This exhibit focuses on the legacy of historic spaces throughout Toledo and the Maumee Valley in Northwest Ohio and the changes that have taken place and transformed this space. Those who grew up in the area, nevertheless, remember the places, buildings, events, and establishments. Historical markers are also visible reminders of spaces, establishments, and events that shaped the history of the region and transformed the spaces often beyond recognition. This collection is meant to help parents, grandparents, curators, and storytellers pass memories to tose who are younger and unfamiliar with Toledo's past. Social media is another place for remember the bygone places, establishments, and people who are no longer around.
The collections have been in the Toledo's Attic collection since the beginning of the project. Many of these sets also appear throughout the essays and various narratives in Toledo's Attic. Most photographs come from the manuscript collections at the Ward M. Canaday Center at the University of Toledo while some others (news clippings and book pages) have been included with permission and through fair use. Many images are also in the public domain.
This collection features Toledo's commercial, industrial, and social past from the 1880s to recent decades. Many of these images also appear in other exhibits including some pictorial essays. The gallery above changes each time you arrive at this page. Use the links below to view the slide shows by subject area. Click or touch an image for individual viewing. These were donated to the University of Toledo's Ward M. Canaday Center by Mr. Donald Duhaime who donate these over several years.
Toledo, like most modern cities has lost its share of early historic landmarks. This exhibit remembers a few of the most notable that are long gone or altered. Each page offers a turn-of-the-century postcard or view with a photograph that duplicates (as closely as possible) the postcard view. Commercial, industrial, public, residential, natural and recreational sites are featured. This feature was based on an exhibit of early postcards presented by the Ward M. Canaday Center in 1993 entitled, "Wish You Were Here!" This exhibit was funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council. A primary resource for the original exhibition's text was William D. Speck's 1983 thesis entitled, "Lost Toledo: A Study of Demolished Architecture in Toledo, Ohio." The Columbia University student of Historic Preservation documented 156 "historically significant" structures that had been destroyed or significantly altered. All of the modern photographs were taken by William Hartough of the University of Toledo's Public Information Office.
Ohio historical markers throughout Toledo speak to the remarkable events and institutions that shaped the community since its foundation. While the buildings (and the people and organizations who built them) may no longer be there, markers stand as reminders to current and future generations. This exhibit features Toledo historical markers through photos and Google Street Views allowing viewers to look around the spot. The linked pages present the front and back sides of the markers with transcription of the text. Included with this collection of monuments and descriptions is an essay written by Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse: Toledo Historical Monuments and Markers
A monument is a curious way to record history. It is the oldest, most ancient form of history writing (what else is a pyramid or a statue but a memorial of some past?) and still remains a popular means of expressing historical ideas. Like the ancients, our society still etches its feats and stories in stone and metal.
Postcards: Toledo Monuments and Parks - Images of Toledo statues, monuments, and historical parks
Toledo Historical Monuments and Markers (PDF exhibit)