Weekend Encounters

Visit the Ohio History Center for a variety of weekend programs. All programs are free with admission and last approximately 30 minutes. 


Sat. Feb. 21

11 a.m. — Freedom Summer

Film showing in the Created Equal series.

12 p.m. – The Ashtabula Train Disaster

Join us to learn more about the infamous Ashtabula Railway-Bridge Accident of 1876 and  its scandalous aftermath.

1:30 pm. – Staff Pick: Buttons

Stop by for a brief discussion of Buttons, the last passenger pigeon known exist in the wild. 

2 p.m.- Eagles on their Buttons: African American Service in the Civil War and World War I

Join manuscript curator and military historian John Haas to learn more 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, African American Ohioans have bravely served.


Sun. Feb. 22

1 p.m. – The Ashtabula Train Disaster

Join us to learn more about the infamous Ashtabula Railway-Bridge Accident of 1876 and  its scandalous aftermath.

2 pm. – Staff Pick: Buttons

Stop by for a brief discussion of Buttons, the last passenger pigeon known exist in the wild.


Sat. Feb. 28

12:30 pm – Animals of Ancient Ohio

Join a gallery discussion highlighting the animals depicted in the pre-contact archeological artifacts on display.

2 p.m— Roman Johnson and the Olde Towne East Art Scene

Join curator Emily Lang to learn more about the art scene in the Olde Towne East neighborhood of Columbus, particularly African American painter Roman Johnson who was a protégé of Emerson Burkhart.  One of the latest additions to the Ohio History Connection fine art collection, a painting of a house in Olde Towne East by Johnson will be on display.                      

2:30pm – Staff Pick: Buttons

Stop by for a brief discussion of Buttons, the last passenger pigeon known exist in the wild.