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Virtual Exhibits

Documenting American Prosperity: Photographs from The Independent, 1947–1950

This online exhibit supplements the exhibit of 61 photographs on the second floor of the Museum on exhibit November 2, 2013 - January 31, 2014. The online exhibit features 141 of the scanned 1,600 negatives from the collection of the local newspaper, The Independent.

Massillon State Hospital

The Massillon State Hospital opened September 6, 1898. The hospital continued until the 1970s, when the focus changed, and today operates as the Heartland Behavioral Health Center. The Massillon Museum does not hold any patient or genealogical records. They do exist in the care of Heartland Behavioral Health Center, but these records are kept private.

These photographs are the only records that the Museum does hold, showing the hospital interiors, exteriors, and the nurses who cared for patients (taken from the Massillon Independent negatives) from the 1890s-1950s.

Flood Control Project 1939-1951

The city of Massillon flooded every year, with the worst floods occurring in 1904, 1913, and 1935. The Tuscarawas River took a natural course that curved into the downtown, which increased the reach of the flood.

In 1936, the Massillon Chamber of Commerce formed a committee to work on flood control, officially called the Massillon Conservancy District. The project consisted of moving the Tuscarawas River, moving the railroad tracks, and creating 3 new viaduct bridges.

The project began in 1939 and was finally completed in 1951, costing more than $10 million. The Tremont viaduct opened on October 8, 1948; the Lincoln Way viaduct opened on November 11, 1949, and the Cherry Road viaduct opened on September 14, 1951.

Digitized from the original Independent negatives.
From the collection of the Massillon Museum, gift of the Evening Independent (91.47)

Labor Day in Massillon, 1903

Scanned program for the Labor Day celebration in Massillon, Ohio in 1903. The pages show many photographs from many local businesses and unions, as well as advertisements from businesses of the day.

"General" Jacob Coxey's March on Washington, 1894

Jacob Coxey had revolutionary ideas about currency and labor in his day. Coxey led the first protest march on Washington D.C. in 1894. This gallery shows photographs and materials related to that march. The Museum holds thousands of news clippings, pamphlets, letters, and family photographs from Coxey's political career and family.

For more information, pamphlets, and a documentary film, click here.

A Century of Service: Massillon Community Hospital School of Nursing
Part II: 1950-1986

The Massillon Museum will mark the one hundredth anniversary of Massillon’s first nursing school graduating class with the new exhibition, A Century of Service: Massillon Community Hospital School of Nursing
*This virtual exhibit is in progress. Stay tuned for more information for each photograph!
You can also listen to audio recordings of the MCH School of Nursing Alumni Association.

A Century of Service: Massillon Community Hospital School of Nursing
Part I: 1910-1950

The Massillon Museum will mark the one hundredth anniversary of Massillon’s first nursing school graduating class with the new exhibition, A Century of Service: Massillon Community Hospital School of Nursing
*This virtual exhibit is in progress. Stay tuned for more information for each photograph!
You can also listen to audio recordings of the MCH School of Nursing Alumni Association.
 

Contemporary Republic Steel World Headquarters Photographs By Photographer Jody Hawk

Photographer Jody Hawk presents contemporary interior and exterior photographs of the former Republic Steel World Headquarters on Oberlin Road in southwest Massillon. The images of the nearly-century-old building preserve its visual presence before its imminent demolition.

See the physical exhibit on the Museum's second floor from April 13 - June 2, 2013.

Contemporary Photographs of Massillon's WPA Projects By Photographer Ali Mercer

Intern and photographer Ali Mercer took 35mm film photographs of locations around Massillon where Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects took place in the 1930s.

See the physical exhibit on the Museum's lower level from April 13 - June 2, 2013.

Baseball in Massillon

This gallery contains several digital images taken of glass plate negatives, and prints of various teams and players. All glass negatives were formerly of the Dan Douglass collection, now in the permanent collection of the Massillon Museum.

Massillon Professional Tigers Football Team photos

Photographs from the Massillon Museum's permanent collection.

Massillon Washington High School Football photos
Photographs from the Massillon Museum's permanent collection, covering the Massillon Washington High School football teams from 1891. This is a small portion of the collection. For more information on panoramics or oversized photographs, please contact Archivist Mandy Altimus Pond via email or by phone: 330-833-4061 x113.

Flood of 1913

March 2013 marks the centennial of one of the great floods in Massillon, Ohio. It marked the end of the Ohio & Erie canal that ran through downtown Massillon, caused damage to homes and businesses across the city. Because of the availability and popularity of photography at the time, the flood of 1913 is one of the most well-documented events in Massillon history. Enjoy more than 120 photos from the Massillon Museum's permanent collection.

Robert Peet Skinner, Journey to Abyssinia: The Hidden Empire

This exhibit follows Massillon native Robert Peet Skinner's journey to Abyssinia in 1903, with the goal of signing a trade treaty. Skinner was accompanied by fellow Massillonians Horatio Wales and Dr. Abraham Per Lee Pease.

Let it Snow!

Winter Photographs from the Permanent Collection
Click here to view these photographs.

Faces of Rural America: Henry Clay Fleming & Belle Johnson

The staff of the Massillon Museum completed research about two of its photography collections: photographs by Belle Johnson of Monroe City, Missouri and Henry Clay Fleming of Ravenswood, West Virginia. If you would like to see these two collections in their entirety, please visit our project site: Faces of Rural America website.

Canal Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Massillon, Ohio grew with the building and opening of the Ohio and Erie Canal in the late 1820s. Journey through Massillon and Navarre's canalways in photographs from the permanent collection. Click to here to view the slideshow.

Civil War Portraits from the Permanent Collection

The permanent collection contains local residents in the 1860s, mass-produced cabinet cards of famous Generals of the Civil War, and a series of G.A.R. photographs by Massillon photographer J.C. Haring. Click here to view the slideshow.

Downtown Massillon Photos + Google Maps on History Pin
The Massillon Museum cares for more than 60,000 photographs in the permanent collection. Many requests come in to see photographs of downtown Massillon throughout time. Thanks for a new website, you can view Massillon history through our photos on History Pin!

Severe Weather in Ohio Online Exhibition by OhioHistory.org
Online Exhibition
Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook
www.ohiomemory.org
A project of the Ohio Historical Society, the online scrapbook includes over 26,000 entries from over 330 archives throughout Ohio.  The Massillon Museum is among these archives, and a sampling of photographs taken by Nell Dorr are included on this site.