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.
The John & Annie Glenn Museum Open House
Step into John Glenn’s boyhood home the evening of the New Concord Christmas Parade and get a glimpse of Christmas past with the beautifully decorated old-fashioned tree including John’s Lionel train running around the track! Museum volunteers will be serving hot chocolate and cookies on the front porch.
Brown Baggin’ Thru History
Join us with your brown bag lunch as Steve Ball discusses the life and music of Stephen Foster. He will share details about Foster’s life and events that inspired his music. This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.
Holidays at Adena
Step back 200 years into the home of the Worthington family for a special holiday tour. Celebrate the holidays at “Holidays at Adena.” Adena Mansion and Gardens will be decorated in 19th century yuletide splendor and will sure put you in the holiday spirit! While Adena is closed for the winter season, we re-open for […]
Come decorate a wreath for the holidays! Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Adena Mansion and Gardens Visitor Center. We provide the evergreen wreath as well as natural materials gathered from the grounds of Adena Mansion & Gardens. You may also bring personal mementos to decorate your wreath. The cost is $35 per person. Space is […]
Dickens of a Christmas
Bring your family to our 19th century holiday celebration and see Charles Dickens’ festive vision of Christmas come to life!
Christmas at the Johnston Farm
Celebrate Christmas 19th-century-style with the Johnstons.
Dickens of a Christmas Dinner
Experience an evening in the world of Charles Dickens. Feast on a tasty dinner at the American House Hotel.
Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
After a two year absence, this popular tour of Sandusky homes and museums decked for the holidays has returned! The tours will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The tour will include a number of homes as well as the Cooke-Dorn House Historic Site […]
The National Road & Zane Grey Museum Open House
Come and explore the museum with all its beautifully decorated trees and enjoy holiday music by John Glenn High School’s vocal group, JG Company.
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.
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 […]
Those are for company!
Dishes from the Green family in Logan County, Ohio, showcase the difference between everyday dishes and dishes reserved for company.
An Obvious Connection? U.S. Route 250 and America 250-Ohio
By Todd Kleismit America 250-Ohio executive director The nation’s upcoming 250th anniversary lends itself to countless opportunities to express the ways that Ohio and Ohioans are in many ways central to the broader story of America. Transportation has always been a critical factor in Ohio, its history, and its future. Norwalk: During the American Revolution, […]