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January 31, 2014
Photo of skunk cabbage at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve between Urbana and Springfield, Ohio.Detail of a 19th-century illustration depicting Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s 1863 raid in Washington, Ohio.Photo of a horse-drawn sleigh on the grounds of Spiegel Grove, the Fremont, Ohio, home of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes.Photo of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center museum and library in Fremont, Ohio.Photo of first lady Lucy Webb Hayes (1831-1889), featured in the February 16 Hayes Lecture on the Presidency at Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.Photo of a canal boat on the Miami and Erie Canal in Waterville, Ohio, in the 1880s. Learn more about Ohio’s canals in the presentation “Bringing the Canals to Ohio” at Marietta’s Campus Martius Museum on Feb. 7.Photo of rifles made by traditional artisans who recreate the working tools of the frontier settler and hunter. See more at the Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show February 8, 2014, at Marietta’s Campus Martius Museum Photo of Dayton, Ohio, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906). Attend an annual graveside memorial service commemorating his life at Dayton’s Woodland Cemetery, Friday, February 7, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Featured Events
February Fun

Go dashing through the snow, celebrate Presidents Day, admire the work of traditional artisans and scope out one of the first signs of spring, 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

Thursdays Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, 2014 • 7 p.m.
Guthery Room, Maynard Hall, OSU Marion, Marion
Fireside Chats: The Harding Family Revisited
Feb. 6: “Doc” Harding: Colorful Patriarch. Feb. 13: Phoebe Harding: Gentle Fortitude. Series $25 or $12/program ($10/program in advance). 800.600.6894 or shall@hardinghome.org.

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Northeast Ohio

First Saturday of Each Month • 1 p.m.
Zoar Village Historic Site, Zoar
Saturdays in Zoar Free Speaker Series
Enjoy free programs related to the history of Zoar and Ohio the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014: Hear tales of the ghosts of Tuscarawas County told by local reporter and historian Jon Baker. Saturday, March 1, 2014: Enjoy a presentation on John Hunt Morgan’s raid through southern Ohio, by historian Frank Barrett. 800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

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Northwest Ohio

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 • 1–4 p.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove
Relive a scene from Currier & Ives on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Spiegel Grove, the 25-acre estate of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Young and old alike will delight in these nostalgic horse-drawn tours provided by South Creek Clydesdales. $3/person. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
(Originally announced as Feb. 15–17, Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove has been changed to Feb. 15 only, due to the availability of South Creek Clydesdales. For more information, call 800.998.7737.)

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 • 5–8 p.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Hayes Lecture on the Presidency
Hear noted historian, author and editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, Dr. Allida Black, discuss how the role of the first lady has evolved through time, with special focus on Lucy Webb Hayes. A reception and catered dinner precede the lecture. $30/Reception-Dinner-Lecture, $10/Lecture only. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737.

Through April 13, 2014 • Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday Noon–5 p.m.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President
See a special exhibit on the role that Rutherford B. Hayes played in creation of The Ohio State University. $7.50, $6.50/age 60+, $3 ages 6–12, Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.998.7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Feb. 23, 2014 • 1–3 p.m.
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, Urbana
Skunk Cabbage Walk
Join Cedar Bog Volunteer Naturalist Cheryl Erwin for a winter hike through the bog to find the first bloomer of the new year. $5, $4/Ohio History Connection member. 800.860.0147 or www.cedarbognp.org.

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Southeast Ohio

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 • Noon–1 p.m.
Campus Martius Museum, Marietta
Brown Baggin’ Thru History: Bringing the Canals to Ohio
Bring a brown-bag lunch and get a look at the mindset of the key figures involved in developing Ohio’s 19th-century canal system and how they decided where to build it, with David Simmons, senior editor of the Ohio History Connection magazine Timeline. This program is free thanks to the generosity of Washington County Public Library. 800.860.0145 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 • 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Campus Martius Museum, Marietta
Contemporary Gun makers and Allied Artists Show
Meet traditional artisans who recreate the working tools of the frontier settler and hunter. Gunsmiths, powder-horn and hunting-bag makers will display their wares. See demonstrations of gun building techniques and hear lectures by artisans about their work. Free with paid Campus Martius Museum admission: $7, $4/student, Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.860.0145 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org.

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Southwest Ohio

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 • 10 a.m.
Woodland Cemetery, Dayton
Paul Laurence Dunbar Graveside Memorial Service
Attend a service commemorating the life of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, who died Feb. 9, 1906. 800.860.0148.

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Enjoy Many More Events in Coming Weeks at Ohio History Connection 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 History Connection 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.

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