Postcards: Toledo Military

Images feature the Armory, Camp Taft, and soldiers' homecoming

Toledo Area World War II Veterans

The Ward M. Canaday Center in Carlson Library at the University of Toledo is fortunate to have the manuscript collection of "Steph" Pecsenye, including numerous "V-mail" letters he sent home during the War. "V-mail" or "Victory Mail" was written by service people on pre-printed envelope sheets supplied by the government. The letters were microfilmed and sent back to the United States where they were printed out on paper and mailed to the addressee. V-mail dramatically reduced the bulk of mail, freeing thousands of tons of shipping space for war materials. [Read the complete article]

Related exhibits and collections

Toledo Area World War II Veterans  (slide show)

Veterans History Project (Library of Congress Website)

Index to Oral History Interviews with Toledo-area Veterans (search results)

Veteran History Project Information for local interviewers and prospective interviewees (Ward M. Canaday Center, University of Toledo Libraries)

Veterans History Interviews - with audio (Ward M. Canaday Center, University of Toledo Libraries)

Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections - War, Soldiers, and Veterans

Steven Pecsenye Collection, 1942-1983, MSS-084 (Canaday Center finding aid)


Toledo's Firefighters

The Toledo Fire Department dates back to 1837. This exhibit explores the rich and colorful history of the fire department, examining the firefighters, their equipment, and the fires that they fought through newspaper articles, remembrances, fire station documents, and photographs. The earliest known action taken to form the Toledo Fire Department was on May 29, 1837. At this time, City Council selected a committee to determine the cost of two fire engines for the City of Toledo. On September 25, 1837, the firm of Hoisington and Manning was given the contract to build Engine House No. 1 and the following year to build Engine House No. 2. In December of 1837, Council appointed the first officers and fire warden of our new department. [Read the complete article]

Related exhibit and collections

Toledo's Firefighters (slide show)

Toledo Firefighters Museum (Website)

Toledo Police Museum (virtual exhibits)

War in Their Own Words 

This virtual exhibition features many local veterans from the Toledo area.

Woodlawn Cemetery

Historic Woodlawn Cemetery was recognized as a National Historic site in 1998. The overall landscape design, which follows the principles of the rural cemetery movement, is a significant feature of the district and has been counted as a site. Woodlawn Cemetery has maintained its integrity as a fine example of the "rural cemetery" plan. The rural cemetery incorporates the natural beauty of the landscape with carefully planned lots, and this is what the founders of Woodlawn Cemetery had in mind when they chose the present site. The cemetery association has been careful to maintain the natural landscape and high quality grave markers. Kirk Holdcroft, current Director of the cemetery (1993) and President of the Board of Trustees (1994), is committed to ensuring the cemetery continues in this tradition. [Read the complete article]

Related resources:

Historic Woodlawn Cemetery (Website)

Woodlawn Cemetery Association Records, MSS-112 (Canaday Center finding aid)


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