to the final issue of this first volume of the Northeast Ohio
Journal of History. We have been extremely pleased with the
response to our publication so far, and look forward to continuing
to serve as a forum for high-quality research on Northeast Ohio
this issue, we feature a group of pieces that reflect nearly
twelve thousand years of Ohio history. Brian Redmond's virtual
museum exhibit provides a brief overview of human habitation
in the Western Reserve from the earliest Native-American settlements
to the founding of Cleveland. Redmond, who is curator of Archaeology
at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, also outlines recent
projects sponsored by the museum to discover more about Northeast
Plank's feature article on the history of academic regalia at
Oberlin College is something of a time-capsule piece, steeped
in the language and sentiments of two disparate generations of
Oberlin students and faculty. Plank, head of the Department of
Musicology at Oberlin, illustrates that something as seemingly
innocuous as the use of academic regalia has had profound social,
religious, ethnic, and political correlates in this academic
community over a one hundred year period.
Powell's document on the 1965 Akron Fair Housing Case is a unique
eyewitness account on the patterns of prejudice in Cuyahoga Falls.
Although essentially a diary of events leading up to the seminal
court case, this piece also attempts to put these events into
a larger context. Powell's epilogue in particular challenges
Gunnar Myrdal's famous conclusion to An American Dilemma.
Given the March 2003 Supreme Court Case concerning housing in
Cuyahoga Falls, this article has a sense of immediacy unusual
for historical articles.
addition to the usual book reviews, we also encourage the reader
to explore the other features of our site. For those who missed
the first issue, please visit our "Archives" link,
which contains the entire contents of our inaugural number. We
have expanded our "Research Links" feature since last
fall, adding not only more primary sources but also links to
local historical agencies. We strongly encourage the reader to
suggest or send new links for this page. The same is true for
items in "Current History," which is a clearinghouse
for information on events of a historical nature in Northeast
Ohio. Because we update this section constantly, please feel
free to send announcements for it at any time.
would also like to remind our readers that printer-friendly versions
accompany each item. These PDF files are not only easier on the
eyes when printed, but also contain basic issue data and page
numbers for convenience in citation.
always, please address any inquiries about this project (or about
any other aspect of the journal) to the editor at email@example.com.
We welcome all comments and suggestions.
would like to take this opportunity to extend a great deal
thanks to Dr. Martin Wainwright of the University of Akron
History Department, who has provided important material support
for this publication since it began. We also wish to express
our sincerest gratitude to our assistant editor, Dyan McClain.
The work that she has done for this journal was as crucial
as it was thankless. This will be her valedictory issue with
us, and we wish her only the very best in all of her future