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.
Crime and Corruption
Join us as we explore the seedy side of history with Crime & Corruption! Bring the entire family and engage with fun activities linked to Ohio’s diverse and unique criminal past.
Adena Pottery Construction Workshop
Participants will create a clay vessel from self-hardening clay using the coil method of construction as the Adena Culture did 3,000 years ago. There will be an educational background given with visual examples. Each participant will be assisted as needed to finish a coil clay vessel. All individuals will have their own materials to work […]
Art and History series at the Hanby House
Quilters from the Westerville Senior Center will be displaying their craftmanship in the garden at Hanby House. Tours of Hanby House will be available
Craft Beers & Cocktails at Spiegel Grove
Sample craft beers from breweries around the region and enjoy cocktail samples at this annual event on the picturesque grounds of Spiegel Grove.
First Lady Lucy Hayes’ Birthday Party
Celebrate First Lady Lucy Hayes’ birthday with a weekend of hands-on activities, a flower-arranging class and more Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug 28, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Activities include a scavenger hunt, craft projects, Victorian fashion talk and hands-on artifact opportunities. The first lady would have turned 191 on Sunday, Aug. […]
August Semi-Colon Club
Enjoy a discussion of a variety of readings about Catharine Beecher (Harriet’s older sister, an educator and social reformer), including a chapter from Americanon by Jess McHugh. Discussion led by Dr. Kelley Blewett, HBSH Board Member.
Fort Meigs After Dark Lantern Tours
This two hour guided tour is a unique way to see the historic grounds of Fort Meigs. Led by candlelight, the event focuses on the American Army’s activities once the sun has set. This includes a soldier’s free time, camp and sleeping conditions, the reading of the Fort’s General Orders, the musical Retreat and Tattoo […]
Special Film Screening: Peerless City
Sat., Aug. 27, 2022 • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Ohio History Center, Columbus Portsmouth, Ohio was once promoted as the “peerless city,” brimming with industry. Built upon the banks of the Ohio River, people came to Portsmouth for opportunity. Businesses named themselves after their location, and the city counted Peerless City Motors, Peerless City […]
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.
Road Trippin’ with Truda: Fort Ancient
Join Truda Shinker, our membership manager, as she visit the sites in the Ohio History Connection network! This month's road trip took her to Fort Ancient in Oregonia. If you’ve lived in Ohio for very long, you’ve most likely seen the exit for Fort Ancient on I-71. I know I’ve passed it each time I’ve […]
New Acquisition of Kenyon Hayden Architecture Portfolio
By Lisa Wood, Audiovisual Curator The Ohio History Connection Archives & Library recently received the generous donation of a student portfolio by Kenyon Hayden. She studied architecture at The Ohio State University and became, if not the first, one of the earliest licensed female architects in Ohio. This portfolio complements the personal papers of Kenyon […]
Newark Earthworks Remnants Walking Tour, July 23, 2022
Join a guided walking tour of portions of the Newark Earthworks on Saturday, July 23 from 9 am to Noon. It will start and end at the Great Circle Museum (455 Hebron Rd., Heath, OH) and will cover about three miles of mostly level terrain on public sidewalks. Walking shoes and a water bottle are […]
Newark Earthworks Open House, July 25, 2022
During the Newark Earthworks Open House, visitors are invited to explore and fully experience all three segments of these ancient, expansive earthworks built masterfully by American Indians. The site will be open daylight to dusk, with staff on site to answer questions from Noon–4 p.m. There is no registration or reservations needed for tours. Octagon […]
Treasures of Archaeology
Today, the blog is taking a different turn. Instead of talking about all of the wonderful things we have in the collections, we’re going to focus on some true treasures; our volunteers and interns! First off is… Mary Lou DiDonato Her journey to volunteerism started in 1980 with an impromptu visit to the museum in […]