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From a 214-year-old log house in Hamilton to Canton’s imposing McKinley Memorial, you can explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage—some opening especially for Ohio Open Doors events or offering behind-the-scenes looks that aren't ordinarily available. All Ohio Open Doors events are free, and most are special one-day-only opportunities.

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September 2022

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Open Doors: Huber Machinery Museum
12:00 am - 12:00 am
We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Huber Machinery Museum located on the Marion County Fairgrounds. The museum displays artifacts from the early inventions of Industrialist Edward Huber and the equipment manufactured decades after his death. The museum contains over 2000 plus artifacts and invent , ...
Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
1:00 am - 12:00 am
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: McGuffey House and Museum Open House
1:00 am - 12:00 am
The Legacy of William Holmes McGuffey, the history of Miami University and the Federal vernacular architecture of the 1833 National Historic Landmark house. Guided tours available. , ...
Open Doors: West Chester-Union Township Historical Society
1:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us in celebrating the first time our two-room school house, built in 1900, is open to the public. , ...
Open Doors: The Historic Jones Building Public Tour and Reception
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Join us for a tour of the Historic Jones building and learn more about its long and distinguished history and its current use as artist studios and art gallery. , ...
Open Doors: 2nd Friday Celebration of the Arts
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Celebrate the arts as you tour the 173-year-old Oxford College for Women. Enjoy a complimentary artist reception from 6-7:30 p.m. At the same time, you can stroll through three art galleries on the main floor, tour historic Ox College, browse one-of-a-kind art in the Art Shop, or chat with one of 30 resident artists in , ...
Open Doors: Explore the Wertz Collection and the Portsmouth Earthworks Complex with Scioto Historical Version 4.0
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The tour starts at the Southern Ohio Museum, there will be a tour and demonstration of the Scioto Historical App in the Hopkins Theater. This will be followed by a tour of the Art of the Ancients Permanent Collection exhibition at the Museum. The group will then move to Mound Park, approximately 1.4 miles from the Muse , ...
Open Doors: Brownhelm Heritage Museum Open House
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
The Brownhelm Heritage Museum, a charming church on Claus Road, will be opening its doors to visitors on September 9th and 10th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Come hear about this 1870 building’s history and its amazing survival. Sit in the century old pews. Listen to piano music and the church bell ringing. Relax and en , ...
Open Doors: Wyandot County Museum “Behind the Scenes” Tours
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Have you ever visited the Wyandot County Museum and wondered what the basement looks like or what is down there? Have you toured the museum and been curious what is hidden behind the attic door at the top of the third floor? If so, this is your chance to see “Behind the Scenes” at the Wyandot County Museum. , ...
Open Doors: Historic Brownhelm School Open House
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Come out and see the restoration of the historic Brownhelm School! Volunteers have been working for over 15 years to bring this structure back from the brink of demolition to be used for sharing history with the community. Enjoy viewing classrooms that have been restored to look at they did in the early 20th century wh , ...
Open Doors: Discover Westerville’s Past – Sharp’s Settlement and the Underground Railroad
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Enjoy a walk through the 1849 home of Garrit Sharp, an original settler of the Sharp’s Settlement, now Westerville. Discover the role the Sharp family played in the Underground Railroad and learn more about the exciting history and start of Westerville, all while viewing painting, ceramics and textiles in what is , ...
Open Doors: Meet Ohio Humanities
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ohio Humanities, located in the heart of the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, will be open as part of Franklinton Friday on September 9th from 6 to 9 pm. Stop by and enjoy some light refreshments while learning more about the work we do to share stories, spark conversations, and inspire ideas. We will be screening , ...
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Open Doors: McGuffey House and Museum Open House
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Legacy of William Holmes McGuffey, the history of Miami University and the Federal vernacular architecture of the 1833 National Historic Landmark house. Guided tours available. , ...
Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: MHS Open House – From Historical Library to Historical Society
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Docent will give oral presentation on local history and the history of Madison’s original Carnegie Library as the new home for the Madison Historical Society. , ...
Open Doors: Oak Harbor Then and Now
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Local Historians, Dick Martin and John Liske share pictures of Oak Harbor in the past and present along with stories of areas downtown. , ...
Open Doors: Bexley Jeffrey Cottage Museum Open Door Tour
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Founded in 1974, the Bexley Historical Society promotes interest and pride in the history of Bexley, Ohio, and the accomplishments of its citizens and institutions. It seeks to educate the community by assembling, researching, publishing, preserving, and interpreting a valuable collection of memorabilia, photographs, , ...
Open Doors: Willard Murals Phase 1 & 2
1:00 am - 3:30 pm
Over 40 paintings are on-site by Archibald M. Willard. The display will include an original “Spirit of ’76” painting by Willard, and two 10′ x 12′ Masonic teaching murals painted by Archibald M. Willard. The museum is three floors and a mezzanine of Southern Lorain County history. , ...
Open Doors: Afternoon of Shaker History
2:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tour White Water Shaker Village, established in 1823, and one of the 24 Shaker communal villages founded in the United States. The village is home to the country’s only remaining brick meeting house which was built in 1827 with an unusual suspended truss system. In 1832, the large dwelling was constructed next do , ...
Open Doors: Hayesville Opera House
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit one of Ohio’s older theaters; the Hayesville Opera House, built in 1886, is one of the best examples of a 19th century theater. , ...
Open Doors: Hillcrest Children’s Home Tribute Gallery & Museum
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
A tribute to the last and largest Children’s Home in Scioto County, Ohio. Early Ohio Children’s Home. Light refreshments will be provided. , ...
Open Doors: ART FOR OUR TIME: The Witness Blanket
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tour the exhibition The Witness Blanket with the support of an arts professional. The Frank Museum of Art at Otterbein University hosts the internationally recognized The Witness Blanket, made by multidisciplinary indigenous Canadian artist Carey Newman/Hayalthkin’geme. The Witness Blanket is a gallery-size sculp , ...
Open Doors: Historical Society of Old Brooklyn Goes Digital
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn learned during the pandemic that we had to learn new ways of sharing our collection with the public. The answer was by scanning our collection into the computer and sharing on the internet. , ...
Open Doors: ART FOR OUR TIME: Colour Works exhibition
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tour the exhibition Colour Works with the support of an arts professional. Colour Works highlights acts of reconciliation across Canada around the legacy of residential and day schools, which Indigenous children were forced to attend between the 1870s and 1990s. Orange T-Shirts, inspired by the experience of Survivor P , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Burrell Open House
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tour this 200 year old brick homestead that served five generations including serving as a UGRR stop and birthplace of some pioneering business women. , ...
Open Doors: Moss Ancestral Home
1:00 am - 12:00 am
Visit the Moss Ancestral Home whose architecture is not seen in CT Western Reserve. Learn about the growth of the area after the discovery of coal, its transportation from canal to railroads and the impact upon the land. , ...
Open Doors: Sebring Railroad Museum and Historical Society and the Sebring Model Railroad Club Mini-Open House
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Come visit us for an open door “mini” Open House. Our club and museum will be open, and many of our members will be present for our monthly club meeting and will be available to show you our collection, discuss area railroad history, and run trains on our operating 30′ x 70′ model railroad layou , ...
Open Doors: In Search of the Hocking Canal
1:30 am - 4:30 pm
Viewing of the documentary, In Search of the Hocking Canal, produced by the Hocking County Historical and Genealogical Society, with the support of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association. , ...
Ohio Open Doors at Mahler Museum
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Celebrate Grandparents day with us on September 11, 2022, between 2 and 4pm. Let your Grandparents explain their childhood experience as you peruse the various displays and artifacts. Just one block west of the house, many vendors will be displaying their wares during Berea’s Art Fest on Front Street. , ...
Open Doors: Concert in the Country-Strauss Duo (Viola/Cello): Sounds of the Season
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) will present a free Sunday Concert in the Country in a program entitled “Sounds of Seasons” with the Oberlin-based Strauss Duo on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 2 pm. Featuring violist Michael Issac Strauss and cellist Cathleen Parlow Strauss, the duo will perform , ...
Open Doors: Marion Women’s Club Home “Welcome Home” Event
2:00 am - 5:00 pm
The “Welcome Home” event is a firsthand opportunity to visit the beautiful and historic Colonial Revival Marion Women’s Club Home and hear the amazing stories of women of the Marion County Federation of Women’s Clubs and their community engagement and impact.  Costumed docents invite you to enga , ...
Open Doors: 50 Years Ago – A Look Back at the 1970s
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for music, nostalgia, and a look at historic happenings in Pickerington and Violet Township during the 1970s. At the beginning of this decade, Pickerington’s population was only 676 people. With the help of annexations, commercial development, expansion of the water system and police force, the village , ...
Open Doors: The Last Canal Boat
3:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for a performance of excerpts from a musical called The Last Canal Boat, about the historic Hocking Canal and a young girl who dreams of being a canal boat pilot someday and the boy she grows up with as her family runs a canal boat business on the Hocking Canal. , ...
Open Doors: Beavercreek Historical Society History Center Open House
4:00 am - 6:00 pm
Visit the Beavercreek Historical Society History Center Open House to see what 1800’s pioneer life was like in Ohio. Society members will be on hand to guide you through a collection of homemaking and farming artifacts of early Beavercreek settlers. While you’re there, take a look at the extensive research librar , ...
Open Doors: ACHS Off Limits Tour
10:00 am - 10:00 am
Guests will embark on a self-guided tour of the Ashland County Historical Society’s hidden spaces. See the original cistern that the Cowan family used to disperse water throughout the house. Explore the basement of the Manor House that served as a summer kitchen for the Cowans. Hear about the tragic death of eigh , ...
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Open Doors: Moss Ancestral Home
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Moss Ancestral Home whose architecture is not seen in CT Western Reserve. Learn about the growth of the area after the discovery of coal, its transportation from canal to railroads and the impact upon the land. , ...
Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Let’s Talk Oak Harbor History – Memories? Questions? Mysteries?
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bring your questions and memories about the local Oak Harbor area. Local Historians Dick Martin and John Liske will try to answer questions about Oak Harbor’s history. , ...
Open Doors: Winemaking in the West Side During the Catawba Craze
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Delhi Historical Society will sponsor the program, “Winemaking in the Westside During the Catawba Craze.” Held at the historic Delhi Park Lodge at 5125 Foley Rd. The program will be led by historian and author, Dann Woellert, who has earned the title, “Food Etymologist.” Woellert’s lat , ...
Open Doors: Memorial Hall Open Doors Tour
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Explore a beautifully restored Beaux-Arts gem as historic Memorial Hall opens its doors for free tours on Monday, September 12. Tours take place at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. bridged by a social hour in the ballrooms, featuring with live music by pianist Dan Karlsberg. Registration is required, and each tour is limited to th , ...
Price Hill Incline – Passage to the Westside of Cincinnati
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
View a new exhibit of The Price Hill Incline, Cincinnati and Price Hill Transportation, and Price Hill History through photographs and memorabilia. Entire museum (2 floors) will be open. , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: The Marion Palace Theatre Behind the Curtain Tour
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Marion Palace Theatre from the front marquee to the green room below the stage. , ...
Open Doors: Explore the Birthplace of American Astronomy
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Explore the Observatory by Day! An introduction to the Cincinnati Observatory’s 178-year history. Learn about the Observatory’s role in early weather forecasting and timekeeping; and how Cincinnati came to have the first public observatory in the Nation, who made it possible and what was discovered here. You̵ , ...
Open Doors: Byesville Back to School Bygone Days
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Open Doors: A Toast To Time – 2022
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us at Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek to admire the architecture and artistry of this 1871 home and enchanting setting as we share plans to preserve the property, restore architectural details, and expand our vision for public programming. , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Oak Harbor Union Center School Tour
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Guided tour of a one-room schoolhouse, if not the last in Ottawa County certainly the most historically restored. School operated from 1899 to 1934. After being closed, the property was purchased by Theodore Witt and his grandson restored the building. Interior furnishings will take you back to the those early rural on , ...
Open Doors: Missing History of Massillon Artist Talk with Amber N. Ford
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Join the Massillon Museum on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:30 to 7:30pm via Zoom for a free Artist Talk with photographer Amber N. Ford. Ford is an artist and freelance photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work explores Blackness, identity, and , ...
Open Doors: The National Heisey Glass Museum
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
We invite you to come visit The National Heisey Glass Museum! On display is glassware manufactured by A. H. Heisey & Company in Newark, between 1896 and 1957. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Heisey manufacturing legacy while enjoying the astounding beauty of Heisey Glass. Throughout the day there will b , ...
Open Doors: Byesville Back to School Bygone Days
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Open Doors: ART FOR OUR TIME: The Witness Blanket
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tour the exhibition The Witness Blanket with the support of an arts professional. The Frank Museum of Art at Otterbein University hosts the internationally recognized The Witness Blanket, made by multidisciplinary indigenous Canadian artist Carey Newman/Hayalthkin’geme. The Witness Blanket is a gallery-size sculp , ...
Open Doors: Explore an Amazing Opera House in a Small Ohio Village
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Explore this fully restored 1878 Opera House on the upper floor of the Town Hall, located in the center of the South Charleston Historic District. Check out the dressing rooms beneath the stage. Look at the ornately decorated central dome in the center of the towering ceiling. Sit in the balcony and marvel at the acous , ...
Open Doors: Missing History of Massillon Artist Talk with Amber N. Ford
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Massillon Museum on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:30 to 7:30pm via Zoom for a free Artist Talk with photographer Amber N. Ford. Ford is an artist and freelance photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work explores Blackness, identity, and , ...
Open Doors: Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine is an innovative lecture series designed to expose attendees to stories of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Each event features three, fifteen-minute talks on the history of Over-the-Rhine. Presenters will answer questions together at the end about their talks. , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: ART FOR OUR TIME: The Witness Blanket
All Day
Tour the exhibition The Witness Blanket with the support of an arts professional. The Frank Museum of Art at Otterbein University hosts the internationally recognized The Witness Blanket, made by multidisciplinary indigenous Canadian artist Carey Newman/Hayalthkin’geme. The Witness Blanket is a gallery-size sculp , ...
Open Doors: Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society Open House
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Visit and tour our post-Civil War house museum furnished with early to mid 1900s furnishings and the annex with an agricultural tools collection. Enjoy refreshments with our volunteers, browse our family histories collection, and share your own family histories, photos, mementoes or memories to add to the historical re , ...
Open Doors: Hanby House Tour
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hanby House, an Ohio History Connection site, will be open for tours on Thursday, September 15 from 1-3pm. View a short film about the life of William Hanby and his son Benjamin Hanby. William Hanby was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, founder of Otterbein University and editor of a religious newspaper. His son , ...
Open Doors: Marblehead Historical Walking Tour
1:00 am - 2:30 pm
Are you interested in learning more about the beginnings of Marblehead?  Come join us for a walking tour full of interesting facts and stories about this small coastal town.  This tour is approximately 1.5 miles and takes about ninety minutes.  The terrain covered includes sidewalks and paved streets.  Meet on the back , ...
Open Doors: Behind the Scenes Look at Small Town Ohio History
10:00 am - 10:00 am
Ever wonder how a local history museum is run? Take a behind the scenes look at the Mantua Historical Society collections and see how objects are safely stored and identified. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the Mantua Center Historic District while listening to live music and touring the museum, Eastlawn Cemet , ...
Open Doors: Byesville Back to School Bygone Days
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Open Doors: Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society Open House
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visit Vinton County’s house museum located at Alice’s House, a post-Civil War built structure with early to mid-20th century furnishings along with artifacts and heritage items that help tell stories of local history. Peruse a significant and growing genealogical library of family histories available for re , ...
Open Doors: Camp Washington- The Home of Makers
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Explore the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati and its rich history as the home of makers. Walking tours of the historic buildings and pop up presentations will highlight the industries that built Camp’s reputation as a place for Maker’s while a farmer’s market will highlight some of the maker , ...
Open Doors: Night at the Museum
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebrate Ohio Open Doors with a FREE night at the museum! Learn about the Cincinnati years of antislavery author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe and the impact and legacy of her most famous anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Discover how the community’s power of voice shaped the 20th century hist , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: ART FOR OUR TIME: The Witness Blanket
12:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tour the exhibition The Witness Blanket with the support of an arts professional. The Frank Museum of Art at Otterbein University hosts the internationally recognized The Witness Blanket, made by multidisciplinary indigenous Canadian artist Carey Newman/Hayalthkin’geme. The Witness Blanket is a gallery-size sculp , ...
Open Doors: Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society Open House
12:00 am - 3:00 pm
Visit and tour our post-Civil War house museum furnished with early to mid 1900s furnishings and the annex with an agricultural tools collection. Enjoy refreshments with our volunteers, browse our family histories collection, and share your own family histories, photos, mementoes or memories to add to the historical re , ...
Open Doors: Historic Barns of Ohio
4:00 am - 7:30 pm
Robert Kroeger, author of Historic Barns of Ohio, will offer a live painting, storytelling event, and book signing. Visitors can tour Kilpi Hall, a registered historic building established in 1899 as a Finnish Temperance Hall. In 1976, the building was purchased by a group of people who started the Conneaut Arts Center , ...
Open Doors: Historical Marker Dedication for ‘The Big Walnut Country Club’
4:00 am - 5:30 pm
In celebration with the community, we will dedicate Gahanna’s first Ohio Historical Marker highlighting the history of The Big Walnut Country Club and its incredible founders. The Big Walnut Country Club was one of the nation’s first Black country clubs on land that is now Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio. , ...
Open Doors: Historical Marker Dedication for ‘The Big Walnut Country Club’
4:00 am - 5:30 pm
In celebration with the community, we will dedicate Gahanna’s first Ohio Historical Marker highlighting the history of The Big Walnut Country Club and its incredible founders. The Big Walnut Country Club was one of the nation’s first Black country clubs on land that is now Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio. , ...
Open Doors: Naturalization Ceremony for New Citizens
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In recognition of Constitution Day, James A. Garfield National Historic Site will host a naturalization ceremony at which approximately 25-30 people will take their oaths as new citizens of the United States. The Garfield home provides an appropriate and idyllic setting for this uniquely American ceremony. , ...
Open Doors: Historic Tour of Swanton!
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
We’re participating in the statewide Ohio Open Doors event on 9/16/2022 with the Ohio History Connection! Local sponsors are opening their historic buildings and landmarks to the public for special tours and programs. Join us in honoring the history, design and stories of our historic place! Complete list of businesses , ...
Open Doors: Hower House Museum – Free Tours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
The Hower House was completed in 1871 as the new home for wealthy industrialist John Henry Hower, his wife Susan Youngker and their three sons. Hower was active in milling, reaping and the cereal industry. He and Akron architect Jacob Snyder designed this house in the Second Empire Italianate style with a unique floor , ...
Open Doors: Discover Westerville’s Past – Sharp’s Settlement and the Underground Railroad
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Enjoy a walk through the 1849 home of Garrit Sharp, an original settler of the Sharp’s Settlement, now Westerville. Discover the role the Sharp family played in the Underground Railroad and learn more about the exciting history and start of Westerville, all while viewing painting, ceramics and textiles in what is , ...
Open Doors: The Hickories Museum Open House
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Come tour The Hickories, a museum of the Lorain County Historical Society. The Hickories was built in Elyria 1894 – 1896 for the family of Arthur Garford, when the population of the city was approximately 6,000 and Washington Avenue was an unpaved roadway. Garford, a bank teller in downtown Elyria, and rode his bike to , ...
Open Doors to the Carnegie
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Visit the historic library in downtown Bryan for a complete tour and history of this unique building. Visitors will hear the history of the library, learn about the architecture of the original Carnegie library and the three additions to the building. Visitors will tour the inner workings of WCPL, and be told the story , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: McGuffey House and Museum Open House
1:00 am - 12:00 am
The Legacy of William Holmes McGuffey, the history of Miami University and the Federal vernacular architecture of the 1833 National Historic Landmark house. Guided tours available. , ...
Open Doors: Western Columbiana County Historical Society Museum Open House
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come visit our museum for a special open house! The museum is located across the street from Middle Sandy Evangelical Presbyterian Church and has artifacts and documents from the townships in the western part of Columbiana County (Knox, West, Butler, Hanover). Our special event will have live music, light refreshments , ...
Open Doors: See it! Save it! Preserve it!
1:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come learn how to safely handle and preserve your treasured family heirlooms like photos, documents, textiles, and more so they can be enjoyed for generations to come! Local historical researcher Hannah Wiest will give a formal presentation at 2pm and will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions, make , ...
Open Doors: Bethel Historical Society & Museum Celebrates 50 years
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come join us for your free tour of the Bethel Historical Museum from 1-4PM. No reservations are needed. Visit the many displays, galleries, newspapers and photos of our historic past. See the local industries and show your children how our early settlers used their tools of their trade! Learn how our ancestors made use , ...
Open Doors: Wolcott Keeper’s House Tour
1:30 am - 3:00 pm
Learn about the history and restoration of the 1820s private residence of the Marblehead Lighthouse’s first two keepers, Benajah and Rachel Wolcott. , ...
Open Doors: Liberty Center Wabash Depot Open House
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join the Liberty Center Historical Society in a FREE tour of this 1891 historic Wabash Railroad Depot during the village’s annual Fall Festival. , ...
Open Doors: Liberty Center Wabash Depot Open House
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join the Liberty Center Historical Society in a FREE tour of this 1891 historic Wabash Railroad Depot during the village’s annual Fall Festival. , ...
Open Doors: Johnny Appleseed Day
9:00 am - 9:00 am
Enjoy apple butter making in the copper kettle on the lawn of this 1893 one -room Genoa schoolhouse. , ...
Open Doors: ART FOR OUR TIME: The Witness Blanket
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tour the exhibition The Witness Blanket with the support of an arts professional. The Frank Museum of Art at Otterbein University hosts the internationally recognized The Witness Blanket, made by multidisciplinary indigenous Canadian artist Carey Newman/Hayalthkin’geme. The Witness Blanket is a gallery-size sculp , ...
Open Doors: Wood County Ag-Venture Open House
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mark your calendar for the Wood County Ag-Venture Self-Driving Farm Tour September 17, 2022. Local agriculture industry are opening their farms and businesses in southeast Wood County to highlight Ohio’s #1 Industry – agriculture. Agriculture is a vital industry in Wood County. Fields of corn, soybeans, and wheat are s , ...
Open Doors: Discover Westerville’s Past – Sharp’s Settlement and the Underground Railroad
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Enjoy a walk through the 1849 home of Garrit Sharp, an original settler of the Sharp’s Settlement, now Westerville. Discover the role the Sharp family played in the Underground Railroad and learn more about the exciting history and start of Westerville, all while viewing painting, ceramics and textiles in what is , ...
Open Doors: Historical Society of Old Brooklyn Goes Digital
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn learned during the pandemic that we had to learn new ways of sharing our collection with the public. The answer was by scanning our collection into the computer and sharing on the internet. , ...
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Open Doors: McGuffey House and Museum Open House
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Legacy of William Holmes McGuffey, the history of Miami University and the Federal vernacular architecture of the 1833 National Historic Landmark house. Guided tours available. , ...
Open Doors: Mead-Needham Museum
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
This museum gives history of Pataskala, but also gives history of the prominent family of Pataskala that built and lived in the home that the museum resides. , ...
Open Doors: Daniel Hertzler, Jr. Opens the Door to his Family Home
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
A Hertzler relative (Daniel Hertzler look-alike) will greet visitors to his family home where other costumed docents will elaborate of the family history from Lancaster, PA to the building of this home in 1854. Explanation of the historical events that transpired. , ...
Open Doors: St. John’s Episcopal Church History and Community Connections
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Founded in 1804 by a band of settlers led by James Kilbourne, St. John’s Episcopal Church is the first Episcopal church west of the Alleghenies. You will be awed by the building’s construction including materials resourced and crafted locally and four central pillars made from milled solid black walnut tree , ...
Open Doors: Lustron House Open House
1:00 am - 5:00 pm
Visit this 1950’s post-war all metal kit home produced by the Lustron Corporation of Whitehall, Ohio. Approximately 1000 remain nation wide. This one was abandoned for 15 years and later restored by the Knox County Landmarks Foundation in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Built by the Bell Family for grandparents. , ...
Open Doors: Notre Dame College Beyond 100: Centennial Opening Celebration
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join Us For: The 100th Birthday Party for Notre Dame College and the community, featuring food, music, children’s activities and tours of the historic Administration Building Distinguished Notre Dame faculty 20-minute presentations: Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame and professor emerita , ...
Open Doors: Alliance History Ice Cream Social
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join the neighbors of the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home for an ice cream social in the beautiful gardens of the home. The Alliance History Mini Museum will be open for visitors to view local history artifacts, the 1910 Alliance car, and the current exhibit “Advertising Novelties of Alliance Businesses”. Admission to t , ...
Open Doors: Open Gallery at The McConnell Arts Center
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit a historic school building and tour the on-site visual arts exhibition at The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC) in Worthington. The exhibition on view, “Drawing the Line: Comic Artists of Columbus”, features process and published works of emerging and established local comic artists. Enjoy the fine , ...
Historical Society of Vandalia – Butler Open House
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Our 8-acre historical farmstead is open from 1-3 p.m. All buildings will be open for public viewing. We will feature information on quilting and have quilts on display and teach quilting stitches. , ...
Open Doors: Open House at the Orange Johnson House Museum
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Orange Johnson House Museum and step back into nineteenth-century Worthington – into one of the oldest residences standing in its original location in central Ohio. This property offers a unique view of both the pioneer and Federal periods in Worthington. The oldest portion was built in 1811 by Arora Buttles. , ...
Open Doors: Early Businesses in 1900s
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Two presentations by local artist/historian describing the history depicted on mural painted on side of early 1900s building. The art shows businesses formerly in this location in early 1900s including Rex Theater, Rappaport Store, etc. Artist will give two 30-45 minute presentations. Handouts describing the mural will , ...
Open Doors: Behind the Scenes at the Old Rectory
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Worthington Historical Society will host a free “Behind the Scenes” Open House at the Old Rectory on September 18th, 2022 from 1 – 4 pm. Visit with Society volunteers throughout the 1845 building, with access to our archives, library, and collections storage along with the Doll Museum. Items from , ...
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About Ohio Open Doors

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs. “Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.

MANY IN NATIONAL REGISTER

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

Ohio Open Doors is sponsored by the Ohio History Connection and by more than 200 partnering organizations that are hosting events in communities across the Buckeye State.


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