resources & Links


Official Vienna Township Website
Mathews Local School District



Ohio History Connection
Ohio Humanities Council
Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio Memory


Western Reserve Historical Society


Trumbull County Historical Society
Trumbull County Historical Markers
Trumbull County Genealogical Society
Warren-Trumbull County Library (location of the Sutliff Museum)

Commemorative and Topical

McKinley Memorial, Library, and Birthplace
National Packard Museum
Upton Association

Writing the Western Reserve into History

Americans turned towards their collective pasts in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth. Museums and historical societies were founded in great numbers, historic places were so designated, and commemorative sculptures began regularly to appear on the landscape. After the nation's Centennial in 1876, it was time for states and regions established after the first thirteen colonies to celebrate their founding, their stories.

The nation's printing presses issued millions of pages dedicated to genealogy, history, reminiscences, letters, diaries, and journals dedicated to preserving the past. In so doing, these works also preserved a sense of place and a sense of shared heritage. The Western Reserve was the subject of a significant number of books, many of which are now in the public domain and accessible through Google Books.

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Cherry, P.P. The Western Reserve and Early Ohio, 1921
Mathews, Alfred. Ohio and Her Western Reserve, 1902
Mathews, Lois Kimball. The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865, 1909
Mills, William Stowell. The Story of the Western Reserve of Connecticut, 1900
Rice, Harvey.  Incidents of Pioneer Life in the Early Settlement of the Connecticut Western Reserve, 1881
Rice, Harvey. Pioneers of the Western Reserve, 1882
Wing, George Clary, ed.  Early Years on the Western Reserve, 1916
Upton, Harriet Taylor.  History of the Western Reserve, Volume II, 1910
Women's Department, Cleveland Centennial Commission. Album of the Western Reserve Centennial, 1896

Fictional literature about the Western Reserve also appeared in this era of the Colonial Revival. See, for example:

Branch, Edward P.  Plain People: A Story of the Western Reserve, 1892
Riddle, A. G.  Ansel's Cave: A Story of Early Life in the Western Reserve, 1893
Vincent, Clarence Augustus.  Night and the Stars: A Tale of the Western Reserve, 1906

Mapping the Western Reserve

Maps are not only mirrors of an aspect of the real world. Maps, as graphic representations, describe symbolically a place in time. Importantly, as symbols maps tell us much about political, social, and cultural assumptions and practices of the time and place in which they were and are created.

A "zoomable" 1826 map of the Western Reserve--the iconic Savery map--is available via the David Rumsey Map Collection at

The Western Reserve in Ohio History

The Ohio Historical Society's Website holds the contents of the venerable journal, Ohio History. For those of you seeking more information on the history and culture of the Western Reserve, please see:

Anderson, Russell H. "The Pease Map of the Connecticut Western Reserve." 63: 270-278
Brcak, Nancy J. "Country Carpenters, Federal Buildings: An Early Architectural Tradition in Ohio's Western Reserve." 98: 131-46
Carpenter, Helen M. "Origins and Location of the Firelands of the Western Reserve." 44: 163-203.
Davis, Harold E. "Religion in the Western Reserve, 1800-1825: Distinctive Character of Western Reserve Religion." 38: 475-501
Hinsdale, B. A. "The History of Popular Education on the Western Reserve." 6: 35-58
Hutchins, E.F., Esq. "The Western Reserve. How It Has Played an Important Part in the History of Ohio and the Nation." 7: 259-273
Lottick, Kenneth V. "The Western Reserve and the Frontier Thesis." 70: 45-57.
Sugar, Hermine. "The Role of Women in the Settlement of the Western Reserve, 1796-1815." 46: 51-67
Waite, Frederick C. "Sources of the Names of the Counties of the Western Reserve." 48: 58-65
Wheeler, Robert A. "The Literature of the Western Reserve." 100: 101-128