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City at the Summit


History, Regional Interest

DescriptionPremiering at the Civic Theater in 1976, this 39-minute film was made for Akron’s Sesquicentennial celebration. City at the Summit is a history of Akron from the time of its founding by Simon Perkins in 1825, through its becoming a major canal town, surviving the Great Depression, and becoming the “rubber capital of the world,” ending with parades and celebrations associated with the Sesquicentennial.

AuthorJack Gieck was an engineer and past-president of the Canal Society of Ohio and founder of Cinemark, Inc., a producer of technical and historical films including the award-winning video series Ohio’s Canal Era. He is the author of the popular A Photo Album of Ohio’s Canal Era, 1825–1913 (Kent State University Press, 1988).