From our earliest history, we gather and tell stories. It’s through these stories that we connect. We connect to each other. We connect to shared beliefs and values. We connect to generations past as every tale is preserved and retold.
At Ohio History Connection, we don’t just tell the stories, we bring them to life. To your life.
Through preserving and sharing stories, we provide a way for people to connect meaningfully with Ohio's past—the places and people who came before us—through historic sites and museums, preservation, interactive exhibits and events, and dynamic resources and research. This experience develops a deep sense of both individual and community identity connecting us to one another then, now, and forever.
Fort Meigs – Holiday Open House
Come enjoy a rare winter time peek inside the historic fort with the seasonal activities and year end celebrations of the early American frontier. The holiday atmosphere includes bonfires and refreshments, stories and hands-on civilian crafts, live music and military demonstrations. Shop for the perfect gift alongside soldiers from the War of 1812.
Sleigh Rides Through Spiegel Grove 2022
Ride through the grounds of Spiegel Grove in a horse drawn sleigh!
Horse-Drawn Sleigh and Trolley Rides through Spiegel Grove
Ride through the wooded estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes in a horse-drawn sleigh, as he did when he lived there. A horse-drawn trolley also will offer rides through Spiegel Grove. The sleigh can fit four people, and the trolley can fit 16 -18. The rides are a nostalgic trip through the beautiful wooded estate, […]
Ohio History Connection and TAWI Family Village will present two evenings of Kwanzaa that will feature African drumming, music, dance, storytelling and hands on art activities.
Old Capitol Brewing Lecture
Have you ever wondered how the brewing process works or Chillicothe’s brewing history? Join us Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11 a.m. for an event with Old Capitol Brewing. Learn the process of brewing as well as its history in the Chillicothe area. Admission is free and for more information please visit our website at […]
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House
In Partnership with King Arts Complex, the Ohio History Connection presents the annual, MLK Open House. Celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King through visual and performing art performances. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the impact of Dr. King’s teachings and learn how his work changed […]
Latest Blog Posts
We offer deeper perspectives across multiple categories, including Natural History, Education & Learning, History, Archaeology, Ohio's Sports and even Event Planning at the Ohio History Center. A sampling of our latest blog posts can be found below.
Through the Eyes of a Child
By Linda Pansing, Curator of Archaeology This holiday season we thought you’d enjoy hearing about an encounter we had with a 7 year old who recently visited the museum in Columbus during a special event. She came by our table filled with stone pestles, pieces of pottery, bone tools, granite celts and chert projectile points; […]
Ohio Supreme Court upholds lower court decisions for Ohio History Connection to acquire Octagon Earthworks lease
We are pleased to announce the Ohio History Connection can proceed with its efforts to acquire the Octagon Earthworks lease from Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark and provide full public access to the site.
“My, What Big Teeth You Have!” A Guide to Large Mammal Teeth Found in Ohio
By David Dyer, Natural History Curator INTRODUCTION Every year Ohioans find teeth from a variety of large mammal species. These generally wash out of the banks of streams or rivers, are uncovered when excavating for a pond or drainage tiles, or occasionally are found on the surface of the ground. Enamel is a very hard […]
A Reflection on Native American Influences on Ohio
By Alex Wesaw, PhD; Director of the American Indian Relations Division of the Ohio History Connection Bozho, Alex Wesaw nde zhnëkas. Pokégnek Bodwéwadmi ndaw. Hello, I am Alex Wesaw. I am enrolled with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. This is how we introduce ourselves in the Potawatomi language. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians […]
Meet Ben Baughman our Newest History Curator
Meet Ben Baughman, newest History Curator at the Ohio History Connection, and learn about his connection to the General and Andrew's Raiders.
Veterans and Families are Supported in Ohio
By Pete LuPiba US Navy and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran With this week’s observation of Veteran’s Day, it is important to reflect on the contributions – and the sacrifices of our military veterans and their families. A New England pastor by the name of Manasseh Cutler and a group of American Revolutionary War veterans were […]