Holiday Events at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village

HISTORY + HOLIDAYS = MEMORIES

 

Enjoy the following special events at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village at I-71 & 17th Avenue (Exit 111) in Columbus this holiday season! Please note that some events require reservations or advance registration.


Ohio History Center Holiday Train Display

Fri., Nov. 28, 2014–Sun., Jan. 4, 2015
Weds.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

See our 1950s-style holiday train display (courtesy of Central Ohio Model Railroad Club), plus the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream. Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.

Ohio History Store Holiday Open House
Fri., Nov. 28–Sun., 30, 2014
Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Visit our Ohio History Store conveniently located just inside the Welcome Lobby of the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Avenue (Exit 111) in Columbus to find the perfect gift for your favorite history-lover. During this special three-day event, the Ohio History Store will be decked out for the holidays with new seasonal items and great gift ideas including art, food, wine and crafts made right here in Ohio. There’s never any museum admission charge to shop the Ohio History Store. Nowhere near Columbus? Shop online 24/7 at ohiohistorystore.com. Order by Dec. 14 for Christmas delivery.

Curator Talk: Christmas at Lazarus
Sat., Nov. 29, 2014
2 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Back before anyone had even uttered the words “Black Friday,” the after-Thanksgiving weekend often meant a trip to one of Ohio’s many big downtown department stores, where the holidays seemed to arrive like magic. If you pine for Higbee’s (now forever associated with the words “You’ll shoot your eye out kid”), Lasalle’s, McKelvy’s, O’Neil’s, Pogue’s or any other gone-but-not-forgotten store, you’ll enjoy our virtual trip to watch the parade, see the animated windows and “shop” the huge Lazarus store in downtown Columbus circa 1965 with Liz Plummer of the Ohio History Connection. Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.

Thanksgiving in Ohio Village
Sun., Nov. 30, 2014
Noon–3 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Experience the cooking, decorating and hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving preparations in the 1860s. For a limited time only, we’ll open the doors to Ohio Village, offering a sneak peek into our 19th-century-style community Thanksgiving celebration. Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.

1950s Lustron House Decorated for the Holidays
Weds., Dec. 3, 2014–Sun., Jan. 4, 2015
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Visit the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream for a remarkably realistic look at life in the 1950s. Peek in the closets and snoop in the drawers of a real, fully-furnished Lustron prefab steel house made right here in Ohio. From the contents of the cupboards to the news on TV and the toys in the yard, this hands-on exhibit is a fascinating journey back in time! Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.

1950s: Building the American Dream is sponsored in part by Conestoga, a fundraising support group for the Ohio History Connection; The Longaberger Foundation; the Ohio Humanities Council; Greater Columbus Arts Council and the City of Columbus; the Gordon Chandler Memorial Fund of The Columbus Foundation; Columbus Truck & Equipment, Inc.; Porter Wright; Ronald J. Ungvarsky & Susan Tomasky; and an anonymous donor.

Collections Connection: Holiday Cards
Sat., Dec. 6 & 20, 2014
2 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Snowmen, reindeer, angels and glitter! See examples of holiday cards from the late 1800s and 1900s found in our Ohio History Connection archive. Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.

Echoes in Time Theatre:
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Sat., Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2014
1 & 3 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Check out December’s Echoes in Time Theatre production, I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. Enjoy a walk down memory lane (or maybe take your first trip?) as Mabel recalls Christmas Past and prepares for the holidays circa 1950 in this one-woman performance. Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.

Dickens of a Christmas
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 12-13 & 19-20, 2014, 6–9 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 21, 2014, Noon–5 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Follow the Ghost of Christmas Past to Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community, where Charles Dickens’s festive and enduring vision comes to life through jolly carols, decorations and traditions inspired by his colorful tales. $12, $9/ages 6–12, Free/age 5 and under (Ohio History Connection member $10, $7 ages 6–12). 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/dickens

Dickens Dinners – SOLD OUT
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 12-13 & 19-20, 2014, 6 p.m.
American House Hotel, Ohio Village, Columbus

Feast on a sumptuous dinner at the American House Hotel and hear carols performed by the Ohio Village Singers, then enjoy Dickens of a Christmas festivities throughout Ohio Village until 9 p.m., included with admission. $60, $50 Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 800.686.1541 or ohiohistory.org/dickens

Curator Talk: Santa Claus in the Archives
Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
2 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Yes, Ohio, there is a Santa Claus—in our archives! Join Reference Archivist Tutti Jackson for a look at popular images of Santa from the collections of the Ohio History Connection. Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.

This Is Your Life, Ebenezer Scrooge
Thurs., Dec. 18, 2014
7 p.m.
American House Hotel, Ohio Village, Columbus

Partake in a festive holiday meal at the American House Hotel in Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community, as your host, Jacob Marley, introduces people from the good, the bad and the ugly of Ebenezer Scrooge’s life. $60, $50 Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 800.686.1541

Christmas Buffet – SOLD OUT
Sun., Dec. 21, 2014
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
American House Hotel, Ohio Village, Columbus

Experience a traditional Victorian Christmas celebration and enjoy a holiday buffet of splendidly prepared dishes at the American House Hotel. Price includes buffet and admission to the Dickens of a Christmas event. $44, $22/ages 6-12 (Ohio History Connection member $35, $19/ages 6-12). Advance registration required. 800.686.1541 or ohiohistory.org/dickens

Collections Connection: Ohio Art Toys
Sat., Dec. 27, 2014
2 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Stop by the Collections Connection station in the Ohio History Center museum to see toys made by The Ohio Art Company. Makers of Etch A Sketch and many other familiar toys over the years, The Ohio Art Company traces its history to 1908. History Curator Emily Lang will be on hand to answer questions. Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10; $9/age 60+; $5/ages 6-12; Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.686.6124 or ohiohistory.org/ohc.