Holiday Events at Ohio History Connection Sites

HISTORY + HOLIDAYS = MEMORIES

 

Enjoy the following special events at Ohio History Connection sites this holiday season!

Please note that some events require reservations or advance registration.


Toyland Exhibit Featuring Legos
Weds., Nov. 19, 2014–Sun., Jan. 25, 2015
Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 2–5 p.m.
Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

Visit Shaker Historical Museum’s special holiday exhibit featuring Legos, hosted in partnership with Northeastern Ohio Lego Users Group. $4, 2/ages 6–18, Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.860.6078 or shakerhistory.org.

 

Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Sun., Nov. 22, 2014
Noon–5 p.m. (Reservations encouraged)
Hanby House, Westerville

What a great idea! Have your holiday photo taken by a professional photographer in the parlor of Westerville’s Hanby House, home of Benjamin Hanby, who wrote the Christmas classic Up on the Housetop 150 years ago this holiday season. Nineteenth-century-style clothing will be available or wear your own holiday best. Leave with multiple pictures saved to a souvenir flash drive that you can use to print your own copies or create greeting cards. $30, $25 Ohio History Connection member. Reservations encouraged. 800.600.6843 or hanbyhouse@yahoo.com.

 

Hayes Train Special Holiday Train Display

Fri., Nov. 28, 2014–Sun., Jan. 4, 2015
Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Become a kid again! Watch as eight different model trains travel a 12x24-foot, three-tier layout. All eight trains are in styles relating to the life of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) and his family. Play engineer by lifting the gates, flashing the lights, sounding the whistle and more via a series of interactive buttons as the trains travel through a picturesque miniature Victorian village. Made possible in part by Croghan Colonial Bank, Hayes Train Special is included with Hayes Museum admission: $7.50, $6.50/age 60+, $3/ages 6–12, Free/age 5 and under. 800.998.7737 or rbhayes.org.

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.

Christmas Open House
Tues., Dec. 2, 2014
7–9 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 6, & Sun., Dec 7, 2014
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Hanby House, Westerville

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Up on the Housetop with a visit to the restored Hanby House, home from 1853-1858 of Benjamin Hanby, who wrote the beloved Christmas song in New Paris, Ohio, 150 years ago this holiday season. See the Hanby House decorated for the holidays, hear continuous live music performances in the parlor, enjoy cookies and hot cider and see an award-winning video about the Hanby family. $3, $2.50/senior or Ohio History Connection member, $1/child. 800.600.6843 or hanbyhouse@yahoo.com.

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.

Christmas Dinners at Spiegel Grove
Thurs., Dec. 4, Fri., Dec. 5, & Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
6:30–10 p.m. (Advance registration required)
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Spend an enchanting and memorable holiday evening in the home of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Enjoy an elegant six-course Victorian feast modeled on state dinners served during the Hayes administration, plus a horse-drawn carriage ride, period entertainment and more. Seating is limited to 24 guests per night. Proceeds benefit Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. $250/person. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or rbhayes.org.

Saturdays in Zoar Free Speaker Series: Christmas at the White House
Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
1 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar

Learn about White House Christmas traditions with Christopher Kenney of the McKinley Museum. Free. 800.262.6195 or historiczoarvillage.com.

Christmas at the Johnston Farm
Who Killed Scrooge?
Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
1–3:30 p.m., 4–6:30 p.m. or 7–9:30 p.m. (Advance registration required)
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua

Attend a Victorian-themed murder mystery in which you’ll be put in charge of determining who did-in Ebenezer Scrooge. Enjoy a traditional dinner in the dining room of John Johnston’s early Ohio home, then tour the house—transformed into a Victorian-era hotel for this event—and meet folks who may have had a hand in Scrooge’s demise. After the tour, enjoy dessert by the winter-kitchen fireplace, where you’ll be asked “Who killed Scrooge?” This reservation-only event requires advance registration, so call early to ensure your place at the table! $35, $30/child (Ohio History Connection member: $30, $25/child). 800.752.2619 or johnstonfarmohio.com.

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.

Holidays at Adena
Sat., Dec. 6, & Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.
Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Closed for the winter, Adena Mansion & Gardens comes alive Dec. 6–7 for a holiday special event. See the home of early Ohio governor Thomas Worthington decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and explore the 1807 stone mansion on a special holiday tour. Elsewhere at Adena, find the Tenant House decorated for Christmas, animals ready for winter, crafts for children and horse-drawn carriage rides. $8, $7/senior, $4/age 6 and up, Free/age 5 and under. 800.319.7248 or adenamansion.com.

Christmas in Zoar
Sat., Dec. 6, & Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar (Tickets at Zoar Store, 198 Main St.)

German religious separatists founded the Tuscarawas County village of Zoar, home of an unusual communal society from 1819 to 1898. Lovingly preserved, Zoar looks much as it did a century and more ago. During Christmas in Zoar, tour homes, enjoy musical entertainment, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, shop a juried craft show and attend a tree-lighting ceremony or candlelight service in the historic church. $7, Free/age 12 and under. Ohio History Connection members save 10%. 800.262.6195 or historiczoarvillage.com.

Holiday Wreath Workshop
Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
Noon–4:30 p.m. (Advance registration required)
Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

We’ll provide the evergreen wreath, with natural materials you can use to decorate it, gathered from the grounds of Adena, 1807 home of early Ohio governor Thomas Worthington. Bring mementos to add if you’d like. $30–35. Advance registration required. Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe. 800.319.7248 or adenamansion.com.

Holiday Open House
Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
1–4 p.m.
National Road & Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, between Zanesville & Cambridge

Join us for a special holiday afternoon at the museum—see the beautiful Trail of Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and community members and hear sounds of the season by JG Company from John Glenn High School in Cambridge. See spinning demonstrations, make a pine-cone bird feeder to take home and enjoy seasonal refreshments including cookies and roasted chestnuts. Free. 800.752.2602 or ohiohistory.org/nationalroad.

Traditional Moravian Love Feast
Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
2 p.m.
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia

Take part in a traditional Moravian church service based on friendship and brotherly love in a reconstructed 1770s-style log church at the site of the first church in Ohio. Free and open to the public. 800.752.2711 or ohiosfirstvillage.com.

Holiday Open House
Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
3–5 p.m. (RSVP requested by Weds., Dec. 3)
Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to Shaker Historical Museum during this free open house. Browse exhibits and enjoy live music by the a cappella group Nightingale plus seasonal refreshments. RSVP requested by Dec. 3. 800.860.6078 or shakerhistory.org.

Holiday Concert and Community Tree Lighting
Sun., Dec. 7, 2014
4–6 p.m.
Tallmadge Church, Tallmadge

Enjoy music of the holidays in the 1825 Tallmadge Church, followed by the annual community tree-lighting ceremony on Tallmadge Circle and refreshments in the 1859 Old Town Hall and Museum. Free. 330.633.0855 or ohiohistory.org/tallmadge.

Zoar Holiday Tours
Mon., Dec. 8, through Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
By Advance Appointment
Zoar Village, Zoar

Learn about Christmas legends and traditions of the village of Zoar—home in the 19th century of a German communal society—including the broomstick tree and clay horn. See historic buildings decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and enjoy carols played on the organ in the original meetinghouse, now the Zoar United Church of Christ. Want to add an authentic German lunch to your day? We can help you make your reservations. Tours available Mon., Dec. 8, through Fri., Dec. 19, by advance appointment. $8, $4/child, ($7/adult for groups of 10 or more). Ohio History Connection members save 10%. 800.262.6195 or historiczoarvillage.com.

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

All Aboard! A Polar Express Breakfast With Santa
Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
9 a.m.–Noon (Advance registration required)
Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Have your picture taken with Santa, who’ll be making an appearance at breakfast and will be available for photos. Enjoy a continental breakfast, ornament making, cookie decorating and story time—fun for the whole family! $15/person. Advance registration required. 800.319.7248 or adenamansion.com

Holiday Talent Show
Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
National Road & Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, between Zanesville & Cambridge

Enjoy a special day at the museum, featuring local musical talent. Soloists and ensembles from kindergarten through age 20 are invited to participate. Judging will be by professionals and many gift cards will be awarded. $1. Register by Dec. 1 to participate in the Talent Show. 800.752.2602 or ohiohistory.org/nationalroad.

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.

Holiday Open House
Sun., Dec. 14, 2014
1–4 p.m. (Site open Noon–5 p.m.)
Fort Meigs, Perrysburg

While the fort is closed for the season, join us in the museum and visitor center, open year-round, to celebrate the holidays 1812-style. We’ll have soldiers and civilians on hand to offer demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments and hands-on activities and shop the museum store for out-of-the-ordinary holiday gifts. 800.283.8916 or fortmeigs.org.

Sounds of the Season Along the National Road
Thurs., Dec. 18, 2014
6:30–9 p.m.
National Road & Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, between Zanesville & Cambridge

See the beautiful Trail of Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and community members, hear sounds of the season by Jacob Holmes and Friends and enjoy holiday refreshments. Free. 800.752.2602 or ohiohistory.org/nationalroad.

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

Lighting the Serpent
Sun., Dec. 21, 2014 4–8 p.m.
Serpent Mound, near Peebles

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Serpent Mound by helping Friends of Serpent Mound light over 1000 candles around the perimeter of the mound for the 10th Lighting the Serpent. Bring a long taper candle and a flashlight and arrive by 5 p.m. to take part in the lighting celebration, or arrive before 8 p.m. to enjoy the scenic and festive holiday glow plus free hot drinks and seasonal goodies. Free with $7 parking. 937.205.0094 or serpentmound.org/lighting.html.

Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove
Fri., Dec. 26; Sat., Dec. 27; Sun., Dec. 28; Tues., Dec. 30; & Weds., Dec. 31, 2014
1–4 p.m.
Closed Mon., Dec. 29, 2014
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Ride in a real horse-drawn sleigh at Spiegel Grove, 25-acre estate of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate, our sleighs are equipped with wheels, too, so rides take place snow or not. $3/rider. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 800.998.7737 or rbhayes.org.

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.

Hayes Model Train Clinic
Sat., Jan. 3, 2015
2–3:30 p.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Keep your model trains on track with help from Hayes Presidential Center. This clinic offers amateur model railroaders a chance to talk with experts about model train maintenance and repair, as well as the worth of older trains. Have a G- or O-gauge train? Bring it to run on the museum’s 12x24-foot layout. $2. 800.998.7737 or rbhayes.org.


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