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May 2, 2014
Photo showing a detail of the porch of the Warren G. Harding Home in Marion, Ohio, with red, white and blue bunting.Photo of a man using traditional techniques to make items from flint at Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries and Nature Preserve near Glenford.Photo of a pierced-tin lantern with a candle inside. Explore the reconstructed 1770s log village of Schoenbrunn in New Philadelphia by lantern light May 17, 2014.Photo of the 1832 McCook House in Carrollton, Ohio, a memorial to the Civil War’s ‘Fighting McCook’ family.Photo of a Civil War soldier talking with a man and boy visiting Carrollton’s McCook House.Photo taken inside the early 19th-century greenhouse at Zoar Village in Zoar, Ohio.Photo of a butterfly at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve between Urbana and Springfield.Photo of trillium, Ohio’s official state wildflower, in bloom at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve between Urbana and Springfield.Circa 1889 photo of the library parlor at the home of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes in Fremont, Ohio.Photo taken inside the restored 19th-century company store at Buckeye Furnace near Jackson, Ohio.Photo of the iron-casting shed at Buckeye Furnace near Jackson, Ohio.Photo of the restored early 19th-century garden at Adena, home of Ohio statesman Thomas Worthington in Chillicothe.
Featured Events
Spring Has Sprung

Take a bird walk; shop for heirloom plants; visit a log settlement by lantern light; explore Zoar behind-the-scenes; see what life was like for Confederate prisoners on Johnson’s Island; party aboard a sternwheeler on the Muskingum River; delve into the history of African American dance; or hear a Victorian parlor concert in a real Victorian parlor, all at Ohio History Connection 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, 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.

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.–2 p.m.
Warren G. Harding Home, Marion
Presidential Gardeners Plant Sale
Shop a sale of perennial flowers and plants grown by Marion’s Presidential Gardeners. 800.600.6894

Saturdays, May 3 and 10, 2014 • 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Wahkeena Nature Preserve, near Lancaster
Bird Walk
With over 100 species of birds, Wahkeena is a fantastic birding site. Join us as we welcome Bob Scott Placier, a wonderful birder and experienced instructor from Hocking College, who’ll lead birders of all abilities on a guided walk seeking out returning warblers, resident birds and water-loving species. We’ll explore pond, wetland, edge and forest habitats. About 90 minutes with frequent stops. Ages 12 and up. Free. 800.297.1883 or www.wahkeena-preserve.blogspot.com.

Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, 2014 • 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, 2014 • 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries and Nature Preserve, Heath
Spring Knap-In
Hike the same trail Native Americans walked to quarry flint, and watch as traditional artisans make arrowheads, stone tools, bows, atl-atls, pipes, items from hide and more. See a preserved flint pit in the museum and learn about the history and geology of flint. $5/vehicle. 800.283.8707 or www.ohiohistory.org/flintridge.

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Northeast Ohio

Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 1 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar Church, 142 E. Fifth St., Zoar
Saturdays in Zoar Free Speaker Series
Hear Terry Miller, author of The Covered Bridges of Tuscarawas County, talk about area bridges and his new book America’s Covered Bridges. Free. 800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 2014 • 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar
Dog Fest
Join Buckeye DockDogs in this family-fun event new to Zoar this year. See sheep and duck herding, agility and obstacle course runs and participate in a pet parade, costume contests and more. Get details and register to enter online at www.dockdogs.comby April 29. Not sure about DockDogs? Check it out free on Friday, May 2, from 4–7 p.m. 800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Tuesday, May 6, through Sunday, July 27, 2014Call for Hours
Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights
Exhibit: Images of Nature: Prints by Maggie Dunk Leigh and Photographs by Judith McMillan
See works featuring natural forms inspired by the Shaker Lakes area. 800.860.6078 or www.shakerhistory.org.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar
Beginning Blacksmith Class
Discover the history and basics of blacksmithing as you forge a hook and a nail. Limited to four apprentices, this class features plenty of time at the anvil. $100/participant. Ohio History Connection members save 10%. Advance registration required.800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 3–5 p.m.
Fort Laurens, Bolivar
Let Them Eat Cake!
Learn about the 18th century in a tasty new way. Sample pastries, cakes and desserts from throughout the colonial world, including Great Britain, France, Japan, and North America. Wear your finest modern-day or historical attire—best-dressed will receive a prize. Advance registration required by May 15. $10, $8/Ohio History Connection member, $6/ages 5–16. 800.283.8914 or www.fortlaurens.org.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 8–10 p.m.
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia
Spring Lantern Tour
Visit a reconstructed Moravian mission town of the 1770s by lantern light and see 18th-century villagers demonstrating woodworking, fiber arts, writing with quills and more. $7, $5/age 55+, $4/ages 7–17, Free/age 6 and under. 800.752.2711 or www.dennisondepot.org.

Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, 2014 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, 20149 a.m.–3 p.m.
McCook House, Carrollton
McCook House Season-Opening Weekend
Visit the 1832 McCook House and learn about the “Fighting McCooks” of Civil War fame. See a McCook photo album newly donated by David Holmes, who’ll be on hand to talk about this unique archive, along with Civil War re-enactors and members of the Ohio Military Order of the Loyal Legions of the United States, descendants of military officers of the Union Army. Free. 877.727.0103 or www.ohiohistory.org/mccook.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 Tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar
Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Get a look at some seldom-seen areas of the 19th-century German Separatist community of Zoar, including attics, cellars and privately-owned buildings on this special tour. $15, $10/child. Ohio History Connection members save 10%. Advance registration required. 800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Saturdays, May 24 or June 28, 2014 • 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar
Intermediate Blacksmith Class
Spend a day at the forge working on a project to take home—leaf work, fullering, horseshoes, a fire poker or rake, a paper towel holder or bathroom tissue holder. Bring a sack lunch. Zoar’s Beginning Blacksmith Class (see May 10) is a prerequisite for the Intermediate class. $125. Ohio History Connection members save 10%. 800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

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Northwest Ohio

Thursday, May 1, through Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Exhibit: Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed
Learn about the Civil War prison at Johnson’s Island in northwest Ohio through archaeological evidence uncovered since 1965 and see artifacts recovered from the site in recent years. Funded by the Sidney Frohman Foundation and Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Noon–4 p.m.
Fort Recovery Museum and Historic Site, Fort Recovery
Season-Opening Sunday
See an exhibit of Hal Sherman paintings plus a show of prehistoric and battle artifacts. Free. 419.375.4384 or www.fortrecoverymuseum.com.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 • 1–4 p.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Rootsmagic Workshop
Learn tips and tricks for using RootsMagic™ genealogy software from its author, Bruce Buzbee, who’ll explain new features, solve problems and answer questions during this free workshop. Sponsored by RootsMagic. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, Urbana
Nature Photography Workshop
Sharpen your wildlife photography skills in this workshop with Tim Daniel, Ohio Division of Wildlife staff photographer. $25; $20/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 800.860.0147 or www.cedarbognp.org.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 8 a.m.
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, Urbana
Bird Walk
Join Steve Moeckel on a bird walk through Cedar Bog Nature Preserve. $5, $4/Ohio History Connection member. 800.860.0147 or www.cedarbognp.org.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Internet Genealogy II
Learn how to make the most of paid-subscription genealogy websites like Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.com, NewEnglandAncestors.org and Archives.com. Sponsored by RootsMagic Inc. $10, $5/student. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 • 4 p.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Music in the Parlor
Hear a 19th-century-style parlor concert by the Dodworth Duo in the restored home of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Advance registration required. $8, $4/child. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 • 9:30 a.m.–Noon
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Old Family Photos: Care, Digitizing and Organization
Learn how to identify which photographic process was used to create an image, and how to preserve, digitize and organize your family photos. Sponsored by RootsMagic Inc. $10, $5/student. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

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Southeast Ohio

Friday, May 16, 2014 • 6–8 p.m.
Ohio River Museum, Marietta
Jazzin’ Up the Museums Benefit
Enjoy a buffet-style dinner with music by the Roger Bush Trio aboard the sternwheeler Valley Gem. Cash bar available. Proceeds benefit Marietta’s Campus Martius Museum and Ohio River Museum. Advance registration required by May 9. $40, $75/couple. 800.860.0145 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 • Noon–4 p.m.
Buckeye Furnace, near Jackson
Buckeye Furnace Opens for the Season
Visit Buckeye Furnace and learn how iron-making complexes much like this one that were scattered across rural southern Ohio helped win the Civil War. Explore the reconstructed blast furnace, company store, museum and nature trails. Free. 740.384.3537 or www.buckeyefurnace.com.

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Southwest Ohio

Saturdays, May 3, 10 and 31 • 1 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce
Curator Talk: The History and Legacy of African American Dance With Curator Ashley Jordan
$6, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–18, Free/age 5 and under or Ohio History Connection member. 800.752.2603 or www.ohiohistory.org/naamcc.

Saturday, May 3, through Sunday, May 18, 2014 • Wednesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday Noon–5 p.m. • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Adena Mansion and Gardens, Chillicothe
Heirloom Plant Sale
Shop over 80 heirloom varieties of herbs, tomatoes, vegetables and flowers. 800.319.7248 or www.adenamansion.com.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • 6:30–8 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce
College Night
See the documentary RIZE, chronicling parallels between krumping, a dance style that originated in 1990s Los Angeles, and traditional African dance, followed by some time to let loose and dance. $6, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–18, Free/age 5 and under, Ohio History Connection member or Central State University or Wilberforce University student. 800.752.2603 or www.ohiohistory.org/naamcc.

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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 History Connection sites and related venues in coming weeks!

For more upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

For directions to Ohio History Connection 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 on each site page at www.ohiohistory.org/places.