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August 28, 2013
Photo of a house in Columbus’s German Village Historic District, host of the 2013 State Historic Preservation Office Awards on Saturday, Sept. 28.Logo of the Ohio Local History Alliance, which holds its annual meeting and conference in Worthington Oct. 4-5, 2013.Detail of a vintage map of the early 20th-century planned community of Shaker Heights. Tour Shaker Heights by bicycle through Oct. 31, 2013.Photo two soldiers at the Zoar Civil War Reenactment. Photo of passengers boarding the reconstructed 19th-century canal boat ‘Gen. Harrison of Piqua’ on the historic Miami & Erie Canal at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency in Piqua.  Photo of the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta, host of Kids’ Archaeology Day on Sept. 21, 2013.Photo of work underway at the Rankin House in Ripley.
Featured Events
Harvest Some History

See archaeologists at work or explore archaeology as a career, meet scores of Ohioans active in local history and preservation, tour one of Ohio’s largest historic districts by bike or see the Civil War come alive, all at Ohio History Connection sites and related venues in coming weeks.

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.

Central Ohio

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 • Noon–2 p.m.
German Village Meeting Haus, Columbus
State Historic Preservation Office Awards
Each year, our State Historic Preservation Office honors achievements in preserving historic places by presenting awards in two categories: Public Education and Awareness, and Preservation Merit. Enjoy a luncheon at the German Village Meeting Haus in the heart of Columbus’s German Village Historic District, meet this year’s recipients and hear historic preservation success stories from throughout the state. $30, advance registration required by Sept. 13, 2013. 614.298.2000.

Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 • 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 7007 N. High St., Worthington
Ohio Local History Alliance Annual Meeting and Conference
Love local history? Meet hundreds of others who do, too, at this annual gathering of Ohioans active in historical societies, museums and related organizations. Enjoy networking and more than 30 skill-building sessions. Friday’s luncheon features Dr. Larry L. Nelson, adjunct associate professor at BGSU Firelands College, who’ll speak on Ohio’s role in the War of 1812; Saturday’s luncheon honors winners of the Alliance’s annual Outstanding Achievement Awards. Advance registration required. 800.858.6878 or /local-history-office/professional-development/alliance-annual-meeting for full conference details.

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Northeast Ohio

Through Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights
Bike Shaker Tours
Enjoy a bicycle tour of Shaker Heights featuring North Union Shaker sites; the Van Sweringen mansion; and fascinating stories about famous Shaker Heights residents. Bike rental and guided tour ($10) Sundays 2–5 p.m., advance registration required. Bike rental and self-guided tour ($5) Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. and Sunday 2–5 p.m., advance registration required. Rental includes bicycle, helmet, water, tour and tour guide. 800.860.6078 or www.shakerhistory.org.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar
Civil War Reenactment: Battle of Chickamauga
Be on hand when more than 1200 reenactors invade Zoar to showcase Civil War life on the battlefield and the home front. Visit the village museums, shop sutlers’ row and join in the fun at Saturday’s Civil War Ball. $10, Free/age 12 and under. Ohio History Connection member save 10%. 800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

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Northwest Ohio

Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua
Piqua Heritage Festival
See the region’s history come alive. Enjoy music, traditional craft demonstrations, children’s activities and food. Tour the 1820s home of United States Indian Agent John Johnston, visit the Historic Indian and Canal Museum and ride a mule-drawn boat on the Miami and Erie Canal. $3, Free/age 17 and under. 800.752.2619 or www.piquaheritagefestival.com.

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Southeast Ohio

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 • 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Campus Martius Museum, Marietta
Kids’ Archaeology Day
Enjoy a day for hobbyists and children who are career-minded about the field of archaeology, with continuous activities from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. plus displays and experts on hand to answer questions. The museum will be open 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. for those who want to participate in the event and tour the museum. $7, $4/student, Free/age 5 and under. 800.860.0145 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org/events.html.

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Southwest Ohio

Through Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (First tour 10:30 a.m.; last tour 4 p.m.)
Sunday Noon–5 p.m. First tour 12:30 p.m.; last tour 4 p.m.)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
John Rankin House Historic Site, Ripley
Rankin House History/Restoration Tours
Visit the home of abolitionist John Rankin and enjoy a rare opportunity to tour an Ohio History Connection restoration in progress. See what historians, architects, archaeologists and others working to return the house to its appearance of the 1830s have uncovered, and learn how the Rankin family helped more than 2,000 slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The work underway changes daily, so there may be times when a particular area or the entire house will be closed, however tours will continue, focusing on the Rankins, the exterior of the Rankin House and features of its site overlooking the Ohio River. In September, you may find archaeological investigations underway on the site of a kitchen wing demolished in the early 1900s. Only one photo is known to exist; through archaeology, researchers hope to learn more about the floor plan and cooking arrangements. Archaeology on the site of the outhouse may yield new information, too, as trash was sometimes dumped into privies or outhouses. For the most up-to-date information about what to expect, call before visiting. Please wear close-toed shoes appropriate to a site where work is underway. $4; $2/ages 6–18; Free/Ohio History Connection member. 800.752.2705 or www.ohiohistory.org/rankin.

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Click here for upcoming events at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

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 and related venues in coming weeks!

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.

Pick up your free Passport to Your Ohio History at Ohio History Connection sites statewide.