Self-Guided Tours Only

Vintage Days Features WWI Commemoration

July 15, 10am - 4pm

Travel back in time during Vintage Days at Stan Hywet.  In the Manor House, friends, business associates and staff members of the Seiberling family are eager to tell you about life in the early part of the 20th century on an American Country Estate. Played by our Stan Hywet Historic Players acting troupe, this interactive tour takes place on the dates above.  Vintage Days  include vintage base ball (historically accurate spelling) as our resident team, the Akron Black Stockings take on the competition -- details below. Huzzah!

July 15th includes the all-day Akron Cup and a World War I Commemoration. Details below.

Living History Day  in the Manor House

The Stan Hywet Historic Players will portray the following characters (fictional, but based on factual information) from the year 1918. They are eager to chat with you, and share how Akron was affected by the Great War:

  • Mrs. Sophie Alexander, friend of Mrs. Seiberling; Mrs. Natalie Mansfield, friend of Mrs. Seiberling; Mr. John Stuart Morrell, Businessman; Mr. Peter Geraghty, Contract Manager; Chef James; and Katherine Kulka, Laundress. 

Vintage "Base Ball": The Akron Cup, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Bring Blankets or lawn chairs and head over to the Great Meadow to cheer on the Akron Black Stockings, Stan Hywet's resident vintage "base ball" team.
  • The Akron Black Stockings host The Akron Cup with games scheduled all day and eight "clubs" competing and matches (games) taking place simultaneously throughout the day. 

WWI Commemoration, Noon - 4 pm

Carriage House Courtyard - Learn more about Akron’s role in World War I that ended on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, through interactives presented by:

  • 37th Division Western Front 1918, Southeast Ohio History Center
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Stan Hywet Needlework Guild
  • Summit County Historical Society
  • University of Akron Archival Services
  • University of Akron Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Carriage House Auditorium, Noon-4pm --Preview Screening – Lost Voices of the Great War, Summit County in the First World War

  • Be one of the first to view a portion of this new documentary produced by Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and the University of Akron. It recounts the experiences of the Seiberlings and other Summit County residents during World War I. Combining dramatic first-person accounts, interviews and music, the film brings to life period letters, films, photographs and documents from local archives.  This film has been made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities. 

1:30 pm - Searching for Homer Lawson: Ohio’s African American World War I Soldiers

  • Presentation by Paul LaRue, an award-winning retired history teacher. Mr. LaRue examines Ohio’s African American World War I Soldiers’ service and sacrifice, including the story of local Akronite, Lt. Charles C. Jackson.

This program is part of "Summit County and The Great War," a two-year collaborative partnership formed to commemorate Summit County's contributions to the U.S. war effort during World War I, 1917-1918. It is organized and presented by Akron-Summit County Public Library, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Summit County Historical Society, and the University of Akron Archival Services.Supported in part by the Ohio World War I Centennial Commemoration through the Ohio History Connection.


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