Historic tollbooth, post office to reopen to the public in Ohio

Historic tollbooth, post office to reopen to the public in Ohio


A 19th-century Ohio toll house and post office has been restored and is reopening to the public.

The Coleraine Historical Society will dedicate the Blue Rock/Banning Toll House and Creedville Post Office at Colerain Heritage Park on Oct. 29.

The toll house was built in 1829 after lawmakers approved charging for road use. It originally was located at Blue Rock and Banning roads and became the Creedville Post Office and General Store as early as 1879.

The building’s use as a post office ended in 1905.

Historical-society members took possession of the building and moved it into storage in 2002. Group treasurer Chris Henson says a descendant of Creedville’s first postmaster will cut the ribbon for the reopening.

Developers offer to buy Dr. Seuss mural decried as racist


A real-estate developer and his partner have offered to buy a mural featuring a Chinese character from a Dr. Seuss book after it was deemed offensive.

The mural inside the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Massachusetts features illustrations from the author’s first children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.”

The museum, in the author’s hometown of Springfield, said recently the mural will be replaced after three children’s authors said it contains a “jarring racial stereotype.”

The Republican reports Chinese-American developer Andy Yee and businessman Peter Picknelly announced they’re willing to buy the mural if it’s removed. Picknelly called the criticism “political correctness gone insane.”

Democratic Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he wants the mural to remain in the museum.

Mandela exhibit opens in Arkansas

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Photographs commissioned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation along with a re-creation of the former South African president’s prison cell and memorabilia from former President Bill Clinton highlight a temporary exhibit at Clinton’s library in Little Rock.

Clinton opened the exhibit while visiting Little Rock to mark the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of the city’s Central High School. He called “Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu” a must-see.

Matthew Willman photographed Mandela in his final years and his work is central to the collection presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Visitors can enter a replica of the 8-foot-by-7-foot prison cell where Mandela was held for 18 of the 27 years he was held as a political prisoner in a country he later ran.

The exhibit closes Feb. 19.

Exhibit explores police surveillance


A new exhibit in New York is highlighting photographs by the New York Police Department that show how police surveillance created an expansive record of the 1960s and 1970s.

The city’s Department of Records and Information Services is hosting the exhibition – “Unlikely Historians: Materials Collected by NYPD Surveillance Teams, 1960-1975” – through February. The New York Times reports the recently-opened show includes 30 photographs and seven film segments created while the NYPD Photo Unit was working with investigative bureaus that monitored groups deemed to be dangerous or subversive.

Records department officials say the path to the exhibition began after an official found nearly 150,000 historical images inside the basement of NYPD headquarters.

Associated Press

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