Interested in the history of Stark County? Check out these reads to get the scoop on what Stark is known for and other significant events from the past.
1. “Akron-Canton Football Heritage”
by Thomas Maroon, Margaret Maroon and Craig Holbert (paperback, Arcadia, 2006, 127 pages, $19.99) Akron-Canton Football Heritage traces the rich and storied history of football in the region as well as the contribution of local players, coaches and teams through pictures obtained from multiple collections.
2. “Akron-Canton Baseball Heritage”
by Thomas Maroon, Margaret Maroon and Craig Holbert (paperback, Arcadia, 2007, 127 pages, $19.99) Akron-Canton Baseball Heritage offers a unique look into the history of baseball in the region with historical and present-day photographs.
3. “Greeks of Stark County”
by William H. Samonides (paperback, Arcadia, 2009, 127 pages, $21.99) By the early 20th century, Stark County was one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. To fill the ever-increasing demand for labor, waves of immigrants from Greece and Asia Minor settled in Canton and Massillon.
4. “Italians of Stark County”
by J.A. Musacchia (paperback, Arcadia, 2013, 128 pages, $21.99) Italians of Stark County focuses on Italian immigration into Stark County beginning in the late 1800s. At the time, Stark County’s urban hub of Canton and the surrounding communities were in the middle of a thriving expansion driven by industry, transportation and manufacturing.
5. “Canton Entertainment”
by Kimberly A. Kenney (paperback, Arcadia, 2013, 127 pages, $21.99) Over the years, Cantonians have enjoyed a wide variety of amusements, from traveling theatrical shows to communitywide celebrations.
by Gay Morgan Moore (paperback, Arcadia, 2009, 127 pages, $21.99) This book features postcards of important Canton sites as well as a chapter dedicated to Meyers Lake, the center of recreation in Canton for nearly 100 years.
7. “Canton: A Journey Through Time”
by Kimberly A. Kenney (paperback, Arcadia, 2003, 160 pages, $24.99) Well known as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton sports a rich and diverse history reaching back much further than the founding of the NFL here in 1920. Home to President William McKinley and world-famous industries such as Hoover and Diebold, Canton also once was proudly hailed as the agricultural equipment capital of the world.
Books provided by the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org