Cabin fever? We have the cure! Enjoy great exhibits like 1950s: Building the American Dream and Transformation plus special weekend programs and activities for the whole family every Saturday and Sunday in January and February at the (warm, indoor) Ohio History Center museum in Columbus.
Enjoy the following programs free with Ohio History Center museum admission (Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission). Each program lasts about 40 minutes. Attend just one or spend the day or weekend! Questions? Call 800.686.6124.
Saturdays Jan. 11 and 18, 2014 • 11:30 a.m.
What Do You Know About What’s Made in Ohio?
Prove your knowledge about Buckeye-made items in this trivia challenge!
Saturdays Jan. 11 and 18, 2014 • 12:30 p.m.
Ohio’s Iron Age
Ohio was a leading iron-producing state in the mid-1800s. Hear about the rise and fall of Ohio’s iron industry and its impact on our landscape and history.
Saturdays Jan. 11 and 18, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.
Sundays Jan. 12 and 19, 2014 • 3 p.m.
What Ohio-specific items do we love to talk about? Celebrity images, archaeological objects and natural things, just to name a few. Learn interesting facts and figures about some items chosen from our collections.
Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes In Time Theatre
Sarah Edwards Edmonds: Our Woman, Civil War Nurse and Spy
Men weren’t the only ones who went to fight in the Civil War. There are hundreds of documented cases of women disguised as men who served in the ranks of soldiers. Hear one such woman tell her story of life as a soldier, nurse and spy. Rhonda Frum portrays Sarah Edmonds in this one-woman performance. (This program takes the place of the Echoes in Time Theatre performance originally announced for this date, Ruth Lyons, The Woman Who Invented Talk Television.)
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Transforming Ohio: Urbanization, Industrialization and Immigration
in the Late 1800s
How did new machines, new people and new ideas change Ohio in the late 1800s? Join History Curator Cliff Eckle for a museum tour that explains how growing cities, improving technology and social changes led Ohio to become an important manufacturing center.
Saturdays Jan. 11 and 18, 2014 • 2:30 p.m.
Lustron Scavenger Hunt
How is the porcelain-enameled steel Lustron house on exhibit in 1950s: Building the American Dream connected to Ohio? Go on a scavenger hunt through the exhibit to find Ohio-made items.
Saturday Jan. 18, 2014 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes In Time Theatre
Ten Days in a Madhouse: Nellie Bly
A rare female journalist in the 19th century, Nellie Bly was not content to write quiet, serene articles, but focused on sensational stories that would alert her readers to wonders, delights and problems in the world. She investigated a number of areas, one being the insane asylums of the time. Posing as a troubled young woman, she got herself admitted to an asylum and lived there for 10 days. Listen as she tells her story. Jennifer Rounds portrays Nellie Bly in this one-woman performance. (This program takes the place of the Echoes in Time Theatre performance originally announced for this date, Ruth Lyons, The Woman Who Invented Talk Television.)
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 • 2 p.m.
What Was Made in Ohio in the 1950s?
In the 1950s, many consumer products were made in the Buckeye State, from refrigerators to paint-by-numbers kits. Join History Curator Cameron Wood for a tour of the porcelain-enameled steel Lustron house featured in the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream highlighting the many things inside it that were made in Ohio.
Sundays Jan. 12 and 19, 2014 • 12:30 p.m.
Ohio Place Names
Where do Ohio towns get their names? Participate in an activity that’ll shed light on some strange and forgotten stories behind Ohio place names.
Sundays Jan. 12 and 19, 2014 • 1 p.m.
When you buy something that claims to be local, what does that mean? What makes it different from something that says “Made in. . .”? Explore some food items and everyday objects past and present that are Ohio-made from start to finish.
Sundays Jan. 12 and 19, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Hey, That’s Not From Ohio!
Walk through the museum with a guide and see some objects that aren’t from Ohio. Learn how they contribute to Ohio history and how they came to be in our collection.
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 • 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 • Noon–4 p.m.
1950s Family Weekends: Arts and Crafts
Visit the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream and try your hand at arts and crafts of the 1950s.
Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes In Time Theatre
No Cigars, Boots on the Bed or Gentlemen in the Rooms!
Tales from Mrs. Hurst’s Lodging House
Relax and enjoy the company of Rebecca Hurst, widower and proprietor of a lodging house of the 1860s. Listen as she regales you with tales of her lodgers, rules of the house and life in general at a time when things seemed simpler and more relaxed. Mary Lou McKeen portrays Mrs. Hurst in this one-woman performance. (This program takes the place of the Echoes in Time Theatre performance originally announced for this date, Ruth Lyons, The Woman Who Invented Talk Television.)
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Skeletons From the Ice Age
How do mastodons and mammoths differ? Which is the most like a modern elephant? What kind of animals lived in Ohio during the Ice Age? Learn more about the animal skeletons that scientists study to answer these questions with Natural History Curator David Dyer.
More Upcoming Programs
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 • 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Valentines by Candlelight
Enjoy a romantic dinner in the American House Hotel at Ohio Village, followed by the Ohio Village Singers in a concert of Victorian-era love ballads and comic songs, interspersed with readings and romantic verse. $60, $50/Ohio History Connection member. Cash bar available. Advance registration required by Feb. 10, 2014. Seating is limited — call early! 800.686.1541.
See exhibits on Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:
1950s: Building the American Dream
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.
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 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 or Ohio Village? Call 800.686.6124.
Hold Your Wedding or Reception at the Ohio History Center or Ohio Village
Book today – visit www.ohiohistory.org/facility or call 800.646.5184 to learn more.