Local History Resources
I'm often asked where I find the stories I tell during tours and presentations, I'm happy to share...
Cultural Heritage Institutions
If you want to physically visit some great local history venues, check out my reviews on Toledo.com's Toledo Time Travels.
If you want to explore some good books featuring our local history, here's a list to get you started:
Banksters, Bosses, and Smart Money: Social History of the Great Toledo Bank Crash of 1931 Hardcover – December 15, 2004 by Timothy Messer-Kruse
East Side Story: People & Places in the History of East Toledo Paperback – September 1, 1993 – by Larry R. Michaels
...Nothing Personal..Just Business Paperback – 2006 – by Kenneth R. Dickson (also check out Ken's other books: Something for Nothing and Benjamin Franklin Stickney and the Maumee Valley
Men of Patriotism, Courage & Enterprise: Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 Paperback – January 1, 1985 – by Larry L Nelson
The Toledo War: The First Michigan-Ohio Rivalry Paperback – October 10, 2008 – by Don Faber
Captain Cushing in the War of 1812 Paperback – 1944 – A Journal Edited by Harlow Lindley
Toledo: A History in Architecture 1835-1890 (Images of America) Paperback – December 5, 2001 – by William D. Speck
Toledo: A History in Architecture 1890-1914 (Images of America) Paperback – November 6, 2002 – by William D. Speck
Toledo: A History in Architecture 1914 to Century's End (Images of America) Paperback – November 26, 2003 – by William D. Speck
Toledo: The 19th Century (Images of America) Paperback – September 13, 2004 – by Barbara L. Floyd
Toledo: The 20th Century (Images of America) Paperback – October 24, 2005 – by Barbara L. Floyd
The internet is full of fantastic local history resources for educators, researchers, and history buffs. To start you off on your online journey, here are a number of useful links. They are not arranged in any particular order.
Toledo's Attic (expertly curated by my good friend and outstanding digital archivist, Arjun Sabharwal
This list will be updated periodically with additional resources. I hope you enjoy your journey into our past!