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This short Then & Now documentary explores the site on Third Street in Mansfield where an Episcopal Church, a Carnegie Library, and a President of the United States all converge in time.

The Blockhouse in Mansfield is an authentic relic from the War of 1812, and a rare and tangible link to the city's frontier heritage in the days of Johnny Appleseed. Here is a short history of the city's treasure, its origin in 1812, its resurrection in 1908 for Mansfield's Centennial, and i…

One of Mansfield's best kept secrets... right out in the open where anyone can see it. This was the very first of the Mansfield Samplers, and still the rarest. It is narrated by Marc Wilkinson, the man I had intended to do them all, who subsequently moved away and took his voice with him.

Exploring the history of the public Square in Mansfield, Ohio as a groundwork for understanding why a movement is underway to restore the Square to its original undivided state.

Maybe you have had the opportunity to take a walk in the woods at Malabar Farm, and most likely you don't know how lucky you are to have had that opportunity... so a short film The Woods at MALABAR will make your next walk there a little more meaningful. Sponsored by MOHICAN ADVOCATES who ar…

To look at North Lake today in Mansfield, Ohio you might not guess that it was once a lively and thriving amusement complex called Luna Park.

Created in 2008 as an introduction for hikers at the Mansfield Bicentennial Underground Railroad Walk, this short documentary is a brief overview of what the underground railroad was, with stories of some local stations.

The first professional base ball game in America took place on June 1, 1869 when the Cincinnati Red Stockings took on the Mansfield Independents in Mansfield, Ohio.

The City of Mansfield, Ohio sits on earth made of a pink sandstone considered so amazing in the 1880s that it was quarried and shipped all over the world. This is the story of the stone, the quarry and a world famous building created to be pink.

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Dick Cox was born July 25, 1928. He grew up in Mansfield's Woodland neighborhood, graduated from Mansfield Senior, and earned an appointment to West Point. He was last seen Jan. 14, 1950, when he was just 21 years old. No one really knows what happened to him after that night.

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Mt. Mansfield slopes actually face due north: making them the last hillsides in the valley to lose their snow in the spring … and ideal for skiers and tubers.

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The steel mill in Mansfield has been known by different names to different generations of families in Richland County. Today, we know it as AK Steel, but within recent lifetimes, it was called Empire Detroit and Cyclops. In 1924, shortly after the business came into being, it was called the Mansfield Sheet and Tin Plate Company.

Well-known and nationwide, the Tappan Mansfield plant excelled at innovation in the industry, leading the entire stove market again and again through the decades with cutting edge technology like gas-electric power, oven-door windows, and the microwave oven.

Around 1937, Wilbur Corell and his parents opened Corell's Potato Chips in Strasburg, Ohio. The business did well, but Wilbur went off to World War II, and when he returned he settled in Mansfield while his parents and brother continued the family operation.

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In 1910, these roadworthy gentlemen took off in the first Plymouth automobile — driving to New York and Atlantic City from … Plymouth, Ohio. This car, named for the village, was a prototype created by the J.D. Fate Company in Plymouth, better known for the manufacturing of locomotives.

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In 1896, a triple-murder was committed in Pleasant Valley that still lingers with a haunting chill that traditionally arises again this time each year as a true-life Halloween tale -- although it took place in the heat of summer, and with a matching passion.

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ANKENYTOWN -- I had a great time Thursday night talking to folks at the Butler Historical Society. Their president, Lonnie Beveridge, invited me to come talk to them about Ankenytown, which I have written about here previously.