The history of Akron and
Summit County is vibrant, filled with the drama of opportunity
and ingenuity, of extraordinary success and cataclysmic failure,
and of persistence and hard work. It is a history of people –
Connecticut Yankees, southern migrants, immigrants from all over
the world, and many other people who came to this area looking
for opportunity some of whom left behind artifacts and
photographs as records of their accomplishments and experiences.
The canal era, potteries, the rubber industry, lighter-than-air
flight, trucking industry, marble and toy- making, the
All-American Soap Box Derby, the soft drink industry, and many
other facets of local history are represented by artifacts and
Although a collaborative effort drawing upon the resources of a number
of organizations and individuals, the Summit County Historical Society
acts as the organizational head providing its offices and staff to
assist the various partners. The current exhibit curator is Bill Cody.
This is a volunteer effort and the hours open to the public are limited.
Feel free to stop in and
stroll through the exhibits, perhaps to learn about our
community, or maybe just to enjoy the memories of past times
living here. Seasonal hours are listed below.