History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: Mark Twain

16 Nov , 2021  

By: 1808Delaware

The date was February 10, 1885. That afternoon, three visitors to Delaware exited the train and secured transportation downtown. Making their way to the new City Hall and Opera House, they made their way to the second floor.

One of the men was a well-known novelist of the day, a man known for his written and vocal representations of life in the southern United States. One of the others was an American icon of the first order, an author, raconteur, and humorist.

The two, who were in the midst of their “Twins of Genius” Tour, were George Washington Cable and Samuel L. Clemens, better known as “Mark Twain.” More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: The Father Of Hungarian Democracy

21 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We’re doing a bit of a “spin” today on one of our standard series.

We have highlighted stories of visits to Delaware County by important figures of literary, academic, artistic, and political history in a series we call “When Delaware County Welcomed.” Through those posts, we have looked back in time to consider all of the well-known individuals who have stopped in the city.

Of course, many of these visitors came to Delaware, both because of its larger population than other county communities and because of the presence of Ohio Wesleyan University. Occasionally, these guests would some from some distance.

One of the first major world political figures to visit Delaware arrived in the winter of 1852, visiting the city on a tour across the Midwest. Lajos Kossuth, also known as Louis Kossuth, was a Hungarian nobleman, lawyer, journalist, politician, statesman and Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the revolution of 1848–49. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: Frederick Douglass

18 Mar , 2021  

Originally shared in 2018, this article has been updated with additional information.

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Throughout its 210 year history, this part of Ohio has been visited by several individuals with significant places in history. Today, we look at one man who visited Delaware County no fewer than three times over a 27 year period. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: The Fisk Jubilee Singers

10 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Did you know that Delaware is one of the places where American musical history was made?

In fact, it was made over 149 years ago, in November 1871.

That month a concert took place in Delaware featuring a group of singers from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. That institution of learning, founded a few years previously to provide African American students with the best education possible, was struggling in the post-War south and faced bankruptcy. The idea was advanced by Fisk’s treasurer to have a number of students form a choir which would travel to raise funds for the college. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

When Delaware County Welcomed: Congressman John Lewis

17 Jan , 2021  

A Civil Rights Legend

Ohio Wesleyan Remembers Congressman John Lewis’ 2014 Campus Visit UPDATE: U.S. Congressman John Lewis, 80, died July 17, 2020, following a battle with cancer. In 2014, he spoke at Ohio Wesleyan and received an honorary degree from the University — OWU’s highest honor.