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Established in 1986 to enhance community support for the Ohio History Connection.

Conestoga was established in 1986 to enhance community support for the Ohio History Connection. To date, its members have raised over $500,000. Conestoga members can participate in a wide variety of social and educational events, such as:

  • Guided tours of historical sites and museums around Ohio;
  • Behind-the-scenes private tours and lectures;
  • Membership in the Ohio History Connection, including free admission to all its historical sites and a subscription to its award-winning magazine TIMELINE; and
  • Discounts at the Ohio History Stores, to name a few.

Conestoga welcomes members of all ages and interests. Membership currently costs $100 for a single membership and $150 for a couple membership. Dues include admission to all regularly scheduled Conestoga social events and educational programs, as well as all the benefits of the Plus Family membership.

As a support group, Conestoga plans and organizes fundraising activities, such as tours of historic Central Ohio homes, to raise money for the Ohio History Connection. Opportunities for involvement are plentiful and varied.

Conestoga members can also elect to purchase optional bus trips to historical sites. These travel packages are not included in Conestoga’s membership dues.

For information on how to join Conestoga, please contact Cynthia Vilardo, Membership Coordinator, at 800.686.1545 or membership@ohiohistory.org.

Conestoga Programs for 2014—2015
All programs are free unless indicated otherwise.

Bus Trip to Blennerhassett Island and Museum
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This trip to Parkersburg, W.Va. begins with our personal tour guide introducing us to the Blennerhassett Museum, followed by a sternwheeler trip to the island, tour of Blennerhassett House and a horse-drawn carriage ride, where we’ll learn the history of the island.  When originally constructed in 1798-1800, Blennerhassett House was considered one of the most beautiful — and largest — private residences in the Ohio Valley.  Cost:  $65 per person for Conestoga members; $70 per person for non-members (all-inclusive).
“Building a Fan Club for Ohio History”
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 4 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Now in his fifth year at the helm, Burt Logan, executive director and CEO, will share details about exciting initiatives under way to make the Ohio History Connection the key conduit to Ohio’s rich past for young and old alike.
“The Central Ohio Brewing Tradition”
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 4 p.m.
Winking Lizard Tavern, Worthington

Join Rick Seemueller, National Heritage Chair for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) and Ohio History Connection member, as he shares the history of beer, the evolution of brewing and what’s happening in our own Central Ohio area with craft beers.  We’ll learn what beer really is — and its many different iterations.  For those who would like to stay after this free program for a beer tasting and appetizers, there will be a $15 per person charge.
“Green Lawn Cemetery — A Vast Treasure for Columbus Historians”
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
Green Lawn Cemetery Huntington Chapel, 1000 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus

As one of Ohio’s oldest and largest cemeteries, Green Lawn Cemetery serves as the resting place for more than 151,000 people, including veterans of every war since the Civil War.  Among its 360 acres can be found monuments, obelisks and memorials honoring significant contributors to Columbus, Franklin County and the nation, as well as gardens and grasslands favored by migratory birds.  Our talk by Jack Lee-Harris, general manager, and his staff will begin in the Huntington Chapel, which includes artwork by Tiffany & Company; then continue with a short walking tour of the Founders’ Society and other notable sites.
Annual Conestoga Holiday Party
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Reception at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m.

Start off the holiday season at The Ohio State University Golf Club, where festive decorations, good food and the fine company of your fellow Conestoga members will help you ring in the holidays!
Billy Ireland Cartoon and Research Library at The Ohio State University
January 2015
Sunday Afternoon (Details to Be Announced)

“I think what I would want our legacy to be is the place that really saved comics.”  This is how Jenny Robb, curator, describes the mission of the Billy Ireland Cartoon and Research Library.  Join us as we tour the world’s largest collection of comic and cartoon art contained within the newly renovated Sullivant Hall.
Beat the Winter Blahs” Bus Trip
February 2015
Details and Cost to Be Announced

Our February bus trip is the perfect cure for “cabin fever.”  Join with your fellow Conestoga members and beat the winter blahs!
“The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks — A Worldwide Treasure in Our Own Backyard
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 4 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Created more than a millennium ago by indigenous people, the magnificent earthworks of the Hopewell Culture are a wonder of the world.  Through the nomination process of UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — the Ohio treasures that include the Newark Earthworks, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and Fort Ancient are poised to become Ohio’s first World Heritage site.  Join Brad Lepper, curator of archaeology at the Ohio History Center, as he shares the history and cultural significance of these treasured sites and the UNESCO nomination process.
“Ohio Barns — An Iconic Representation of Our Agrarian Past and Their Adaptive Reuse Today”
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

The home of Dan and Robin Troth will be the site of this year’s annual Conestoga fund-raiser in May.  The main living area of their home is a rare gunstock posted barn that was originally built in 1828 in Waynesville, Ohio.  It was disassembled in 1998, moved, repaired and then reassembled by Dan in 2000 on its current site. In this “preview” talk, Dan will share the importance of the adaptive reuse of Ohio’s remaining barns (including his Delaware County home), while sharing a brief history of Ohio’s early settlement, including the many nationalities that came here and the various styles of barns they built.
Annual Conestoga Fund-Raiser
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Home of Dan and Robin Troth
Annual Celebration and Meeting
June 2015