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The American Toy Marble Museum is a chartered, non-profit organization of Ohio, but it does not compete for non-profit foundation grants. It is a partner in Akron After School and is working closely with The Akron History Exhibit, The Summit County Histor ... more

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Employment History

Hobbs Brockunier & Co.


Gardener and Member
Seed Savers Exchange Inc

Board Member
Stow Munroe Falls Public Library

Board Member
The Marble Museum Inc

Board Member
American Toy Llc

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Michael Cohill

Mary Beth will be sharing her ... [cached]

Mary Beth will be sharing her own beach glass adventures from around the globe, and Michael C. Cohill, of the American Toy Marble Museum in Akron, Ohio, will discuss marbles found along the beaches.

Success Stories [cached]

"Marbles is fast-paced and competitive," said Michael Cohill, director of The Akron District Marble Tournament. "It's all about winning that marble."

Michael Cohill, founder of The American Toy Marble Museum in Akron has organized the Akron District Marble Tournament for two decades. For the first time in 20 years, he said he has witnessed a truly honorable act by one competitor - a Girl Scout.
That's what Girl Scouts do," said Cohill.
Over the past several years, Cohill has personally instructed thousands of children in the game of marbles as part of the City of Akron's after-school programs. He has also shown the game to thousands of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Each child is provided with a bag of marbles to get started, and then they receive a lesson in how to play the game.
"If they win a marble, they're going to hold onto it. It becomes a treasure," said Cohill.

Akron Marbles - Brian Graham, Michael Cohill and Dr. Carol Robinson [cached]

Brian Graham, Michael Cohill, and Dr. Carol Robinson

The owner of the toy company was Michael Cohill. I remember that one night we were sitting around and drinking some cold ones on a friends front porch; typical college behavior. My friends told me that the "marble man" was coming over to join us. A few minutes later when Michael arrived, he shook my hand and pulled a marble out of his coat pocket, and placed it into my palm. I was intrigued. I talked with Michael for the rest of the night. He told me about the history of marbles in Akron. I was hooked! The next couple of years would be spent crawling around Akron, looking for anything and everything that dealt with toy marbles. Around the mid 90's, I transferred to Kent State Univ., and didn't have much contact with Michael.
Around 1998, I started to work with Michael again, on gathering new research material on the toy marble industry.
Michael Cohill
Michael is currently the Statutory Agent for The American Toy Marble Museum in Akron, Ohio.
So, it has been with much pleasure that I have edited the writing (not the content) of Brian's and Michael's research. [cached]

by Michael Cohill

"Shhhh, the secret is," Michael Cohill, director of the American Toy Marble Museum, touches his finger to his lips, "we found Santa. Cohill's blue eyes twinkle like the small Blue Santa he holds in his hand.
"It's a wishing Santa" he explains. "You hold it in your hand and wish for the present you want for Christmas."
Doing extensive historical research for the Marble Museum, Cohill and Graham discovered the significance of the Blue Santa and how it was made.
Cohill is now using those same, somewhat crude, historic mass-production methods to make reproductions of the Blue Santa.
The Blue Santa was a penny toy," says Cohill, gingerly cradling the original Blue Santa.
"This was the birthplace of the modern toy industry. Previously, hand-made toys were so expensive only the wealthiest families could afford to buy a toy for their children. With the introduction of mass-production, for the first time in world history, all children could have a toy," says Cohill.
Cohill goes on to say," When archeologists working at the site of the first mass-produced toy found the Blue Santa, at the birthplace of the modern industry, where from that point forward all children could have a toy, well then this Blue Santa is the real Santa (a metaphor on the miracle of mass-production) and we've discovered the original North Pole."

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