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Black History Month

Enjoy programs, exhibits and special events during Black History Month.

Enjoy the following programs, exhibits and special events at Ohio History Connection sites during our celebration of Black History Month in February:

Columbus ∞ Sat., Jan.31, 2015
Along the River
6 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Immerse yourself in performance featuring a collection of readings based on the lives of Americans of African heritage who lived in the South and made the long journey North—dramatic short stories that range from the days of slavery into the 1970s. This performance in partnership with New Harvest Urban Arts Center benefits the special performance Building the American Dream: A Dream Deferred, premiering at the Ohio History Center March 27. $12, $9/ages 6–12; $10/Ohio History Connection member; $7/Ohio History Connection member ages 6–12; Free/age 5 and under. Tickets in advance or at the door. 800.686.1541

Dayton ∞ Sat., Jan.31, 2015
Tour the Dunbar House
3 p.m.
Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

Travel by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park to tour the restored home of renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906), a National Historic Landmark in Dayton’s Wright-Dunbar Historic District. $6, $3/ages 3–17, Free/Ohio History Connection member. 937.313.2010 or daytonhistory.org

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Jan.31, 2015
Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See winning entries in this annual juried art exhibit sponsored by the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center and the African American Visual Artists Guild, featuring two- and three-dimensional works by leading artists from across the country chosen by jurors Willis “Bing” Davis, Pheoris West and Tuliza Fleming. $6, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–18, Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.752.2603 or ohiohistory.org/naamcc

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Jan.31, 2015
Exhibit: Omar Shaheed
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

View a retrospective of work by Columbus artist Omar Shaheed, who’s been sculpting for the past 20 years, including breathtaking limestone and bronze statues. $6, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–18, Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.752.2603 or ohiohistory.org/naamcc


Dayton ∞ Tues. Feb 3, 2015
Tour the Dunbar House
1 p.m.
Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park,1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

Travel by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park to tour the restored home of renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906), a National Historic Landmark in Dayton’s Wright-Dunbar Historic District. $6, $3/ages 3–17, Free/Ohio History Connection member. 937.313.2010 or daytonhistory.org


Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 4, 2015
Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 4, 2015
Exhibit: Omar Shaheed
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center,Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31


Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center,Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31


Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 6, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 6, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 6, 2015

Film Series: Hidden Colors 1

2 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See the untold history of people of color around the globe, featuring scholars, historians, social commentators, authors and entertainment icons. $6 per film; $5/age 60+; $3/ages 6–18; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.752.2603 or ohiohistory.org/naamc


Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

Echoes in Time Theatre: Mary Bowser, Servant and Spy in the Southern White House

1 & 3 p.m.

Ohio History Center, Columbus

Mary Bowser, born a slave but later freed, returned to the South to work as a servant in Jefferson Davis’s White House. Listen as she tells how she was able to leak information about Davis and his administration during the Civil War. Revonne Hammond portrays Mary Bowser. Free with paid Ohio History Center Museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6–12; Free/age 5 and under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. 800.686.6124

Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

Film Screening: Freedom Summer
2 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

See a powerful film exploring the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student volunteers joined local organizers for a massive voter registration effort in Mississippi, forcing the media and the country to take notice of the violence and injustice taking place in the deep South. 120 minutes. Film and funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Created Equal film series. Free with paid Ohio History Center Museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6–12; Free/age 5 and under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. 800.686.6124

Dayton ∞ Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

Tour the Dunbar House

3 p.m.

Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

See Dayton, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy

1 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Darryl Littleton, author, comedian and producer of this Robert Townsend documentary, presents the hilarious story and history of African American comedy. Included with museum admission. 800.752.2603 or ohiohistory.org/naamcc


Dayton ∞ Tues., Feb. 10, 2015

Tour the Dunbar House

1 p.m.

Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

See Dayton, Tues. Feb. 3


Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 11, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 11, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31


Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 12, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 12, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31


Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 13, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 13, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 13, 2015

Film Series: Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin

2 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Fri., Feb. 6


Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 14, 2015

Echoes in Time Theatre: Mary Bowser, Servant and Spy in the Southern White House

1 & 3 p.m.

Ohio History Center,Columbus

See Columbus, Sat., Feb. 7

Dayton ∞ Sat., Feb. 14, 2015

Tour the Dunbar House

3 p.m.

Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

See Dayton, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 14, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center,Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 14, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 14, 2015

Delivery: The Henry “Box” Brown Show2 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center,Wilberforce

See a play based on the true story of Henry “Box” Brown, who escaped from slavery in 1849 by having himself shipped in a crate from Richmond to Philadelphia. $5, Free/Ohio History Connection member. 800.752.2603 or ohiohistory.org/naamcc


Dayton ∞ Tues., Feb. 17, 2015

Tour the Dunbar House

1 p.m.

Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

See Dayton, Tues. Feb. 3

Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 18, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 18, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center,Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 19, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 19, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

Unforced Words

7–9 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Whether you like to write or recite, come and share your talents at our open-mic night. Join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word hosted by poet Deep Cobra. Free. 800.752.2603 or ohiohistory.org/naamcc

Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Genealogy Workshop: Beginning Your African American Genealogy

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ohio History Center, Columbus

Discover your African American family story. With experienced researcher Gayle Wilson as your guide, get help in locating and using resources at the Ohio History Center that are specific to African American family history. $20; $15/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510, 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/genealogy

Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Curator Talk: Eagles on Their Buttons: African American Service in the Civil War and World War I

Noon

Ohio History Center,Columbus

Join manuscript curator and military historian John Haas to learn about Ohio’s African American soldiers, from the 5th United States Colored Troops of the Civil War to the 9th Battalion of the Ohio National Guard in World War I.Free with paid Ohio History Center Museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6–12; Free/age 5 and under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. 800.686.6124

Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Echoes in Time Theatre: Mary Bowser, Servant and Spy in the Southern White House

1 & 3 p.m.

Ohio History Center, Columbus

See Columbus, Sat., Feb. 7

Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Film Screening: Freedom Summer
2 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

See Columbus, Sat., Feb. 7

Dayton ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Tour the Dunbar House

3 p.m.

Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park,1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

See Dayton, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

A Story A Story: Black History for Kids

1–3 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Enjoy an afternoon of African and African American folktales, story time, snacks and crafts. $5, Free/child with Ohio History Connection member. 800.752.2603 or ohiohistory.org/naamcc

Dayton ∞ Tues., Feb. 24, 2015

Tour the Dunbar House

1 p.m.

Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park,1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

See Dayton, Tues. Feb. 3

Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 25, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Weds., Feb. 25, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

Exhibit: Omar Shaheed

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Sat., Jan. 31

Wilberforce ∞ Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

Film Series: Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism

2 p.m.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

See Wilberforce, Fri., Feb. 6

Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 28, 2015

Echoes in Time Theatre: Mary Bowser, Servant and Spy in the Southern White House

1 & 3 p.m.

Ohio History Center, Columbus

See Columbus, Sat., Feb. 7

Columbus ∞ Sat., Feb. 28, 2015

Curator Talk: Roman Johnson and the Olde Towne East Art Scene

2 p.m.

Ohio History Center, Columbus

Meet Emily Lang, curator of the exhibit Reflections of an Artist: Emerson Burkhart. Learn about African American painter Roman Johnson—a protégé of Emerson Burkhart—and the mid-20th-century art scene in the Columbus neighborhood now known as Olde Towne East. Also see one of the latest additions to our fine arts collection, a Roman Johnson painting of a home in Olde Towne East. . Free with paid Ohio History Center Museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6–12; Free/age 5 and under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. 800.686.6124

Dayton ∞ Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
Tour the Dunbar House
3 p.m.
Tours depart by shuttle from Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
The Founder, The Legend, The Pioneer
2 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Rooted in the African American experience, witness the artistic, historical and cultural treasure presentation of The Founder, The Legend, The Pioneer by DCDC2—the repertory-training ensemble of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company—as it celebrates, chronicles and spotlights the genius contributions of visionary leader and Dayton native Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of the nationally and internationally acclaimed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. $5, Free/Ohio History Connection or National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center member. 800.752.2603.

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
Exhibit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Wilberforce ∞ Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
Exhibit: Omar Shaheed
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce