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.
George Harris’s Voice in the Slavery Debate
Today it’s easy to wonder how anyone could seriously defend slavery, but in the antebellum US, plenty of people did just that. We’ll look at how one Southerner, George Fitzhugh, tried to make the case. In contrast we’ll consider how effectively two moments of self-expression by George Harris in Uncle Tom’s Cabin anticipate and counter […]
Included with general museum admission. Celebrate the end of winter and learn something new with the family this spring break! Join us at the Ohio History Center for a week of fun and interesting natural history programs from April 5th to April 8th. Please check out the list of programs for the week below! […]
Waves Artist Talk with Daniel Lozada
Join Shaker Historical Society for a virtual artist talk with “Waves” photographer Daniel Lozada on Thursday, April 6, from 6-7pm via Zoom. This program is free, but registration is required here. Described by Daniel: ‘Waves’ is a feeling. Feelings of being moved by people I’ve used a camera to observe while I was out in […]
Hayes Easter Egg Roll
Kids are invited to an afternoon of fun at the annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll, which replicates the White House Easter Egg Roll that Rutherford B. Hayes started when he was president. Kids are asked to bring three hard-boiled, colored eggs to use in the traditional egg games, which will take place on the Hayes […]
Spring Into History
Celebrate the beginning of the new season with “Spring into History,” a day dedicated to growth, renewal, and celebration.
The John and Annie Glenn Museum Volunteer Training
The John and Annie Glenn Museum will be hosting their annual volunteer training day on April 11 at 10 a.m. Information about the upcoming open season will be shared and training tours will take place. Any and all returning or potential volunteers are welcome to attend.
The National Road and Zane Grey Museum Volunteer Training
The National Road and Zane Grey Museum will be hosting their annual volunteer training day on April 12 at 10 a.m. Information about the upcoming open season will be shared and training tours will take place. Any and all returning or potential volunteers are welcome to attend.
Mingle at the Mansion: Botanical Edition
Attention all plant lovers! The Shaker Historical Society is hosting a houseplant swap during Mingle at the Mansion: Botanical Edition on Friday, April 14 from 7-9pm. Bring a houseplant and/or plant cutting to swap in our 1910 mansion and leave with a new addition to your collection. Not sure how to care for your new […]
A Walking Tour of the Newark Earthworks – April 15, 2023
Join a guided walking tour through portions of Newark and learn about the unseen portions of the Newark Earthworks on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Animals from Bark and Natural Objects
Join education specialist Pam Hall in using bark and other natural objects to make a 3-dimensional creation of animals, birds, insects etc. We will also be using glue, paint & other mixed media to create these realistic or fantasy constructions. Pam Hall earned her B.F.A. degree from Columbus College of Art & Design in Fine […]
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: First Friday Tour of the Great Circle
By Truda Shinker, Ohio History Connection Membership Manager Join me as I visit the sites in the Ohio History Connection network! This month's road trip took me to the First Friday Tour of the Great Circle in Heath. The Great Circle in Heath is one of the remaining segments of the Newark Earthworks, which was […]
From Santa Fe to Columbus: Pueblo Figurative Pottery in the Ethnographic Collection
On the (Rail)Road In the Autumn of 1880, President Rutherford B. Hayes embarked upon his Great Western Tour. Though being well-traveled throughout his presidency and known to make appearances across the country, this particular itinerary reached the Pacific Ocean and would mark the furthest west any sitting president had ever traveled. Beginning in Canton, Ohio, […]
Natural History’s “Green” collections
In honor of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday we delved into our Natural History collections to showcase five of our green specimens and tell their stories!
Road Trippin’ with Truda: Cedar Bog Nature Preserve
By Truda Shinker, Ohio History Connection Membership Manager Join me as I visit the sites in the Ohio History Connection network! This month's road trip took me to Cedar Bog Nature Preserve in Urbana. To quote my husband, “This place feels really significant.” And I couldn’t agree more. After a walk through Cedar Bog Nature […]
14 Kid Friendly Sites to Visit During Your Spring Break Staycation
By Truda Shinker, Ohio History Connection Membership Manager Looking for ways to keep the kids busy during your spring break staycation? With an Ohio History Connection membership, you can have a different adventure every day of your spring break! I’ve compiled some of my favorite kid friendly sites below. I always advise that you contact […]
“To the Electors of Washington County”
By Matthew Benz, Manuscripts Curator The Statehood Day celebration held at the Ohio Statehouse on March 2 was a chance for the Ohio History Connection to highlight items documenting the history of the Buckeye State. Among them was this pre-statehood letter written to the “electors” of Washington County. Dated May 23, 1802, the unknown writer […]