March 20, 2022

Curator Talk: Freeze-drying, Formalin, and Flesh-eating Beetles – How Museums Prepare and Preserve Specimens 

Included with museum admission. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look into the lab of a natural history museum to reveal how specimens are preserved and prepared. Learn how curators create beautiful animal skeletons and engaging taxidermy mounts, discover how delicate flowers and fungi specimens are preserved, and what exactly is in those jars of preserved […]

October 8, 2021

Announcing Changes to Collections Access and Curator Services, effective November 1, 2021

Ohio History Connection is excited to announce that we are building a new museum collections storage facility!

August 3, 2021

Reflections on my Summer 2021 Internship

This blog is an opportunity to start reflecting on my internship so far while tying this experience into the things I’ve been learning at school.

April 19, 2021

The Dantes and the Garage Rock Sound of 1960s Ohio

In the mid-1960s, teenagers everywhere started bands. In Columbus, the Dantes rose to the top in 1966 with the success of their song “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love.”

March 15, 2021

What Can a Toy Tell Us About Race?

Objects often embody larger ideas. One such piece in our collection is a toy bowling set that sheds light on the story of race in the United States.

August 29, 2020

Women’s Suffrage and Activism Collections in the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library

When researching and writing the traveling and digital exhibit Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, our curators extensively utilized the holdings of the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library. Join Curator Lisa Wood to learn more about what collections OHC holds- and then maybe do some of your own research!

July 1, 2020

Looking Back at Chuck Harris, Cycling Innovator

Chuck Harris was a beloved figure in the cycling community, making unique bicycle mirrors from his Knox County workshop. Read to learn more about "The Mirror Man of Gambier."

February 19, 2020

My Adventures as an Archaeology Intern

Meet Lauren Nowakowski, our Ethnographic Collections Intern, and hear about the fascinating collections she works with.

January 14, 2019

We Hope These Fit The Bill: Our List of the Best Ducks at the Ohio History Connection

On January 4th, the Museum of English Rural Life sent a tweet to the British Museum, simply stating: "give us your best duck."

December 1, 2017

“Hey, I Know Him!”: Identifying a Photograph From the Archives

There's always something new to learn about the collections at the Ohio History Center. Just recently, I learned new information about a photograph that has been at the Ohio History Connection for years!