Conestoga was established in 1986 to enhance community support for the Ohio History Connection. To date, its members have raised over $500,000. Conestoga members can 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 in the Ohio History Connection, including free admission to all its historical sites and a subscription to its award-winning magazine TIMELINE; and
- Discounts at the Ohio History stores, to name a few.
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 Plus Family membership.
As a support group, Conestoga plans and organizes fundraising activities, such as tours of historic Central Ohio homes, to raise money for the Ohio History Connection. Opportunities for involvement are plentiful and varied.
Conestoga members can also elect to purchase optional bus trips to historical sites. These travel packages are not included in Conestoga’s membership dues.
For information on how to join Conestoga, please contact Cynthia Vilardo, Membership Coordinator, at 800.686.1545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conestoga Programs for 2015—2016
All programs are free unless indicated otherwise.
“Late breaking news regarding exciting updates at the Center”
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 • 4 p.m.
Ohio History Center, 3rd Floor Classroom, Columbus, OH 43211
Now in his sixth year at the helm, Burt Logan, Executive Director and CEO, will share details about exciting initiatives underway to make the Ohio History Connection the key conduit to Ohio’s rich past for young and old alike.
Bus Trip: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, First Ladies’ Library
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 • 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 per person for Conestoga members; $80 per person for non-members (all-inclusive).
Deadline for reservations: Sept. 28th 2015.
Trip to Canton, OH to the McKinley presidential sites. First, a visit to the “hands-on interactive science center, Presidential museum and historical library [will take us] on a scientific journey through the past, present and future.” We’ll also embark on a special behind the scenes architectural tour of the Monument, and have a conversation with the President. A catered lunch will be provided. Additionally, we’ll be treated to a forty-five minute guided tour of The First Ladies' National Historic Site, operated and managed by the National First Ladies' Library, and housed in two buildings. One is the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home and the other, just a block north, is the Education & Research Center where the museum is housed.
Tour of Watershed Distillery
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 • 2 p.m.
1145 Chesapeake Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
Cost: $15 per person.
Our tour through the facility consists of a walkthrough of the process from start to finish – everything from mashing to writing the batch # on our label. Samples of all four spirits included.
Annual Conestoga Holiday Party
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 • Reception at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m.
The Boathouse at Confluence Park, 679 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
Start off the holiday season at The Boathouse at Confluence Park, where festive decorations, good food and the fine company of your fellow Conestoga members will help you ring in the holidays!
Downtown & Olde Towne East Church Tour including Franklin Art Glass
Feb. TBD, 2016 • 2:30 p.m.
Franklin Art Glass, 222 E Sycamore St, Columbus, OH 43206
Recognized as one of the world’s largest and highly respected creators of stained glass, Franklin Art Glass Studios, Inc. has been a family owned and operated stained glass studio since its inception in 1924, specializing in religious, residential, and commercial applications. Our narrated tour will continue to several sites where Franklin Art Glass has been installed and admired!
Bus Trip: “Tax Day Getaway” Springfield, OH
Friday, Apr. 15, 2016 • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This trip will include a narrated tour of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott house in Springfield OH. A one-hour docent guided tour and a short documentary on the restoration process will showcase this amazing property. Following, we’ll take a few minutes ride to the Heritage Center History Museum, also in Springfield, for a special two hour guided tour including permanent exhibits such as The National Road Gallery, Clash of Cultures, In Service to the Nation and many others. The banquet room at the Heritage Center will accommodate us for a boxed lunch.
Annual Fundraising Event: "Showcasing the American Dream"
Sunday, May 22, 2016 • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Join us at the Bob McDorman Automotive Museum as Conestoga “Showcases the American Dream” at their annual fundraising event to benefit Ohio History Connection. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music and a silent auction. For more information about this popular event or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-647-6921 by May 12.
Annual Celebration and Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 16, 2016 • 2:30 p.m.
American House Hotel, Ohio Village, Columbus