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The Lasting Wonder of Toledo’s 20th Century Department Stores

In 1975, a crowd of thousands gathered around the former Tiedtke’s Department Store as it burned to the ground. Others, like Toledoan Wendy Chorney...

Asiatown’s Long History of Providing Community in Cleveland

When Johnny Wu moved back to Cleveland in 1984, he was searching for a community to call home. Wu was born in Cleveland in 1967,...

Resettlement to Revitalization: How Immigration Shaped Northwest Ohio’s Labor History

For most of his childhood in the mid-1900s, Sesario Duran’s family moved around in pursuit of work opportunities. His father worked for a railroad...

Signs of the Past in a Forward-looking Chicago Neighborhood

The yellow-on-black block letters are faded, and for most of the year, it’s obscured by ivy. But southbound riders on the Red Line “L”...

The Complicated Legacy and Future of Chicago’s Koreatown

Walking down the streets of Albany Park is like following a trail of breadcrumbs. Spotted with Korean signage, the Chicago neighborhood, once the city’s...

Remembering Elektro, Mansfield and the “World of Tomorrow”

In 1938, Elektro the Moto-Man was “born” in Mansfield, Ohio.  The seven-foot-tall, steel-framed humanoid was “the product of 13 years of mechanical intellectual and cultural...

From Survival Food to Family Heirloom: The Story of the Pie

It's a cool Sunday evening in late 1960s Chicago. Catherine Lambrecht and her sisters race up the stairs to their grandmother's apartment. Their first...

America & the World: The Legacy of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

From April to December 1904, visitors toured the St. Louis World's Fair where sights of whimsy and wonder awaited them. They could stop by...

A New Yorker’s Ode to the Midwest

A pit sat in my stomach, along with the plane peanuts and the three cups of coffee my mother had advised against. I had...

Speaking Chinglish in Milwaukee: How Heritage Languages Shape the AAPI Experience

Vanessa Tsang Shiliwala was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but feels more like a first-generation Taiwanese and Chinese immigrant. She spent much of her childhood...

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