Community: Not For Us Alone

Our theme for the 2017 season takes a look at the Seiberling family and its relationship with Akron, Ohio:

When F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling built Stan Hywet Hall, they intended for it to be more than a family home.

It was also to be a community gathering place, as evidenced by the family’s motto engraved above the front door – Non Nobis Solum (Not for Us Alone).

As two of Akron’s most visible and influential champions in the early 20th  century, F.A. and Gertrude helped to shape Akron as gracious hosts, patrons of the arts, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. Their imprint can be discovered in the history of some of Akron's most enduring institutions, neighborhoods and public spaces. Included among them are The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Tuesday Musical Association, The Akron Garden Club, People’s Hospital (now Cleveland Clinic Akron General), Goodyear Heights, Fairlawn Heights, Sand Run Park (part of Summit Metro Parks) and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.