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Explore the Ohio History Center's latest exhibit, Transformation! Discover the stories of five objects and how mere “things” can bring about transformation and change, from life to death, from unknown to famous, from existing to extinct.

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The objects:
  • Amunet, the 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy given to the Ohio History Connection in the 1920s, undergoes a transformation from object to person.
  • A Max Factor vaudeville make-up kit from the 1920s showcases the ease and power of personal and physical transformations.
  • Segments of the hanging rope used to execute the Lincoln assassination conspirators explore the national transformation the conspirators initiated and the transformation of an ordinary object into a historic relic.
  • The dress worn by Miss America from 1963, Jackie Mayer, highlights the private transformation that occurs when one accepts a public role.
  • Buttons, considered one of the last wild passenger pigeon that was shot in 1900, prompts questions of how humans transform the natural world through seemingly insignificant acts.

From the technological evolution of the 2,000-year-old mummy rendering it a modern human being, to the rash decision to shoot the last wild passenger pigeon, to the mere act of putting on a specific dress – all of these objects prompt reflection about the nature of transformation, and how lives can be impacted in a major way through quick decisions as well as through thoroughly planned-out and well-executed ideas.

Ohio History Center

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Location: Ohio History Center is located at 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211. Click here for a map.

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