Delaware County newspapers from 1916-17 online

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On Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Cryder Historical Center, 157 E. William St., Jenni Salamon, coordinator of the Ohio Newspaper Project, will discuss “Unearthing History with Delaware Newspapers on Ohio Memory and Chronicling America.”

The Delaware County Historical Society has made the Delaware Daily Journal Herald newspaper for 1916 and 1917 available online at, a service of Ohio History Connection. The Journal Herald was published between March 21, 1902 and March 30, 1929.

Like many newspapers of the time, the Journal Herald published local, state and national news, covering topics from sports to culture to politics, as well as items of a more general interest such as agriculture, religion, architecture and other topics.

The Delaware County Historical Society digital newspaper project is to provide digital access to newspapers 100 years after publication. The only existing Delaware newspapers for 1916-1929 is the Delaware Journal Herald, a news release states.

The Historical Society volunteers search paper copies of the Delaware newspapers to answer questions about past county events, businesses, and activities. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Many of the early 20th century newspapers are fragile; pages are flaking away. The newspapers and the history they represent are literally crumbling even as they reveal their stories.

This year four years (1916–1919) will be added to the collection, thanks to a grant from the Delaware County Commissioners and assistance from Ohio History Connection. As funds become available, the Society will continue digitizing the newspapers published between 1820 and 1922. Donations to the project are welcome and may be sent to the Delaware County Historical Society, 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

To learn more about digitizing Delaware newspapers or to help raise funds for the digitization of more years, contact the Delaware County Historical Society 740-369-3831, ext. 2.

Staff report