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May 2, 2014
Photo of the special event ‘The Pleasure of the Cup: Drinks of the Speakeasy’ at Ohio Village in Columbus May 10.Photo of the special event ‘The Pleasure of the Cup: Drinks of the Speakeasy’ at Ohio Village in Columbus May 10.Photo of the special event ‘The Pleasure of the Cup: Drinks of the Speakeasy’ at Ohio Village in Columbus May 10.Photo of the special event ‘The Pleasure of the Cup: Drinks of the Speakeasy’ at Ohio Village in Columbus May 10.Photo of cookbooks and an electric mixer on the counter in the kitchen of the Lustron steel house in the exhibit ‘1950s: Building the American Dream’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of two women entering the American House Hotel on the square at Ohio Village in Columbus, site of the May 24 Civil War Soliders’ Aid Fair.Photo of two boys dressed in the style of the Civil War era at Ohio Village in Columbus.Photo of members of the local Women’s Auxiliary to the U.S. Sanitary Commission, sponsors of the May 24 Civil War Soldiers’ Aid Fair at Ohio Village in Columbus.
At the Center
May Preview

Sample bootleg drinks in a Prohibition-era Ohio town (but watch out for the police!); snoop in the drawers and cupboards of a fully-furnished home of the 1950s; meet a performer from Ohio’s famed Sells Brothers Circus; or catch the Ohio Village Muffins playing base ball by 1860s rules, all at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village in coming weeks.

Enjoy the following programs free with Ohio History Center museum admission (Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission). Attend just one or spend the day or weekend! Questions? Call 800.686.6124.

Saturdays May 3, 10 and 31, 2014 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sundays May 4 and 11, 2014 • Noon–5 p.m.
Gallery Activities: Entertainment
Los Angeles may be the place to see the stars, but many of them got their start in Ohio. Enjoy special programs and activities highlighting Ohio’s rich entertainment history, from film and TV to music and more.

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2014 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
When the Circus Came to Town: The Sells Brothers
For many years the Sells Brothers Circus wintered in an area of Columbus that became known as Sellsville. Jennifer Rounds portrays a member of the circus in this one-woman performance.

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Learn More With Our Collections Staff
Enjoy in-depth presentations by our curators and collections staff on a different topic each Saturday in May, ranging from vaudeville to Civil War soldiers’ aid societies. For details, visit www.ohiohistory.org/calendar.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 2014, Noon–4 p.m.
1950s Family Weekends: Patriotism
Join us for a weekend of family fun inspired by patriotism of the 1950s and the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream.

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, 2014, Noon–5 p.m.
Ohio Village
Civil War Soldiers’ Aid Fair
Enjoy special Memorial Day weekend activities for the whole family as Ohio Village opens for the summer 2014 season with an 1864-style Soldiers' Aid Fair! Visit our recreated 19th-century community and take in an event reminiscent of ones that women's groups, churches and the U.S. Sanitary Commission organized in Cleveland, Cincinnati and other northern cities during the Civil War to raise money for care of Union troops. Called sanitary fairs during the war because of their association with the Sanitary Commission (which oversaw soldiers' aid), they combined craft bazaars, horticultural displays, appearances by famous speakers, balls and many other activities and attractions in a festive and patriotic atmosphere. See also Dinner and Concert in Tribute to Father Kemp’s Old Folks, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 24, below.

More Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 4, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Ohio Village
Singing America’s History:
The Ohio Village Singers 40
th Anniversary Concert

Enjoy a special 40th-anniversary concert by our own Ohio Village Singers featuring songs of the colonial era through the 1890s. Click here for details.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 7–9:30 p.m.
Ohio Village
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 History Connection member. Age 21 and over. Advance registration is required for this popular event. https://connect.ohiohistory.org/speakeasy or 800.686.1541.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 • 5–7 p.m.
Dinner and Concert in Tribute to Father Kemp’s Old Folks
American House Hotel, Ohio Village
Enjoy dinner in the American House Hotel and hear our Ohio Village Singers recreate a concert by Father Kemp’s Old Folks, who performed to sold-out audiences of the 1860s nostalgic for the good old days. Listen as 19th-century singers in 18th-century attire bring one of Father Kemp’s sometimes tongue-in-cheek and humorous performances to life. Before dinner, enjoy complimentary admission to the Ohio Village Soldiers’ Aid Fair, included with your dinner-and-concert reservation. Dinner and Concert: $60, $50/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required by May 16. Our dinner concerts featuring the Ohio Village Singers are popular events with limited seating and often sell out quickly, so register early. 800.686.1541

Genealogy Workshops

Genealogy Workshops are offered in partnership by the Ohio History Connection, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 10 a.m.–Noon
Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus
Census Records on the Net
Learn about the many census records available on Ancestry Library Edition, FamilySearch and other websites. Free. 614.645.2275 or www.columbuslibrary.org/events.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Putting the Clues Together:
Learning More About Your Family Photographs

Ever wish you could find out more about old family photographs you’ve inherited? This hands-on class will focus on 19th- and early 20th-century photos. Sharpen your observation skills and pick up some pointers on how to date a photograph. Bring a photo of your own to practice using what you’ll learn. $20, $15 Ohio History Connection member. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genealogy.

On Exhibit
See exhibits on Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:

1950s: Building the American Dream
Extended through Aug. 31, 2014

Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing

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.

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 History Connection 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? Call 800.686.6124.