November 13, 2023

Perry County’s Horseshoe Grave: Part II

Part I | Part II | Part III In Part I, we left off wondering how much truth there is to the oft-repeated tale of Perry County's horseshoe grave. The only certain facts we have at hand is our documentary artifact - Mary Henry's gravestone - which reads: MARY HENRY Wife of James K. Henry […]

October 30, 2023

Perry County’s Horseshoe Grave: Part I

Part I | Part II | Part III Tis the season for campfires, apple cider, and ghost stories. For folks living in southeast Ohio, one story in particular has captivated generations. The unassuming Otterbein Cemetery is found nestled in the rolling hills of Reading Township, Perry County, Ohio. In many ways it is much like […]

September 4, 2023

Celebrate Ohio Archaeology Month

Celebrate Ohio Archaeology Month at the Ohio History Connection where we'll be kicking off celebrations on September 30, 2023 from 10:00am to 4:00pm! Dig into history with Ohio History Connection’s annual Archeology Day! Explore Ohio’s past with archeologists from across the state. Learn what it takes to be an archeologist, participate in a mock dig […]

August 28, 2023

Locofoco Meanness at Fort Meigs

In the spring of 1840, the Ohio Whig newspaper touted a future presidential campaign stop at Fort Meigs by candidate General William Henry Harrison. Readers may be familiar with Harrison’s slogan Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, coined due to his victory at the War of 1812 Battle of Tippecanoe, with John Tyler playing second fiddle as […]

July 28, 2023

Birds of a Feather: The Smithsonian and OHC Natural History Collections

Join Dave Dyer, Natural History Curator, and Marie Swartz, Archaeology Curator, on a journey that intertwines ornithology, archaeology, and natural history, revealing the significance of collaborative research in unraveling the secrets of the past.   One of the basic tenets of a scientific collection is that the data associated with the specimens is as important […]

April 25, 2023

Road Trippin’ with Truda: Second Friday Tour of Serpent Mound

Join me as I visit the sites in the Ohio History Connection network! This month's road trip took me to Serpent Mound in Peebles. Serpent Mound is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It’s the world’s largest effigy mound and represents a snake with a curled […]

March 24, 2023

From Santa Fe to Columbus: Pueblo Figurative Pottery in the Ethnographic Collection

On the (Rail)Road In the Autumn of 1880, President Rutherford B. Hayes embarked upon his Great Western Tour. Though being well-traveled throughout his presidency and known to make appearances across the country, this particular itinerary reached the Pacific Ocean and would mark the furthest west any sitting president had ever traveled. Beginning in Canton, Ohio, […]

December 9, 2022

Through the Eyes of a Child

By Linda Pansing, Curator of Archaeology This holiday season we thought you’d enjoy hearing about an encounter we had with a 7 year old who recently visited the museum in Columbus during a special event. She came by our table filled with stone pestles, pieces of pottery, bone tools, granite celts and chert projectile points; […]

November 10, 2022

Curator Talk: Ohio Shipwrecks: What’s in Your Backyard?

Included with museum admission. From Lake Erie, to canals, to rivers, Ohio’s maritime history is rich and ancient. This presentation will highlight the stories of several shipwrecks; their ‘lives’, ‘deaths’ and discoveries. How many shipwrecks are in Ohio? Come and Find out! Speaker for this program: Linda Pansing is Curator of Archeology for the Ohio […]

August 5, 2022

Open Doors: Above and Beneath Flint Ridge’s Quarries

Flint Ridge’s park covers 525 acres, but it is only one portion of a geological ridge that runs about 8×3 miles in its dimensions. Adjacent to the park is property owned and quarried by a master flint knapper. Join park personnel for a special tour that explores both Flint Ridge’s Quarry Trail and the pits […]