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Local City and County History

Rutherford B. Hayes
19th President of the United States

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Born in Delaware, Ohio, Rutherford Hayes went to Kenyon College and on to Harvard Law School. He fought in the Civil War and became the 19th President of the United States from 1877-81. During his term as President, he worked to heal the country of our Civil War strife.  

For more information go to  HERE.

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Rutherford B. Hayes: A Journey Home

When the city of Delaware installed a sculpture of President Hayes in the center of town, Delaware Hayes students Gianni Cordi, Brandon Schrader, and Thomas Hering documented the unveiling. Brent Carson and Bill Reitz share Rutherford B. Hayes' life story. 

Film is here.

Hayes Informational pages: 

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum link


A hundred years ago on March 29, 1913, a huge storm left the city of Delaware flooded. The flood took lives and greatly damaged Delaware and Powell. Today we have numerous safety features in place to keep this from happening again but we can walk along William and Union Streets and see the markers showing the height of the Olentangy River at its peak. 

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.Perkins Observatory, Star Charts, and the Big Ear

Do you love to stare at the stars at night? On a cloudless night go outside and look at the sky. What do you see? What colors are the stars? Can you find a constellation? Have you seen the International Space Station travel across the sky?  There is so much to see and learn about space and the night sky. Hiram Perkins felt the same way. Have you visited the Perkins Observatory on SR 23 south of Delaware? This site is the second observatory built in Delaware. Check out their programs for families.

Then and Now

The city of Delaware, Ohio was established in1808 just five years after Ohio became a state. By 1808, numerous people lived in town and there were essential businesses. Since that time, the city has grown and changed quite a bit. Think about some of the changes since you were little. Many stores have come and gone, and new ones established. What else has changed over time?

Travel back in time as you view these slides. Put on your thinking cap and figure out where these businesses are and what business stands there today. Have fun!

P.S. You may need the help of a parent or grandparent to discover the locations.

Ohio Woman's Suffrage

Ohio women did not get the right to vote until 1920. Think about that. What year did our country start? When did Ohio become a state? How long was it until women were able to vote? 

National American Woman Suffrage Association was one group that lobbied, marched, and protested for the right to vote. Ohio women were actively involved in the struggle for suffrage and formed the Ohio Woman's Suffrage Association in the late 1800s. Ohio voters went to the polls in 1912 and voted on an amendment but the amendment did not pass until 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment states, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

Delaware County Fair

Who grows the largest pumpkin in the county? Who bakes the best pie? Which 4-H member raised a beautiful bunny?

These are some of the questions that are answered at our local county fair. You, too, can place your work in a display and competition.  Have you attended the Delaware County Fair? It is a fun, week-long event for people of all ages.  Games, animals, races, food, rides, and exhibitions. This year it will look a bit different and you may not be able to attend due to social distancing. If you can't go to the fair, you can learn about it and make your own neighborhood fair. Learn more here. 

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Little Brown Jug

What is a Pacer? Well, I am not thinking of a student at a Delaware city school but rather, a race horse. Delaware, Ohio is the home of the Little Brown Jug harness race. 

A pacer is a Standardbred horse that runs with a specific gait. Pacers move the legs on one side of their body in together: left front and rear, and right front and rear. This action shows why pacers are often called “sidewheelers.”

Find out more about The Little  Brown Jug, harness racing, pacers, horse sculptors and crafts.

Harness Racing Silks Coloring Page

Curly Smart       Little Brown Jug Math Activities        Little Brown Jug Winnings Recent Years

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