Conestoga was established in 1986 as an important volunteer corps of support for Ohio History Connection. Its primary mission is to raise private-sector funds for Ohio History Connection programs and has raised more than $700,000 plus established an endowment fund since its founding. Conestoga members participate in a wide variety of social and educational events, such as:

  • Guided tours of historical sites and museums around Ohio;
  • Behind-the-scenes private tours and lectures;
  • Membership to Ohio History Connection, including free admission to all its historical sites and a subscription to Echoes Magazine;
  • North American Reciprocal Museum Association benefits; and
  • Discounts at the Ohio History stores, to name a few.

As a support group, Conestoga also plans and conducts an annual fund-raiser. Opportunities for involvement are plentiful and varied.

Conestoga welcomes members of all ages and interests. Membership currently costs $100 for a single membership and $150 for a couple membership. Dues include admission to all regularly scheduled Conestoga social events and educational programs, as well as all the benefits of the Ohio History Connection Plus membership.

Conestoga Programs for 2021—2022

All programs are free unless indicated otherwise. All programs and events are subject to change.

Ohio Village & the 1890s • Feb 2, 2022 at 1 p.m.

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Ohio Village and 1890s Ohio

Ohio History Center – Cardinal Classroom
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Ohio History Connection staff and volunteers research and develop the characters you meet in Ohio Village.


Conestoga Spring Trip • April 27, 2022

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Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites
355 E Church St, Marion OH 43302
$15/Conestoga Member

In April 2016, the Harding Presidential Sites and the Ohio History Connection announced "Harding 2020," a revolutionary project aimed at fully restoring the Harding Home and Grounds to their 1920 appearance and construction of the Warren G. Harding Presidential Library & Museum. The results of this multi-year effort were first shared with the general public in May 2021 and we are now sharing this experience with you. Attendees will be provided tours of the Harding Home and the Presidential Library & Museum. Following an on-site lunch at noon, we will visit the Harding Memorial Presidential Gravesite.

Fee is all-inclusive and covers boxed lunch and drinks. To make your reservation, contact Abby Reynolds, Conestoga Liaison, at 614.297.2320. Deadline to respond is Monday, April 18. 

"It Takes a Village!" Spring Fundraiser - May 15, 2022

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It Takes a Village to Reimagine a Village!
Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ohio Village - 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus OH 43211

Join us as we raise funds to support Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center!

Funds raised by Conestoga will help support the creation of a diverse set of Ohio Village characters and storylines that provide a more complete depiction of times in Ohio's early history. Plans also call for improving Village accessibility, installing streetscape features and extending the Village's season. Join us in supporting the reimagination and reinterpretation of Ohio Village. Be part of making Ohio Village the Midwest's premier living history attraction!

Event Schedule:
4 p.m. - Concert by Urban Strings Columbus in the Ohio Village Church (doors open at 3:30 p.m.)

5 t0 7 p.m. - Gathering in the American House Hotel to enjoy great food, wine/beer/soft drinks, and the raffle ticket drawing for outstanding packages.

Deadline to RSVP for the event is May 3. To purchase event tickets and/or raffle tickets, contact Conestoga Liaison Abby Reynolds at 614.297.2320. Raffle ticket winners need not be present at event to claim prize.

Ohio History Alive! Program

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Ohio History Center – Cardinal Classroom
Ohio History Alive! is a monthly discussion group for Conestoga members that considers many facets of past and current Ohio history using multimedia resources. Ohio History Alive! meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of scheduled months at the Ohio History Center. Upcoming programs include:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. – Topic: Abolitionist John Brown
  • Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 – Topic: Writer Toni Morrison and Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 – Ohio Village Program
  • Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022 – Topic: Ohio’s Central Role in Prohibition
  • Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022 – Topic: President Warren G. Harding & Florence Harding
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022. – Canceled

Conestoga Annual Meeting - June 1, 2022

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Wed., June 1, 2022 at 1 p.m.
Ohio History Center - Cardinal Classroom (3rd Floor)

Topic: Happy 200th Birthday, Presidents Grant and Hayes!

More details forthcoming.



For information on how to join Conestoga, please contact us at 614.297.2320 or click the link below!

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