Today we will be continuing our monthly #MorrowMonday article.
The article we are featuring is dated September 9, 1909, it highlights an early historic book about Ohio titled, “Historical Collections of Ohio” written by Henry Howe. This book had a huge impact on Josiah Morrow at an early age. The article provides some history on Henry Howe, how Henry became involved in these books, and the success of his book on Ohio. Here are some highlights from this article:
- “When he was eleven years old Henry used to carry the proofs of the first edition of Webster’s Dictionary from his father’s printing office to Noah Webster’s home.”
- Henry was impressed by the book “Historical Collections of Connecticut” by John W. Barber. “Seeing this new book about his native state Mr. Howe calls his “life-directing incident.””
- “In the spring of 1840 the young man surprised Mr. Barber by proposing to join him in making a book on the state of New York on the same plan. His offer was accepted, and the two men traveled over the the whole of that great state.”
- “Ohio was the fourth state over which Henry Howe traveled for the purpose of making a book upon it.”
- “In Warren county he drew views in Lebanon and Franklin only.”
Western Star, September 9, 1909
Historical Collections of Ohio, Henry Howe
You can read the article in its entirety over at Ohio Memory or you can read Henry Howe’s book in its entirety over at Archive.org .
Josiah Morrow (1838-1928) was a Warren County native and grandson to the famed Jeremiah Morrow. He took great pride in preserving the history of Warren County and wrote a weekly column in the Western Star from 1907-1928.
Today the Warren County Records Center & Archives had the pleasure of accepting the OHRAB Achievement Award, awarded by The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board. We won this award: for our work furthering the digital accessibility and archival preservation of Ohio’s public records, exemplified by the innovative use of its website to make its records easily available to researchers around the world.
We, as a department, have worked hard over the past few years to ensure the effort we put into digitizing, preserving, and indexing our historical records was not just for our use. It seems pointless to have these amazing records organized if they are not available to everyone. So thanks to our fearless leader, Jen Haney Conover, who made her vision for the Records Center & Archives a reality.
The purpose of making sure we share our work with anyone with internet access is because these records are typically hard to get a hold of. Many people aren’t comfortable trying to navigate public records, we are only open normal business hours so access can sometimes be an issue, and it can be extremely disheartening to reach out to us only to find out we do not have what you are looking for. Our end game result would ultimately be for as many people as possible to use our website for research and for each individual to find something truly unique to their story. By receiving distinguished awards such as this it helps put us in the eye of the County Officials and the eye of the public to help spread the word and for that we are truly thankful!
We hope you have had the chance to browse the indexes and images available on our website so far. If you haven’t please feel free to check out The Warren County Records Center & Archives County Index page.
Warren County Archives Staff left to right: Jana Wells, Shayla Wheat, Jen Haney Conover, Jenifer Baker, Tori Roberts, and Ted Hitchens
OHRAB Award Acceptance, Warren County Commissioners Meeting – January 15, 2019
Warren County OHRAB Achievement Award – Accepted January 15, 2019