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Lake Erie's Yesterdays
Selected Images from the Hayes Center Collections
Charles E. Frohman Photograph Collection
Webb C. Hayes I Photograph Collection
Lucy Webb Hayes Photograph Collection
Images from the 1970s, 80s and 90s Fremont (Ohio) News Messenger
Lucy E. Keeler Photograph Collection
Hayes Center Portrait Collection
Hayes Center Stereoscopic Collections
Thaddeus B. Hurd Photograph Collection
Sandusky County Local History Photograph Collection
Reinhard Grob Photograph Collection



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LAKE ERIE'S YESTERDAYS is hosted by the History & Archival Collections database of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons (DRC). Intensely interested in the history of the Erie Islands and Lake Erie's western basin, local historian Charles E. Frohman developed a significant research collection of original manuscripts, cartographics, books, and more than 20,000 photographs.

Four thousand of the images are the work of Sandusky, Ohio commercial photographer Ernst Niebergall. From ice harvesting and railroads to early aviation and island leisure activities, the Niebergall photographs richly depict the everyday lives and activities of Lake Erie's southern shoreline residents. The photographs, taken between 1909 and 1915, provide a record of communities in transition as old methods gave way to advances in industry and technology. Following Niebergall's death in 1954, Charles Frohman preserved the collection and included them in his donation to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums.

Also featured are candid photographs of the Jay Cooke family during annual visits to their summer home on Lake Erie's Gibraltar Island. Dating from the 1880s until 1920,.the photographs are primarily the work of Jay Cooke's son, the Reverend Henry Cooke.