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.
Presidential History Book Club
We will meet this time only at Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton. All are invited to read and discuss books about the American presidency at this free book club. This month, the club is reading “Keep Up Your Airspeed” by Harold H. Brown and Marsha S. Bordner. This event will take […]
Women’s History Month at the Ohio History Center
Included with general museum admission. Learn about some of Ohio’s famous females through tours, activities, and film screenings and explore the important role women have had in the shaping of Ohio. Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.–Documentary Screening Sat., Mar. 2 at 1 p.m.–Women’s History Tour Sat., Mar. 9 & 16 at 11 a.m. […]
Night at the Museum
Here’s your chance to experience the Ohio History Center museum after hours and see whether our exhibits really do come to life! This family event promises to entertain children and adults alike. Dozens of different characters will be roaming the museum, and you can learn all about their unique place in Ohio history. Grab an […]
Maple Syrup–Tap That
In this program, staff will give a brief discussion of the history of maple syrup, as well as instruction on the whole process of making this sweet treat. The program will include a brief discussion of Native, colonial, traditional and modern techniques of creating maple syrup, as well as a display of historic techniques showing […]
Statehood Day Celebration
Yay, or Nay! Ohio became a state in 1803, but not without conflict. Step back to 1802 and witness the fiery debate for whether Ohio should become a state or remain within the Northwest Terrority. Observe the momentous debate highlighting the Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair’s and Representative Thomas Worthington’s differing plans for Ohio’s path […]
Hands-On History: Little Historians
Explore Ohio's history with your little ones. We're providing a drop-in, open discovery space for your little historian to build, create and discover everything Ohio. You and your kiddo age 3 to 7 can freely explore our hands-on stations, and we'll wrap up our discovery time with a story. Included with Ohio History Center general […]
World Heritage: What Does It Mean for Ohio?
You’re inscribed, great! Now what? Please mark your calendars for a free-wheeling discussion about what World Heritage inscription means for the communities where the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks sites are located. Joining our own Chief Historic Sites Officer, Jennifer Aultman, in conversation will be Brent Lane, from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service. […]
The Grimke Women Speak Out (March Voices for Truth Discussion)
In the first full week of Women’s History Month, we listen to the voices for truth of Grimke women from two centuries: Angelina Grimke Weld, her sister, Sarah Moore Grimke, and their lesser known but also important great niece, Angelina Weld Grimke. Suggested reading: Angelina Grimke Weld, Speech at Pennsylvania Hall (May 16, 1838) Sarah […]
Spring Craft and Crop for a Cause
Incoming crafter alert! Adena Mansion and Gardens and Creative Chaos are partnering to host a craft and crop! This event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. at Adena Mansion and Gardens’ Visitor’s Center. Each crafter will receive a welcome gift and have the opportunity to craft a fun make-and-take […]
The Sky This Month–Eclipse Preview
Join Cedar Bog Nature Preserve and Patrick Craig as we prepare for the total solar eclipse. Patrick will walk us through what to look for and how to prepare for the event. This will be an inside/outside event so dress for the weather! General site admission ($5) applies for nonmembers.
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.
National Register Archeology 101: Evaluating the Significance and Integrity of Archeological Resources
National Register Archeology 101: Evaluating the Significance and Integrity of Archeological Resources When: Friday, May 3, 2024, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where: Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, and online via Zoom Kick off Historic Preservation Month by joining the Ohio Archaeological Council and Ohio’s State Historic […]
Tice Davids: The Origins of the Underground Railroad Name
By Valerie Boyer, School and Inclusive Community Programs Coordinator The commonly held notion of the Underground Railroad is that it was a network of people, places and secret routes that spirited southern slaves from captivity to freedom. We can surmise from the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, that enslaved folx were already making their escape […]
A Day in the Life of a Site: The Ohio History Center
Ever wonder what it takes to run an Ohio History Connection site? Our amazing site staff members work hard to maintain the physical site, create programming, provide customer service and more! Take a peek behind the scenes at the Ohio History Center to see what a typical day is like for the staff. […]
Charles W. Follis: Changing the Game
By Valerie Boyer, School and Inclusive Community Programs Coordinator Charles W. Follis was born on February 3, 1879, to James Henry and Catherine Matilda Anderson Follis in Cloverdale, Virginia as the 3rd of 7 children. In 1885, the family moved to Wooster, Ohio. Follis entered Wooster College, in 1901, however, he chose to play football for the amateur Wooster […]
Fort Laurens Musket Ball Concentration: Evidence of a fight or fiasco?
Fort Laurens Musket Ball Concentration: Evidence of a fight or fiasco? In 2004, Ohio History Connection (OHC) archaeologists and dedicated volunteers moved 50,000 pounds of dirt during an excavation of a musket ball concentration at Ohio’s only Revolutionary War period fort site, Fort Laurens State Memorial in Bolivar, OH. The concentration was discovered through […]
Ohio’s Black Artists: A History of a Trailblazing Museum and Resources to Engage Students Today
The 2024 theme of Black History Month in the United States is “African Americans and the Arts,” and, in that spirit, this month’s Resource Roundup discusses the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center’s (NAAMCC) influence on the art world. Be sure to read on for resources on teaching art in the classroom and a list […]
2024 Newark Earthwork Open House Dates
Save the Dates! A few times a year, visitors are invited to fully experience all three segments of Newark’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. Inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2023, these massive artifacts of creative genius served social, ceremonial and astronomical functions for their builders. The 2024 Open House dates are: Sunday, April 14th […]