: Dated 1854, this is a diploma awarded by the Hocking County Agricultural Society to Catherine C. Hopley for the best specimen of fancy drawing at the Annual Fair in Logan, Ohio, in Hocking County. The diploma is signed by R. Wright, president, presumably of the Fair Board. The text is surrounded by a detailed drawing which features agricultural tools and equipment at the top, and two women sitting on statue bases. Catherine was the elder sister of John P. Hopley of Bucyrus, Ohio. She authored one of the first popular books on snakes, titled "Snakes: Curiosities and Wonders of Serpent Life" in 1882. She made a number of other important contributions to the study of herpetology and did fieldwork on snake populations in Ohio. Hopley authored a variety of other texts, including "Sketches of the Ophidians" (1873), "Life in the South" (1863), and "Adventures in the Wilds of the West" (1872). View on Ohio Memory.
: OVS5553 Subjects
: Hopley, Catherine Cooper, 1817-1911; Fairs--Ohio; Drawings (visual works); Awards Places
: Logan (Ohio); Hocking County (Ohio)