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November 1, 2013
Photo of the ancient Newark Earthworks.Photo of a Victorian piano in the parlor of the Hanby House, home of the composer of “Up on the Housetop.”Photo of Revolutionary War soldiers marching to the site of Fort Laurens.Photo of the steeple of Tallmadge Church Historic Site.Photo of a table set for Christmas Dinners at Spiegel Grove.Photo of an 18th-century kitchen at the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta. Photo of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce.
Featured Events
Harvest Some History

Discover remnants of Newark’s vast earthworks; pose for your holiday photo in the home of the composer of Up on the Housetop; see 18th-century soldiers march to the site of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort; dine in the home of our 19th president; have your heirlooms appraised; share your poetry; or catch up on your scrapbooking, all at Ohio Historical Society sites and related venues in coming weeks.

Please note that there is a charge for some events and some require reservations or advance registration.


Central Ohio

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 • 9:30 a.m.
Great Circle Museum, 455 Hebron Road, Heath
Newark Earthworks Remnants Walk
Take a guided 3.5-mile walk beginning and ending at the Great Circle Museum and discover remnants of the huge Newark Earthworks that once covered four-and-a-half square miles — one of the wonders of the ancient world. Free. 740.345.8224 or www.ohiohistory.org/greatcircle.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 • Noon–5 p.m.
Hanby House Historic Site, Westerville
Picture An Old-Fashioned Holiday
Here’s a one-of-a-kind idea for your holiday greeting: Picture your family having an old-fashioned Christmas. Pose for holiday photos in the decorated parlor of the 19th-century family home of Benjamin Hanby, composer of Up on the Housetop. A professional photographer will take several shots then send them digitally to the e-mail of your choice. All rights belong to the purchaser. Civil War-era clothing is available for your use, or wear your own festive clothing. $25 sitting fee per family. Advance registration by Nov. 20 suggested; walk-ins will be accommodated. 800.600.6843 or www.hanbyhouse.org.

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Northeast Ohio

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fort Laurens Historic Site, Bolivar
235th Anniversary March-In
Visit the site of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort during this special event honoring the 235th anniversary of its construction. Revolutionary War re-enactors will march through Bolivar to the Fort Laurens Museum, where you can see period weapons demonstrations, taste moccasin stew and take part in other 18th-century-style activities. Free. 800.283.8914 or www.fortlaurens.org.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 • 4–6 p.m.
Tallmadge Church Historic Site, Tallmadge
Holiday Concert and Community Tree-Lighting Enjoy music of the holidays in the 1825 Tallmadge Church — an architectural landmark and reminder of northeast Ohio’s New England heritage — followed by the annual community tree-lighting ceremony on Tallmadge Circle. Free. 330.633.0855 or www.ohiohistory.org/tallmadge.

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Northwest Ohio

Thursday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 • 6:30–10 p.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Christmas Dinners at Spiegel Grove
Treat yourself to an enchanting evening out, in the newly restored 31-room mansion of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes. Enjoy a six-course feast based on White House state dinners of the Hayes era (1877–1881) while you are served and entertained by costumed staff. Seating is limited to 24 guests per night. $250/person. Advance registration required. Proceeds benefit Hayes Presidential Center. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 • Three Seatings: 1–3:30 p.m., 4–6:30 p.m. or 7–9:30 p.m.
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua
Christmas at the Johnston Farm: Who Killed Scrooge?
Enjoy a Victorian-themed murder mystery in which you’ll be charged with determining who did-in Ebenezer Scrooge. Start with a traditional dinner in the dining room of John Johnston’s early Ohio home, then tour the house — converted into a Victorian-era hotel for this event — and meet individuals who may have had a hand in Scrooge’s demise. After the tour, enjoy dessert by the fireplace where you’ll be asked to answer the question “Who killed Scrooge?” $35, $30/child ($30 Ohio Historical Society member, $25/Ohio Historical Society member child). Advance registration required. 800.752.2619 or www.johnstonfarmohio.com.

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Southeast Ohio

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Campus Martius Museum, Marietta
Appraisal Clinic
Join Garth’s Auctions of Delaware — Ohio’s oldest auction house — in support of the Campus Martius Museum. For a $5 donation benefiting the museum, one of Garth’s specialists will appraise your family heirloom or found treasure. Limit two items. All funds collected will be donated to the museum on behalf of Garth’s Auctions. Museum admission (not required to have items appraised): $7, $4/student, Free/Ohio Historical Society member or age 5 and under. 800.860.0145 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org.

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Campus Martius Museum, Marietta
Veterans Appreciation Day
See Debra Conner as Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to serve as an assistant surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War. While crossing enemy lines to tend Confederate civilians, she was captured and sent to a Confederate prison camp for four months. One year later, President Andrew Johnson awarded her the Congressional Medal of Honor for her devotion to tending sick and wounded soldiers — the only woman ever to receive that honor. The program is free thanks to the generous support of Washington County Public Library. Veterans enjoy free admission to the Campus Martius Museum on Nov. 11; museum admission is $7, $4/student, Free/Ohio Historical Society member or age 5 and under. 800.860.0145 or  www.campusmartiusmuseum.org.

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Southwest Ohio

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 • All Day
The Sunroom at the Brick, Frankfort, Ohio
Sponsored by Adena Mansion and Gardens
Scrapbooking Crop
Find yourself constantly interrupted when trying to scrapbook at home? Join us for 12 peaceful hours and scrap those wonderful memories of families, friends, vacations and more. Meals will be provided along with snacks throughout the day. Each scrapper will receive a welcome gift and be eligible for door prizes from participating vendors. Reservations are required as space is limited. $60. 800.319.7248 or www.adenamansion.com.

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 • 7–9 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce
Friday Night Groove
Do you love poetry? Join us for open-microphone night. Everyone is invited to participate. Time limits are imposed and there is no censorship. Sign up to read your own work or listen to others. Free. 800.752.2603.

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Enjoy Many More Events in Coming Weeks at Ohio Historical Society Sites

There’s so much more to see and do at Ohio Historical Society sites and related venues in coming weeks!

For more upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

For directions to Ohio Historical Society sites statewide, visit our Museums & Historic Sites page

Most Ohio Historical Society 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 our Museums & Historic Sites page.


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