Learn how to Duck and Cover; meet Miss America 1963; explore a real porcelain-enameled steel Lustron house of the 1950s; see inspiring films about living with disabilities; and examine how objects bring about transformation, all at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village in coming weeks.
Visit the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Avenue in Columbus and enjoy the following programs free with museum admission. Questions? Call 800.686.6124.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 • 2-2:30 p.m.
Curator Talk: Festivals, Football and Fun!
Join Lisa Wood, Ohio Historical Society curator for visual resources, to see a selection of historic photographs of Ohioans’ favorite fall pastimes.
Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
Duck and Cover! Surviving the Atomic Blast
Listen as a 1950s Civil Defense officer portrayed by Megan Wood explains how to protect yourself in the event of a nuclear attack. Duck and Cover was the title of a film produced in 1951 by the United States Civil Defense branch shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 • 1 p.m.
DOCOMOMO Tour Day: Ohio History Center and the Lustron House
Saturday, Oct. 5, the International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement, known in the United States as Docomomo US, sponsors its annual Tour Day, promoting mid-20th-century modern architecture and design with special tours in 40 cities across the United States. Join Ohio Historical Society Architectural Historian Barbara Powers and Curator Cameron Wood for a special tour of the landmark Ohio History Center designed by W. Byron Ireland & Associates and completed in 1970, and a porcelain-enameled steel Lustron house manufactured in Columbus circa 1948-1950 that has been reconstructed inside the museum as a focal point of the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream. When the Ohio History Center opened in 1970, it was hailed in the magazine Architectural Record as "the most architecturally significant structure built in Ohio since the State Capitol." The American Institute of Architects called it "a bold, imaginative, almost startling structure." Tour the building and learn about its daring cantilevered concrete construction and use of bold, geometric massing to create monumental museum and library spaces. The 1.5 hour tour will conclude with a visit to the mid-century modern Lustron house and the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Meet Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963
Join Sandusky native and former Miss Ohio and Miss America Jackie Mayer in a discussion about her fascinating life. Hear her recount her transformational rise to fame in 1962, when she was crowned Miss America 1963, and the life events that led her to stay in the public eye. See the dress worn by Jackie Mayer when she was crowned Miss America in the exhibit Transformation at the Ohio History Center through March 30, 2014.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 • 2-2:30 p.m.
Curator Talk: The Amazing Newark Earthworks
Newark Earthworks is the largest set of geometric earthworks ever built —anywhere. It has so much geometry and astronomy built into it that you might think ancient aliens had a hand in its design. You might think that, but you’d be wrong. Come and find out just how smart Ohio’s ancient American Indians really were.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 • 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Home Movie Day
Have vintage home movies but no way of showing them? Bring in your old home movies on Saturday, Oct. 19, and our experts will assess the condition and show them for you if possible. Throughout the day, see home movies from our own Ohio Historical Society collections and enjoy hands-on experiences with film and movie technology of the past.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 • 2-2:30 p.m.
Home Movie Day Curator Talk: Saving Your Home Movies
Do you have old home movies on film? Videotape? Digital files? Learn more about steps you can take to actively preserve these memories for years to come.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 • 2-2:30 p.m.
Curator Talk: What Happens in the Ohio Historical Society Archives?
At the Ohio Historical Society we document the ordinary and extraordinary stories of Ohioans. Join Liz Plummer, Ohio Historical Society head of Research Services, as she explains how we preserve and provide access to historical documents like letters, diaries, maps and photographs.
Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday Noon–4 p.m.
1950s Family Weekends: Halloween
Enjoy hands-on activities and programs related to the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream. Visit the exhibit, make a mask, explore how Halloween was celebrated in the 1950s and hear ghost stories and urban legends of the time.
More Upcoming Programs
Friday, Oct. 4, through Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
ReelAbilities Columbus Disabilities Film Festival
See films and special presentations celebrating the lives, stories and art of people with disabilities. ReelAbilities Columbus will be presented Oct. 4–7 at four venues: Columbus College of Art and Design, McConnell Arts Center, Wexner Center for the Arts and the Ohio History Center. VSA Ohio will present nine international, award-winning films, a free community screening as well as performances, talkback panels and a workshop on body image. Admission for all films is $5 per screening and all screenings are fully accessible.
Enjoy the following ReelAbilities Film Festival events at the Ohio History Center:
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 • 10 a.m.
See the captivating story of an Israeli national deaf soccer team that set out to become one of the top eight contenders in the 2007 World Championship in Bulgaria. Through groundbreaking techniques, award-winning director Yael Klopmann follows the stars of this team through their victories and hardships. 2008. 74 minutes. $5. Free to school groups – call 800.686.6124 for details.
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Jet Li, in his first dramatic role, stars in this moving story of a father’s tireless love for his autistic son and his attempt to teach his son the life skills necessary to survive on his own. A poignant tribute to parents’ infinite love for their children. 2011. 96 minutes. $5.
For more ticket information and the full ReelAbilities Film Festival schedule, visit www.vsao.org or call 614.241.5325.
Saturdays Oct. 12 and 19, 2013 • 5:30–9:30 p.m.
All Hallows’ Eve
Enjoy old-fashioned Halloween fun, with spooky stories by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, creepy characters like the village gravedigger plus 19th-century-style entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more! Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community, is the picture-perfect setting for this Halloween event. Click here for full details and to purchase admission in advance online.
See exhibits on Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:
1950s: Building the American Dream
Click here for details.
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.
Explore the stories of five objects and how mere “things” can bring about transformation and change, from life to death, from unknown to famous, from existing to extinct. Click here to learn more.
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 about visiting the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village? Call 800.686.6124.