Western Reserve Historical Society
In 1867, the Western Reserve Historical Society was founded to preserve and present the history of all of the people of northeast Ohio. Today, it is the largest privately supported regional historical society in the nation. The name Western Reserve Historical Society has its originas in the geography of the United States at the time the region was settled. At that time, most of the western borders were inexact. Northern Ohio is exactly west of Connecticut, and so Ohio was originally part of the state of Connecticut. In 1786, the State of Connecticut gave up its claims to Western lands of the United States, except for a portion of northeastern Ohio known as the Connecticut Western Reserve. Later, the land was sold to the Connecticut Land Company, which surveyed and settled the region, but the name Connecticut Western Reserve--or just Western Reserve--continued to be used to describe the northeastern section of Ohio.