The essays and exhibits were created by students at the University of Toledo.  Students from Toledo's high schools are welcome to submit their essays for consideration.  The criteria is that the essays, exhibits, and other projects must be related to the history of Toledo and Northwest Ohio by focusing on historical events, people, or places in this area.  The essays must include a bibliography and students must have permission to include photographs.

Dunbar and Martin: Printed with the Same Ink (By Patrick Cook, University of Toledo, B.A., English, Creative Writing)

Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1872 as the son of former slaves. Showing potential from a tender age, Dunbar was the first African American poet to be widely read, especially by the white population, and commented on racial relations at the time through his use of dialect in some poems and traditional writing in others. [Read the complete article]

Toledo State Hospital, 125th Anniversity (by Emily Ruckel, M.A. Public/Applied History)

January 6, 2013 marked the 125th anniversary of the Toledo State Hospital (TSH), now known as the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. The last 125 years have witnessed many changes including various names, buildings that have come and gone, shifting philosophies of insanity, and a variety of treatment methods and applications. Although it has seen many changes, since 1888 the hospital has consistently provided mental health care to patients. [Read the complete article]


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