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Tice Davids: The Origins of the Underground Railroad Name
By Valerie Boyer, School and Inclusive Community Programs Coordinator The commonly held notion of the Underground Railroad is that it was a network of people, places and secret routes that spirited southern slaves from captivity to freedom. We can surmise from the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, that enslaved folx were already making their escape […]
A Day in the Life of a Site: The Ohio History Center
Ever wonder what it takes to run an Ohio History Connection site? Our amazing site staff members work hard to maintain the physical site, create programming, provide customer service and more! Take a peek behind the scenes at the Ohio History Center to see what a typical day is like for the staff. […]
Charles W. Follis: Changing the Game
By Valerie Boyer, School and Inclusive Community Programs Coordinator Charles W. Follis was born on February 3, 1879, to James Henry and Catherine Matilda Anderson Follis in Cloverdale, Virginia as the 3rd of 7 children. In 1885, the family moved to Wooster, Ohio. Follis entered Wooster College, in 1901, however, he chose to play football for the amateur Wooster […]
Fort Laurens Musket Ball Concentration: Evidence of a fight or fiasco?
Fort Laurens Musket Ball Concentration: Evidence of a fight or fiasco? In 2004, Ohio History Connection (OHC) archaeologists and dedicated volunteers moved 50,000 pounds of dirt during an excavation of a musket ball concentration at Ohio’s only Revolutionary War period fort site, Fort Laurens State Memorial in Bolivar, OH. The concentration was discovered through […]
Ohio’s Black Artists: A History of a Trailblazing Museum and Resources to Engage Students Today
The 2024 theme of Black History Month in the United States is “African Americans and the Arts,” and, in that spirit, this month’s Resource Roundup discusses the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center’s (NAAMCC) influence on the art world. Be sure to read on for resources on teaching art in the classroom and a list […]
2024 Newark Earthwork Open House Dates
Save the Dates! A few times a year, visitors are invited to fully experience all three segments of Newark’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. Inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2023, these massive artifacts of creative genius served social, ceremonial and astronomical functions for their builders. The 2024 Open House dates are: Sunday, April 14th […]
Yours Respectfully, Miss Elvira Johnson
By Wendy Korwin, Archives Services Manager Within large archival collections, certain names and voices stand out. From 2021-2023, archivists at the Ohio History Connection worked to catalog President Warren G. Harding’s papers and photographs. During this project, we identified thousands of correspondents (another blog post explores some of Harding's early letters). There were close, distant […]
A Day in the Life of a Site: Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Ever wonder what it takes to run an Ohio History Connection site? Our amazing site staff members work hard to maintain the physical site, create programming, provide customer service and more! Take a peek behind the scenes at Armstrong Air & Space Museum to see what a typical day is like for the staff. […]