History/Tourism

Strike Up The Music: Delaware Brass Bands Of The Nineteenth Century

20 Jan , 2023  

By 1808Delaware

Looking back at the annals of history, we can be certain of one thing.

The national passion for brass band music in the nineteenth century was felt here in Delaware County as well. As early as the 1850s, in fact, Delaware was home to a musical ensemble composed solely of brass instruments.

In a piece entitled “The American Brass Band Movement” on the website of the Library of Congress, it shares, “The early 1850s saw the brief flowering of a brilliant style of brass band music that constitutes an important but insufficiently explored part of our musical past.1 The cornets and saxhorns that made up the all-brass bands of the 1850s and remained a popular, though decreasingly prominent, feature of American wind bands through the nineteenth century were capable of producing, in the hands of good players, music of great charm and style.” More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Stuyvesant Hall

15 Jan , 2023  

By 1808Delaware

Stuyvesant Hall is Ohio Wesleyan University’s oldest and one of its most unique dormitories.

The building embodies tradition while at the same time its housing units boast modern amenities.

In 1925, OWU received a bequest of one million dollars from Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Stuyvesant. While neither were alumni of the university, they were childless and as they were nearing the end of their lives, were looking for someplace to donate their lifetime savings.

At this time, they became acquainted with the daughter of one of Stuyvesant’s neighbors, one Katherine Guthrey. Ms. Guthrey, an OWU student, had a character which compelled them to look more closely at the university as a possible beneficiary. More…

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History/Tourism

Delaware County Historical Society Announces Virtual Lecture

6 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) today announced the latest offering in their regular, monthly historical education programming, Delaware County Industrial History: Rubber Products. This free virtual event, available on Zoom will take place on Wednesday, January 18, at 7:00 PM.

The program and discussion will center around the history of the County Engineering building, located on Channing Street in Delaware. The building was originally constructed by K&W Rubber company owners, Guy and Ora Krichbaum, as a production factory in 1918. The company relocated from Ashland to Delaware, enticed by members of the Delaware Commercial Club.

“Steve Schmitt, one of our many passionate volunteers, has done extensive research on Delaware County’s industrial past and we’re fortunate to have him share the interesting facts and engaging stories he’s uncovered,” said Donna Meyer, DCHS Executive Director. “These interactive events are a great opportunity for lifelong learners of all ages to discover more about our shared history here in Delaware County. The evolution of industry and manufacturing has shaped much of our local, national and global history. It’s fascinating to look back in time and think about what we might better understand to positively impact the future.” More…

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History/Tourism

Rutherford B. Hayes And The Christmas Telegram

23 Dec , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

We’re continuing a holiday tradition here at 1808Delaware by sharing a Christmas story about Delaware’s best-known native. This story will remain posted through Christmas Day.

Earlier this year, hundreds joined on the streets of downtown Delaware as a statute of President Rutherford B. Hayes was unveiled at the southwest corner of Sandusky and William Streets, a stone’s throw from the site of his birth. Throughout the year, much has been written about Hayes as the community came together to honor his legacy. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Hotel Blee

9 Dec , 2022  

By: 1808Delaware

The three story building sits prominently on the southwest corner of Union and Winter Streets, just as it has since 1890.

The Hotel Blee may have had a troubled beginning, but it continues to provide residential space 130 years later — albeit of a more long-term variety.

The sturdy brick structure at 42-46 East Winter Street was built as a hotel to replace a frame structure on the site, but that purpose didn’t last long. While it is not known who built the building, it is known that a railroad conductor was either involved or purchased the property very shortly after construction. More…

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History/Tourism

Rutherford And Lucy’s Thanksgivings

23 Nov , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Happy Thanksgiving! We are taking tomorrow off to spend quality and quantity times with our families. We will see you bright and early on Friday.

Delaware native President Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy Hayes were certainly no strangers to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Originally, Thanksgiving Day commemorations were declared on a state-by-state basis, and so varied from date to date and from one year to another. Even though President James K. Polk hosted the first such dinner at the White House, it was during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln that a national celebration was established, the President declaring in October the last Thursday in November to be that date.

The Hayes’ first Thanksgiving in the White House was celebrated on November 29, 1877. More…

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History/Tourism

The Day That Main Street Came To Delaware: Part One

18 Nov , 2022  

By: Owner/Publisher Thomas Palmer, 1808Delaware

Earlier this week, Main Street Delaware shared news that they had received their official, annual accreditation as a nationally accredited Main Street Community by Heritage Ohio. Accreditation is a process by which local downtown programs are assessed pursuant to a set of performance measures. In short, it means that the local program is meeting its mission and accomplishing its goals effectively.

in recognition of that achievement, I thought I would share a bit about how the Main Street program first game to Delaware. That process’ first step was actually a phone call. I know this, as I am the very person who made that call over two decades ago. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Mrs. Murray’s School

13 Nov , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The number of buildings in Delaware which still stand and which have a direct connection to favorite son President Rutherford B. Hayes are few in number.

President Hayes’ family lived in two separate houses along William Street during his childhood. Both have been demolished. That fact makes surviving tangible built reminders of his past worth remembering.

The Mrs. Murray’s School and Orphanage along East Franklin Street is one such building. Built in 1821 as a private institution by Sophia Moore, one of its front rooms was a school where young Rutherford Hayes was educated as was his sister Fanny. It is also the oldest residence inside the current Delaware corporation limits standing on its original site. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: OWU Student Observatory

4 Nov , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

In 1896, the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University welcomed a substantial new addition — a wonderful observatory constructed, according to a college catalogue of the time, “…after the most approved modern ideas.”

The building was the idea of noted OWU Professor Hiram Mills Perkins, himself an institution and one of the foremost academic astronomers of this day. He was so esteemed as Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy that the building was soon referred to as Perkins Observatory.

Perkins taught at OWU from 1873 to 1907. You can read more about Perkins here. More…

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Delaware, History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Delaware Post Office Building

2 Nov , 2022  

By: 1808Delaware

The early decades of the 20th century saw public buildings built across the country, each making a statement about the importance of institutions housed inside their walls.

And, as a bustling city with a population nearing 9,000 inhabitants, a county seat as well as the location for a prominent liberal arts college, Delaware was exactly the kind of place where those investments were being made.

Over 100 years later, the city and the college are both benefiting from the erection of a classically-designed building that has stood the test of time. More…

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