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2019 Spring Newsletter
Wall of Honor. The City of Upper Arlington and the Upper Arlington Historical Society are pleased to announce that Lawrence E. Hughes and Blaine T. Sickles have been selected for induction onto the Wall of Honor in 2019. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Launching "Live from the Archives," an on-going short video series discussing items and stories contained in our archives. See the first episode here and others on our YouTube channel. New additions monthly!

Anne Ralph,
one of our newest
Board members!

1) What would your LinkedIn profile tell us about you?
I have lived and studied around the country, but found my way back to central Ohio and Upper Arlington where I am now a professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 

2) Why did you join the Historical Society’s Board?
I have always been fascinated by history and by the stories of people's lives, so being part of a group that celebrates and shares history is a natural fit. I am also excited about the Historical Society because of the opportunity to take UA's history and traditions and weave them into our community's bright future. 

3) Tell us about a project you have already worked on for the Society.
In fall of 2018, I worked with other Society members to put together a timeline of UA history that we displayed during the visit of author Amor Towles (part of the Upper Arlington Author Series). Towles's most recent book, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, begins in 1922--very close in time to UA's 1918 founding. The timeline compared historical events in UA to events in Towles's book, tying UA history to global events in the time period. 

4) What's your favorite thing about living in UA? 
The strong community spirit in UA, which is so evident throughout our history. Our community spirit gives our residents a sense of belonging to a place where people care about each other. This spirit draws people to live in Upper Arlington, whether they have a family history here or are new to the city. Sharing our history is one way the Historical Society helps keep the spirit going. 

New Board Members + Our City's 101st year = Refining Our Mission + Setting New Goals

Mission: As chief stewards of Upper Arlington’s history, our purpose is to discover, preserve and celebrate our heritage, both within the UA community and beyond, in an ongoing and sustainable way.

One identified goal area for 2019 is our Archives, seeking better organization, easier accessibility and more information shared with the public. The Board toured our Archives (in a locked area of the Tremont Library's basement) at their February meeting to get acquainted with the items and our current archival processing system. 
Recent Additions to our Archives - Thanks to the Donors!
  • 2018 Centennial Street Banner - Brendan King
  • Family films from the 1940s including scenes from the Fourth of July parade - David Schoedinger
  • Photos of UAHS students (1930s) taken by Bob Ives - Marjorie Sayers
  • Camp Willis postcards from 1916 (see below) - Jennifer Cook
Thanks to everyone who purchased centennial history books and ornaments for the holidays! Watch for the 2019 keepsake ornament to be unveiled in June (available to members first). History books make great gifts anytime of year, and proceeds support the Society. 
Q: What's the history of the Crimson Cup building? (from our voicemail)
A: The Crimson Cup building began life in the early 1940s as a Standard Oil/SOHIO automobile service station. This is a Bob McKnight rendering showing how it looked back in the day. This image and the write-up are from “The Tri-Village Area in the 1950s."
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