Get in touch with our state’s artistic side, see Appalachia as captured by a traveling photographer circa 1900, visit Ohio Village in the days of speakeasies and Prohibition and revisit some Eisenhower-era commercials during May events at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
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.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Ohio Village Muffins vs. 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings
Catch the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s team, playing base ball (yes, two words) by 19th-century rules!
Saturdays May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Alice Schille
Meet Columbus native Alice Schille (1869-1955), one of America’s foremost watercolorists, who earned international recognition for her paintings of street scenes, beaches and markets as well as women and children. Robin Schuricht portrays Alice Schille.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
History Alive! Weekend
Each program lasts about 30 minutes.
Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Join us as we highlight an object from our collection and provide information about its history and how it fits into our exhibits.
Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The 1950s ushered in a new era for advertisements and product marketing. Hear 1950s ads spoken in 21st-century voices.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Faces of Appalachia Exhibit Tour
Get a guided tour of the new exhibit Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing and learn about photography circa 1896-1910 and the people pictured in this collection.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Albert Ewing and Itinerant Photography
Join Sharon Dean, Ohio Historical Society director of Museum and Library Services, for a presentation about itinerant photographers, featuring the Ohio History Center exhibit Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing.
Saturdays May 11 and 18, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays, May 12 and 19, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
Ohio in the Arts
Experience family fun and interactive learning that illuminates Ohio’s artistic culture. On Saturdays and Sundays, participate in hands-on activities, mystery tours, scavenger hunts, demonstrations and artifact play time and take home some artistic creations of your own. Click here for details.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Indigenous Art of Ancient Ohio
Meet Curator of Archaeology Brad Lepper and learn about some ancient Ohio works of art in Ohio Historical Society collections -- from an exquisitely crafted spear point made when mastodons were tromping through Ohio's forests to the famous Adena Pipe.
Save the Date!
Saturday, May 25, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
A House Divided Civil War Reenactment and Living History Weekend
Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community, opens for the summer with a bang! The heat, smoke and noise of the Civil War come alive with gun and cannon demonstrations, encampments of Union and Confederate troops and President Abraham Lincoln. Experience the civilian side of the war, too, with music, dancing and camp-life demonstrations. Shop sutlers selling period clothing and other items for men, women and children and talk with British military observers to get their take on the American Civil War. Battles take place Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Ohio Village Muffins take on Canton’s Hoover Sweepers, playing base ball (yes, two words) by 19th-century rules.
Saturday, June 1, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Beloved characters from children’s fiction come alive in Ohio Village, our fictional 19th-century community, including Curious George, the Three Little Pigs, Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat. The Gingerbread Man will be doing his best to stay away from the baker, Hansel and Gretel will be trying to find their way back home, Rapunzel will be letting down her golden hair and Little Red Riding Hood will be on her way to grandmother’s house. Throughout the day, Columbus Metropolitan Library will host story times in the Town Hall and guest readers in the Schoolhouse. A community resource fair will feature the library’s Ready to Read Corps, learning checkups by Columbus Kids and financial literacy by PNC Bank. Storybook Village is free with Ohio History Center museum admission. Children age 6 and under enjoy free admission to the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village on June 1, 2013, when accompanied by an adult. A project of the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus Metropolitan Library, PNC Bank and the Mascot Organization, Storybook Village promotes early childhood literacy and kindergarten readiness.
This summer’s activities and special events at Ohio Village plus ongoing care of the village are sponsored in part by gifts from Crane Group; Conestoga, a fund-raising support group of the Ohio Historical Society; PNC Bank; an anonymous donor; the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio; John Hauck Foundation; and David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust.
More Upcoming Programs
Call the number after each program below to register for these Ohio History Center events in coming weeks.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 • 10 a.m.-Noon
Genealogy Workshop: Cemeteries and the Family Historian
Learn how to get biographical details that go beyond birth and death dates from tombstones and their surroundings. $20, $15/Ohio Historical Society member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genworkshops.
Click here for more genealogy and family history workshops at the Ohio History Center.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 • 7-9:30 p.m.
The Pleasure of the Cup: Drinks of the Speakeasy
It’s June 1930 and the United States has been dry for the past 10 years. But that doesn’t mean alcohol has disappeared from the scene. Join us on a trip back to a world of “blind pigs,” bathtub gin and flappers. Learn how the 18th Amendment drove alcohol from public bars and taverns into secret watering holes as Prohibition-era Ohioans escort you through the underground world of Ohio Village circa 1930. Venture into the town pharmacy for a “prescription” and learn how alcohol was made in bathtubs and hidden stills. Listen to jazz while sipping favorite drinks of the era, but watch out for the Temperance League or worse, the police! $25, $20/Ohio Historical Society member. Age 21 and over. Advance registration is required for this popular event. Click here or call 800.686.1541.
See exhibits on Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:
Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing
View work by Lowell, Ohio, traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing (1870-1934) featuring people and places along the Ohio River and in rural West Virginia from the 1890s to 1910s. Also on exhibit: dozens of Ewing’s original glass-plate negatives plus cameras of the time. Through Dec. 29, 2013
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.
Following in Ancient Footsteps
Examine ancient artifacts and explore Ohio’s mounds and earthworks through computer simulations.
Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About
See items from our permanent collection that curators call “difficult” for their association with racial and ethnic stereotyping and share your thoughts.
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.