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 – May
All are invited to read and discuss books about the American presidency at this free book club. This month, the club is reading “Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams” by Louisa Thomas. (This is a continuation of the April discussion.) This event will take place in person and online. For online login information, contact […]
The National Road Yard Sale
The National Road & Zane Grey is participating in the National Road Yard Sale. Its parking lot will be full of volunteers turned vendors. The museum will be open for tours all weekend.
Fashion and Femininity Opening Reception
For thousands of years, our outfits have represented our wealth, status, and power. For centuries, our fashion has been a representation of who we are. Through our clothes, we can tell stories about our lives, our values and the way the world affects us. The suffragists of the Edwardian Era (1890-1920) are now known as […]
Summer in the Center
School might be out, but the History Center is in! Stay cool with us this summer with themed programing each month. Monthly themes will include natural history in June, air and space history in July and the history of new Ohioans in August. Weekly programs will include morning story times, exhibit tours and documentary film […]
Crossbow to Cartridge
Behold the great revolution in military technology, the adoption of gunpowder! Crossbow to Cartridge is a living history event for the 15th-17th centuries. Military camps to explore, weapons demonstrations and lively engagement with the warriors and campfollowers of distant Europe and Early America. Particular focus paid to the science of gunpowder and the entertainments of […]
Archery at Adena
Archery was a common pastime for adults and children during Worthington’s time. Join us for Archery at Adena, where children will be given an introductory lesson on the estate. Feel free to bring your bow if you have one. (No crossbows, please!) Archery at Adena will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at noon. […]
Caring for Your Treasures
Shaker Historical Society is excited to welcome ICA Art Conservation educators for a presentation and conversation on how people can best care for their historic treasures and heirlooms. After a 40-minute presentation, the group will discuss their personal treasures. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item of personal interest to share the story of the […]
Yoga in the Grove
Enjoy a morning of yoga in the rose garden behind the historic Hayes Home. This event is by Yoga Haven, a yoga studio in Fremont. This class is designed for all levels, and teachers will modify it to students’ needs. The class includes basic yoga poses, breathing practices and deep relaxation. $12 for adults, $7 […]
Tree Tour of Spiegel Grove
Walk the arboretum of Spiegel Grove, estate of 19th President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes, and learn about the different trees. Tickets are required and available at rbhayes.org. Tree tours of Spiegel Grove are sponsored by Charles & Dr. Mary Wonderly.
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.
Presidential Presents: Harding’s Voyage of Understanding 100 Years Later
In June 1923, President Warren G. Harding embarked on what he called a “Voyage of Understanding.” It consisted of a cross-country journey through the continental United States, along with stops in Canada and the Alaska Territory—the first official visits to those areas by a sitting U.S. President. He hoped the trip, intended to last about […]
Meet Daniel Willis, the new Audiovisual Archivist
Daniel grew up near Dayton, Ohio. He loved visiting museums as a child and developed a love for history. He attended Miami University and graduated with a degree in history. While in school, Daniel discovered an interest in paper manufacturing and pursued a minor in paper science. His love of both history and paper led […]
The Ohio Bald Eagle Recovery: A Success Story
By the Ohio Department of Natural Resources When the United States celebrated its bicentennial in 1976, the America bald eagle–the best-known symbol of America–was disappearing from the American landscape. Hardly any could be found in Ohio or elsewhere. But as we prepare for the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026, the resurgence of this iconic symbol […]
Ohio History Center and Ohio Village added to National Register of Historic Places
The Ohio History Connection’s Ohio History Center and Ohio Village are among the most recent properties added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 5.
One Designer Coat with Multiple Stories
A coat recently rediscovered in collections tells the story of who designed it, who sold it and who wore it, each story more compelling than the last.
Get Ready for the 1890s
One of my favorite things about history is discovering how people in the past solved the everyday problems we all face with the resources available to them. What to eat, how to keep your house warm, how to communicate over a long distance and how to dress are just a few of the issues we […]
Road Trippin’ with Truda: Second Friday Tour of Serpent Mound
Join me as I visit the sites in the Ohio History Connection network! This month's road trip took me to Serpent Mound in Peebles. Serpent Mound is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It’s the world’s largest effigy mound and represents a snake with a curled […]