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November 30, 2012
Photo of a horse-drawn sleigh on the grounds of Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, home of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes.Photo of a Victorian style model train, part of the annual ‘Hayes Train Special’ holiday model train display starting Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.Photo of 19th- and early 20th-century travel trunks in the attic at the home of President Rutherford B. Hayes. See the exhibit ‘Tales of Travel From the President’s Attic’ at Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio, through January 27, 2013.Photo of the Hanby House in Westerville, a former home of Benjamin Hanby, who wrote the song ‘Up on the Housetop,’ decorated for the annual Holiday Open House.Photo of a live reindeer at Christmas in Zoar.Photo of a Zoar porch and doorway decorated for Christmas in Zoar .Photo of a 19th-century doll in an antique baby stroller at Campus Martius Museum in Marietta. The museum hosts ‘Pioneer Style Celebrations’ Sunday, December 2, from 1-4 p.m.Photo of Serpent Mound near Peebles, thought to be an ancient solstice marker, lined with luminarias in observance of the winter solstice.
Featured Events
'Tis the Season

Here’s what’s coming down the chimney at Ohio History Connection sites and related venues this holiday season.


Please note that there is a charge for some events and some require reservations or advance registration. Click on the links below for full details.


At Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta

Now through Jan. 31, 2013 Daily 7:30-10 p.m.

Holiday Light Display

At Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont
On exhibit now through Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

Tales of Travel From the President’s Attic
Explore the travels of President Hayes and his family.

Now through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 • Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Sunday Noon-5 p.m.
Hayes Train Special

See the annual holiday model train display.

Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 • 1-4 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove

Tour the 25-acre estate of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012 • 1-4 p.m.

Hayes Model Train Clinic

Keep your trains on track with help from Hayes Presidential Center.

At Shaker Historical Museum in Shaker Heights
On exhibit now through Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012
Celebrating Community Spirit: Shaker Heights 1955-1980

See the third exhibit in a series celebrating the centennial of Shaker Heights.

At the Hanby House in Westerville

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 • 1-4 p.m.

Picture An Old-Fashioned Holiday

Have a family photo taken in the home of the composer of Up on the Housetop.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 • 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 • 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Holiday Open House

Tour the Hanby home and enjoy holiday decorations, music and refreshments.

At Zoar Village in Zoar

Saturday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday Noon-5 p.m.

Candlelight Service in the Zoar Church Saturday at 5:15 p.m.; Tree Lighting Saturday at 6 p.m.

Christmas in Zoar

Tour homes and landmarks, shop artisans and enjoy musical entertainment in this historic German separatist community.

At Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, through Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2012

Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later

See the Ohio History Connection traveling exhibit.

At the National Road /Zane Grey Museum, near Zanesville

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 • 1-4 p.m.

Holiday Open House

See decorated Christmas trees on display and enjoy seasonal music and entertainment.

At Campus Martius Museum in Marietta
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 • 1-4 p.m.

Pioneer-Style Celebrations

Visit the museum and talk with pioneers about how they celebrated the holidays.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 • Noon-1 p.m

Brown Baggin’ Through History

Enjoy a free lunch-hour program on the Civil War.

At Tallmadge Church in Tallmadge

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 • Open House 2-3:30 p.m. Concert at 4 p.m. followed by Tree Lighting.

Holiday Open House

Explore several Tallmadge landmarks, then enjoy a holiday concert and tree lighting.

At Fort Meigs in Perrysburg

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 • 1-4 p.m.

Holiday Open House

Celebrate the holidays 1812-style.

At Serpent Mound near Peebles

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 • 4-8 p.m.

Lighting the Serpent

See Serpent Mound outlined by hundreds of luminarias.

At Fort Ancient, near Oregonia

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012 • 2-4 p.m.

Fort Ancient Winter Hike

Enjoy the natural beauty of the 2,000-year-old Fort Ancient earthworks.

Enjoy Many More Events in Coming Weeks at Ohio History Connection Sites

There’s so much more to see and do at Ohio History Connection sites in coming weeks!

For December events at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village in Columbus, including Dickens of a Christmas and Dickens dinners click here.

For more upcoming events,
visit our online calendar

For directions to Ohio History Connection sites statewide, visit www.ohiohistory.org/places.

Most Ohio History Connection sites are managed for us by local organizations. Though hours posted online at www.ohiohistory.org/places reflect the most current information we have, we encourage calling ahead before you travel, to confirm that the site you plan to visit will be open when you plan to be there. Find direct phone numbers near the bottom of each site page at www.ohiohistory.org/places.

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