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November 1, 2013
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1950s-Style Holiday Gifts
Ant Farm, Anyone?

Imagine the fun we’ve had stocking our Ohio History Store with 1950s-style gifts that complement the new Ohio History Center exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream. Shop online or in person and find fun gifts inspired by the ‘50s, from vintage music, movies and TV, to favorite toys of the era (yes, including the classic Ant Farm).

Our 1950s gift selection is organized around the Newports, a fictional family of four — Dotty, Bob, son Jimmy and baby Mary — who live in the two-bedroom Lustron house featured in the exhibit.

Shop Dotty’s Corner: Dotty, the quintessential wife and mother of the 1950s, is always looking for that perfect gift, from aprons and dish towels to fashions and notecards. Visit Dotty’s Corner.

Visit Bob’s Place: Bob, a good breadwinner, loving husband and devoted father, finds time for learning more about his new Lustron house, following his favorite TV shows and helping out with special projects around the house. Visit Bob’s Place and see what interests him.

Check Out Jimmy’s Toybox: Jimmy loves his toys. Look inside Jimmy’s Toybox for some 1950s favorites, including Magic 8 Ball, the Original Drinking Bird and the classic Ant Farm.

More 1950s Shopping Fun!
Experience 1950s Music
Enjoy 1950s Movies
Watch 1950s Television

Do Something Dotty, Bob, Jimmy and Mary Couldn’t
Shop the Ohio History Store online from the comfort of home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Or, shop in person 1950s-style: Visit the Ohio History Store in the Ohio History Center at I-71 and 17th Avenue in Columbus Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. or Sunday Noon–5 p.m., where you’ll find holiday gift ideas of all eras.

Members Save
Ohio History Connection members save 10% on most Ohio History Store purchases except alcohol and consignment items. Just show your membership card when you make purchases in the store at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, or enter your member code when asked for it during checkout in our online Ohio History Store.

2014 Ohio History Calendar
The 2014 Ohio History Calendar features winning entries from our annual photo contest that capture the beauty of Ohio History Connection sites and museums across the state. It also lists major events at society sites and museums for 2014, to help in planning your visits. The calendar is available after Nov. 15 for $14.99 at www.ohiohistorystore.com, by phone at 800.840.6414 or in the Ohio History Store at the Ohio History Center. Shipping and handling apply to online and phone orders.

Save the Date for Our Dec. 14 Made In Ohio Showcase

Shop in person for great Ohio-made gifts at our Made In Ohio Showcase on Sat., Dec. 14, just inside the AEP Welcome Lobby of the Ohio History Center at I-71 and 17th Avenue in Columbus. We’re bringing in selected Ohio artisans and craftspeople especially for this one-day holiday event. Shop the Dec. 14 Made In Ohio Showcase 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and meet Ohio artisans and craftspeople; see special demonstrations; enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family; browse Ohio arts, crafts, foods, wines and other unique gift items; and take advantage of special discounts. There’s no Ohio History Center admission charge to shop the Ohio History Store or the Made in Ohio Showcase.

Stay to explore the Ohio History Center museum on Dec. 14, including the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream, and see our two-bedroom Lustron house decorated for the holidays 1950s-style, Central Ohio Model Railroad Club train display and Echoes In Time Theatre performance Tales of a Department Store Santa (1 and 3 p.m.). Ohio History Center museum admission — free to Ohio History Connection members — is $10/adult; $9/senior (60+); $5/youth (6–12); and Free/child (age 5 and under). Parking is free to all. Questions? Call 800.686.6124.