Cabin Fever Weekends 2014

Ohio History Center, I-71 and 17th Avenue (Exit 111), Columbus

Included with paid museum admission; Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission.

Climbing the walls? Enjoy these special winter weekend programs at the Ohio History Center in Columbus free with paid museum admission (Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission).

Explore Ohio’s history with friends and family  through hands-on-activities and engaging programs. Each program lasts about 40 minutes. See hour-by-hour schedules below. Attend just one or spend the day or weekend! Questions? Call 800.686.6124.

On Exhibit at the Ohio History Center in March

Enjoy permanent exhibits on Ohio history, natural history and archaeology, plus the following special exhibits, all included with paid Ohio History Center admission (Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission):

1950s: Building the American Dream


Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing


March 2014 Weekend Programs

Saturdays March 1, 8 and 15, 2014 • Noon
Readers Theatre: The 1950s
Hear advertisements and product marketing aimed at of women of the 1950s read aloud in voices of today.

Saturdays March 1, 8 and 15, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.
Hidden Mothers

Portraits of infants and children are a time-honored tradition, but some Victorian and Edwardian mothers appeared in them in an unusual way. Join us to learn more about the mothers hiding in some of the photos in the Ohio History Center exhibit Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing.

Saturdays March 1, 8 and 15, 2014 • 2:30 p.m.
Staff Pick: Communal Groups in Ohio
Learn about 19th-century communal societies like the Shakers and Zoarites who helped shape Ohio, and see some items associated with them.

Saturdays March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre:
Sheriff Maude: Lawman, Detective and Mother

In 1925, Maude Collins was a happily married young mother of five. She was a small-town jail matron working alongside her husband, Vinton County, Ohio, Sheriff Fletcher Collins, until he was shot at close range and killed in the line of duty. Fletcher's untimely death shattered the world Maude had known. It also put her in a position to make history when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by her husband's death. No mere figurehead, Maude was a capable sheriff and detective who solved a double homicide and gained national fame. See Harriet Merriman portray Maude Collins in this one-woman performance. 

Sundays, March 2, 9 and 16, 2014 • 1 p.m.
Staff Pick: WAVES Uniform

Hear how a group of Dayton-area women serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II helped crack the secret Nazi Enigma code, an achievement that remained unheralded until the 1990s.

Sundays, March 2, 9 and 16, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Make a Suffrage Sign
See pictures of the signs that Ohio women used to gain the right to vote in 1920, then make one of your own.

Sundays, March 2, 9 and 16, 2014 • 3 p.m.
Women's Working Conditions: Real of Not Real?
Can you separate fact from fiction? Test your knowledge of working conditions for women during the Industrial Revolution.

Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, 2014 • 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
1950s Family Weekends
Join us for a weekend of family fun inspired by the music of the 1950s and by the Ohio History Center exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream.

More March Programs

Enjoy these March weekend programs at an additional charge, with advance registration:

Friday, March 14, 2014 • 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 • 6:30–9:30 p.m.

From the Pubs of Ireland Candlelight Dinner
Enjoy a hearty Irish pub-style meal in the American House Hotel at Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community (just north of the Ohio History Center), followed by a rollicking evening of Irish melodies, humorous drinking songs and a wee bit of Irish wit and wisdom, all by the Ohio Village Singers. $60, $50/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required by March 10. Seating is limited — reserve today! 800.686.1541 or

Saturday, March 15, 2014 • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Genealogy Workshop: How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in German-American Research
Are you one of the many Ohioans who trace their roots to Germany and German ancestors? Join us to learn about searching for your German American ancestors from experienced researcher and nationally known speaker Dr. Michael Lacopo. He'll use Pennsylvania and German examples to show the different ways you need to look at a brick wall problem to make a breakthrough. (When genealogists and family historians reach a seeming dead-end and can't find the information they're looking for, it's often called a brick wall). His point-by-point lecture emphasizes the formulation of a research plan, using lesser-known resources and analyzing the information you find. A larger case study will illustrate how methods and techniques can be used to overcome roadblocks. Dr. Locopo believes that most every roadblock can be overcome with perseverance, skill and a little luck. $20, $15/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or