Historic Sites & Museums

Ohio History Center 1950s Exhibit

Photo from a Lustron Home catalogBeginning in July 2013, experience the 1950s first-hand at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.  Follow the lives of a typical family in their Lustron home and immerse yourself in a decade of opportunity and post-war economic boom that saw the beginnings of the civil rights movement, a redefinition of women’s roles, the rise of rock-and-roll, and changes in art and fashion.

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Ohio Village

Step back in time at the Ohio Village – a re-created mid nineteenth century Ohio town at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Visit the Ohio Village in the summertime and enjoy costumed characters, cell phone tours, interpretive panels and the always popular play areas.  During the rest of the year, the Ohio Village is open for special events, such as All Hallows' Eve and Dickens of a Christmas, as well as school field trips.  Your gift to the Ohio Village Fund will help support outstanding educational programs and special events in the Village for all to enjoy. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe House Exhibits

Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Cincinnati, Ohio

Stowe House, a site of the Ohio History Connection, is operated as an historical and cultural site, focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The site also includes a look into the members, friends, and colleagues of the Beecher-Stowe family, Lane Seminary, and the abolitionist, women’s rights and Underground Railroad movements in which these historical figures participated in the 1830s to 1860s, as well as African American history related to these movements.  Help the Ohio History Connection develop engaging new exhibits to tell Harriet Beecher Stowe’s important story.   Contact Kathy Wyatt at 614.297.2308 for more information on how to get involved.



World Heritage Site Nomination for the Ancient Ohio Earthworks

Fort Ancient Earthworks on the Winter Solstice The Ohio History Connection is working to list Ohio’s ancient earthworks alongside other World Heritage Sites like the Acropolis, the Great Pyramids, Stonehenge and the Statue of Liberty.  You can help Ohio officially become one of the most important places on the planet and one of only 22 World Heritage sites in the U.S.  Support the development of a nomination for the ‘Ancient Earthworks of Ohio’ for inscription on the World Heritage Site list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  Click here for more information.


W.P. Snyder, Jr.

The towboat W.P. Snyder, Jr.The W.P. Snyder Jr. Campaign seeks to secure funding for repair and restoration of the towboat W.P. Snyder Jr., the sole remaining ‘pool-type’, steam-powered, sternwheeled towboat in the United States, which is on display at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta. The primary purpose of the restoration project is to return the Snyder to a watertight, structurally safe condition. The W.P. Snyder Jr. Endowment has been established to provide funding for the vessel’s continuing maintenance and upkeep.  Please contact Kathy Wyatt at 614.297.2308 if you would like to support either of these important initiatives.

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Save Historic Zoar

In spring 2011, the future of Zoar became threatened not only by a weakened levee on the river but also through a discussion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding how to manage the risk of flooding to the town.

The levee was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1936 as part of a water-control program. Weakened by aging and by decades of floods, it is now serving years beyond its original projected life expectancy. The Corps is in the process of assessing alternative scenarios such as repairing the levee, moving the village to higher ground or tearing down the town and allowing nature to take its course (the Corps would likely remove the levee if the town were acquired and razed). With two of those options the town is at severe risk.
Interpreter working in Zoar Garden
Speaking at a recent media event, Jon Elsasser, president of Zoar Community Association and a member of the board of trustees of the Ohio History Connection, said that moving the town to higher ground would have a dramatic negative effect on Zoar. Many buildings could not be moved for practical considerations. In addition, the logic of the town being located on a river would be lost.

Click here to visit the Save Historic Zoar web page