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January 31, 2013
Photo of Revonne Hammond as Elizabeth Keckley in the Echoes in Time Theatre production ‘Dressmaker and Confidant to the First Lady: Elizabeth Keckley.’Photo of an Ohio log cabin. Enjoy special history-themed programs free with Ohio History Center museum admission during ‘Cabin Fever Weekends’ on Saturdays and Sundays through March 31, 2013.Photo of a detail of equipment in the 19th-century carriage maker’s shop at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of Mike Follin of the Ohio Village Singers as a 19th-century Irish American. Enjoy Irish melodies by the Ohio Village Singers during ‘From the Pubs of Ireland’ at the American House Hotel in Ohio Village March 15 and 16.Photo of the Conway Mastodon skeleton on exhibit at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of 20th-century military uniforms on display in the exhibit ‘Over Here, Over There’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the hands-on family history exhibit ‘Connecting to Your Past’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of a 1906 school group from the new exhibit ‘Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of a wooden rocking chair on a pioneer hearth at the Ohio History Center museum in Columbus.Photo of a detail of a restored 1880s streetcar on exhibit at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
At the Center
February Preview

Meet Mary Todd Lincoln’s best friend and confidant, explore how technology has changed our lives, learn about Ohio’s ghost towns and explore work by a traveling photographer of the early 1900s, all in coming weeks at the Ohio History Center.

Visit the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Avenue in Columbus in coming weeks and enjoy the following programs free with museum admission. Questions? Call 800.686.6124.

Saturdays Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
Dressmaker and Confidant to the First Lady: Elizabeth Keckley
Meet Mary Todd Lincoln’s best friend and confidant. Dressmaker Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley had no formal education, but learned her skills as a seamstress from her mother -- skills that helped her win her freedom and that of her son. Revonne Hammond portrays Elizabeth Keckley.


Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, March 31, 2013
Cabin Fever Weekends
Climbing the walls? Get out and enjoy our Cabin Fever Weekends, special winter weekend programs free with Ohio History Center museum admission (Ohio Historical Society members free!). Each program lasts about 40 minutes. Attend just one or spend the day or weekend! Enjoy a new theme with new programs every two weeks through March.

Saturdays Feb. 2 and 9 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays Feb. 3 and 10 • Noon-5 p.m.
Theme: Technology in Ohio
Technology reaches beyond gadgets and gizmos -- learn how Ohioans have used it to make life easier and how it’s changed our society.

Saturdays, Feb. 2 and 9 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.:
10 a.m. • Staff Pick! Steam Engine
Join in a discussion on ways the steam engine powered industrialization.

11 a.m. • Electrifying Cleveland
Learn how, in the early 1900s, Cleveland’s Electrical League used advertising to promote adoption of electrical service, appliances and equipment in the home and workplace.

Noon • Making a Mark
Try out some vintage writing implements, from pens to typewriters.

1 p.m. • Make Your Own Invention
What would you invent to make life easier? Create an ad selling your invention.

2 p.m. • Inventions Game
Test your knowledge! Pick sensational quotes about new inventions from old ads or newspaper stories and guess the invention.

3 p.m. • Streetcars in Ohio
Hear how streetcars changed where people lived and how they commuted.

Sundays Feb. 3 and 10 • Noon-5 p.m.:
Noon • Cavalry Tech
Learn about cavalry accouterments, weaponry and uniforms during the Civil War.

1 p.m. • On The Farm
Learn how advances in technology have changed farming in Ohio.

2 p.m. • Technology Timeline
Test your knowledge! Place technological changes on the right dates in history.

3 p.m. • Make Your Own Invention
What would you invent to make life easier? Create an advertisement to sell your invention.

4 p.m. • Ohio Mining Technology
Discover how mining has changed over time, and techniques and equipment used today.

Saturdays Feb. 16 and 23 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays Feb. 17 and 24 • Noon-5 p.m.
Theme: Lost in History
Unearth forgotten history! Explore Ohio’s ghost towns, lost settlements, archaeological past, Lake Erie shipwrecks and more.

Saturdays Feb. 16 and 23:
10 a.m. • Mapping Lost Ohio
Use old maps to investigate how Ohio has changed over time.

11 a.m. • Settling Ohio
The Ordinance of 1785 led to Ohio land being divided into townships, with areas set aside for schools, the first state to do this. Using old maps, we’ll discuss what you’d do differently.

1 p.m. • Black Light on Antiques
Some artifacts get “lost in history” as reproductions of varying quality are made. Try using a black light to discern true antiques from reproductions.

2 p.m. • Staff Pick! Stag Moose Skeleton
Hear about this forgotten animal that once roamed Ohio and what we can learn from its remains.

3 p.m. • The Story Behind Place Names
Where do our towns get their names? Explore some of the strange and forgotten ways towns got named.

Sundays Feb. 17 and 24:
Noon • Staff Pick! Beaver-Pelt Hat 
Once the rage, beaver-pelt hats are a forgotten fashion. Learn about this trend and the wars that resulted.

12:30 p.m. • Make a Beaver-Pelt Hat
Create a beaver-pelt hat out of paper and felt to take home.

1 p.m. • Mapping Lost Ohio
Using old maps, see how Ohio has changed over time.

2 p.m. • Ohio’s Old Stone Fort
Learn about the mystery behind a building believed to be the oldest standing structure in Ohio.

3 p.m. • Ohio Ghost Towns
Hear stories of small towns across Ohio that have disappeared by being abandoned or swallowed up by bigger cities.

4 p.m. • Shipwrecks in Lake Erie
While they may not contain Spanish gold, Ohio has plenty of ships that rest at the bottom of Lake Erie.

More to Come! Click here for March Cabin Fever Weekends.



More Upcoming Programs

Call the number after each program below to register for these Ohio History Center events in coming weeks.

Reserve Now!
Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, 2013 • 6-9 p.m.
American House Hotel, Ohio Village
From the Pubs of Ireland Candlelight Dinner
Enjoy a hearty Irish pub meal 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 Historical Society member. Advance registration required by Monday, March 11. 800.686.1541. 



On Exhibit 

See exhibits about Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:

Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing

Following in Ancient Footsteps


Over Here, Over There
Discover why we fight, how war changes us and how we remember, through hundreds of war mementos.

Follow the Flag

See real Civil War battle flags.

Connecting to Your History
Explore and share family history.

Buildings, Places & Spaces
Learn about using the past to shape the future by preserving historic places and capitalizing on local history.

Held Over!
Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About



Ohio History Center Museum Hours and Admission
 

The Ohio History Center museum is open five days a week: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Ohio History Center museum admission is $10/adult; $9/senior (age 60+); $5/youth (ages 6-12); Free/Ohio Historical Society member; Free/child (age 5 and under). The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Ohio History Center‘s third floor research room -- a great place to do genealogy or history research -- is open four days a week: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Research Room is closed Sundays-Tuesdays.

Questions? Call 800.686.6124.