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Then & Now is a wonderful book filled with archival photos of Kent dating back to the 19th century. Those photos are compared with full color photos from today. The reader gets to see the profound changes that Kent has undergone. See the Mill, the way it was in 1890 and compare it to the way it looks today. See views of South River Street when it was a dirt road travelled by horse and buggy compared to today. North Water Street in its heyday in the early 70s and what that same strip looks like now. What did Ray's place look like long before it was Ray's. There is so much more. Oh yes there's full color panorama of our city taken from the roof of the old hotel and compared with its b&w twin taken in 1927. Order your copy today.

Then & Now

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By Bruce Dzeda, 50 pages, fully illustrated, Kent Historical Society Press, published 2010
This profusely illustrated book traces the history of the Erie railroad from its inception as the A&GW railroad and the profound effect it had on the economy of the city of Kent. The book is filled with historical photos of the railroad from the early steam engines to the powerful diesels. The timeline tracks Marvin Kent's vision for the rail line through to the final days of passenger service as well as giving the reader a vivid picture of the many immigrants that settled in Kent and worked in the rail shops and the social impact they had on the city.
The book has over 60 historical photos, maps and illustrations that amplify Mr. Dzeda's wonderful narrative.

Railroad Town

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By Roger J. Di Paolo, 2009, 278 pages, 101 articles, 130 photos, index Kent Historical Society Press ISBN 9781607251750 Paperback Di Paolo is editor of the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier where his "Portage Pathways" is a weekly local history feature. This collection of 101 columns includes tales of  Kent's early history, business and industry, crimes and the growth of its educational institutions, including Kent State University, and profiles many of its most prominent citizens. It includes 130 historical photographs.

101 Tales

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82 pages, illus . Kent Historical Society Publication, 2008 (ISBN 978160725143) A reprint of the original cookbook published by the Circle “C” Ladies' Union of Kent's Congregational Church in 1924 with 300 of their favorite recipes with vintage advertisements from the period.

1924 Cookbook

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By Karl H. Grismer, revised edition 2001, 320 pp, illus., index Kent Historical Society Publication (reprint of 1932 Record Publishing Co.) Softcover Contents include history of the area prior to the settlement of Franklin Mills through Kent's growth and includes detailed listings on its industries, churches, schools, military service records and a “who's who” list of profiles of leaders through 1931. If you're a student of Kent History this is a must-have.

Grismer, History of Kent

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By James Caccamo, 2000, 50 pages Kent Historical Society Publication A brief history of Kent's important events from its native American heritage and early settlers through the Underground Railroad and the changes that turned a small town called Franklin Mills into the city of Kent. This paperback is written for elementary students in grades 2-4.

Kent, Ohio

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By Christian Cackler, fifth reprint, 52 pages, photos, index, Roger Thurman Publisher. This is the fifth printing of Christian Cackler's memories which first appeared in print in 1874, four years prior to his death. Cackler wrote this first published memoir of the area around what is now Kent, from the early 1800s which included portraits of native americans, the difficulty of the early life of the settlers and prominent families including the Haymakers, Kents and the abolitionist John Brown.

Christian Cackler

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143 pages, illus. index, Kent Historical Society Press, 2008 (ISBN 9781607251743) The actual letters of Kent resident Leo Bietz to his friends and family have been transcribed covering the period of time when he was drafted in 1918, while he drove an ambulance in France until he returned home to the family business in 1919. Photos, some in full color.

Kent and the Great War

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By Frank P. Vazzano, 2008, 322 pp, illus., index Kent State University Press ISBN 9780873389204 Hardcover. This political biography marks the first full treatment of Kent's own native son, Martin L. Davey. An important figure in the early decades of the twentieth century, Davey served as mayor of Kent, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and completed two terms as Ohio governor. The book includes descriptions of his life from dutiful son to founder of the Davey Tree Company.

Martin L. Davey

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By Michelle Tryon Wardle, 2005, 128 pages, illus. index Arcadia Publishing ISBN 0-7385-3381-5 Using archival photos and captions, the history of Kent is traced from its earliest 19th century images through the end of the 20th century including major events and personalities. A great companion book for Grismer's, History of Kent.

Images of Kent

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By Cara Gilgenbach & Theresa Walton, 2008. 128 pages, illus. index Arcadia Publishing The author's trace the history of sports at Kent during the school's first century of growth from its founding in 1910 as a teacher's training college into a major public university including a number of outstanding athletes, teams and coaches. Photos with captions.

KSU Athletics

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By Loris C. Troyer, 1998, 362 pages, illus. index Kent State University Press ISBN 0-87338- 600-0 Hardcover Troyer joined the Ravenna-Kent Record Courier in 1936 and eventually served as its editor and executive editor. After his retirement he wrote a weekly historical column entitled “Portage Pathways” on topics ranging from historical landmarks and events to eminent or interesting people to politics, society, and the value of recording local history. This book collects over 140 of his most memorable essays, illustrated with historical photographs.

Portage Pathways

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A local history authored by Record-Courier Editor Roger J. Di Paolo. "The Ravenna Record: The People and Events That Shaped a Community" is a compilation of stories selected from Di Paolo's Sunday "Portage Pathways" column that focus on the Ravenna community and the lives of those who shaped it as well as others who grew up in Ravenna and achieved mightily beyond its borders.

Ravenna Record

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56 pages, illus. ISBN 978-1-60725-176-7) An all new edition (2012) of this popular book. Many new ghostly stories have been added. A collection of unexplained ghostly happening as recounted by Kent residents who experienced them or have heard of these “sightings”. From the ghost at Ray's bar to the tales of the beautiful wife who died in a fire, these stories are spookylishish tales from the Tree City.

Haunting Tales

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Meet Me at Ray's celebrates more than seventy-five successful years (and counting) of Ray's Place, a restaurant and bar located near the Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio. Once referred to as the place where the hustlers meet to hustle the hustlers, Ray's Place has survived decades of trends, changes, and events. Hundreds of students have worked there, thousands of customers have dined there, and millions of glasses have been raised there.

Ray's Place

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The first biography of the vagabond and hard-boiled writer who rocked Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties
The son of an Irish ditch-digger, Jim Tully (1886-1947) left his hometown of St. Marys, Ohio, in 1901, spending most of his teenage years in the company of hoboes. Drifting across the country as a "road kid," he spent those years scrambling into boxcars, sleeping in hobo jungles, avoiding railroad cops, begging meals from back doors, and haunting public libraries. After six years on the road, he jumped off a railroad car in Kent, Ohio, with wild aspirations of becoming a writer.

Jim Tulley

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Video documentary by Bryan Hill. This video documents the history of the Fageol Bros. and their development of the Twin Coach bus company. The video traces the company from its early beginnings through WWII and eventually to its closing. Includes oral histories from former employee's and photos of the factory and the many busses produced by the company. 30 minutes.

Twin Coach (DVD)

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Produced by the KHS. A short documentary on the building blocks of the Kent community including the importance of the Cuyahoga River, the Underground Railroad and slavery as well the coming of the canal and railroad, Davey Tree and ending with the founding of Kent Normal school.
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Kent the Early Years (DVD)

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Films shot in the mid 1930s by local Kent resident Roscoe Hahn. Scenes include downtown Memorial Day parades, football, drum & bugle competitions at Brady Lake Amusement Park and a trip over the park in the Goodyear blimp. There is a wonderful scene of the park. 15 minutes

Kent in the 30's (DVD)

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On October 12, 2012, the play, May 4th Voices, was featured at the annual Oral History Association Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.  Over the next month, film director Mathias Peralta and stage director Katherine Burke worked with the cast to create a film version of the production to accompany A Teacher’s Resource Book for May 4th Voices. 

May 4th Voices (DVD)

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The text of David Hassler’s play is based on the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project, begun in 1990 by Sandra Halem and housed in Kent State University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives. The collection is comprised of over 110 interviews, with first-person narratives and personal reactions to the events of May 4, 1970, from the viewpoints of members of the Kent community; Kent State faculty, students, alumni, staff, and administrators who were on campus that day; and National Guardsmen, police, hospital personnel, and others whose lives were affected by their experience. Weaving these voices and stories together anonymously, Hassler’s play tells the human story of May 4th and its aftermath, capturing the sense of trauma, confusion, and fear felt by all people regardless of where they stood that day.

May 4th Voices

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Created to supplement May 4th Voices, a play based on the 1970 tragedy, A Teacher’s Resource Book for May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970 explains how real teachers in real classrooms have adapted the play to use in various pedagogical situations and levels of instruction. It offers lesson plans and background material for students and teachers, describing the national mood in 1970, the events in Southeast Asia that heightened tensions on U.S. campuses, and the culture of antiwar dissent both nationally and within the community of Kent, Ohio.

May 4th Voices

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