Ohio Village Muffins Schedule
Swing Into the 50s
Harding Symposium
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July 2, 2013
Photo of villagers in the July 4 Grand Procession at the Glorious Fourth Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at Ohio Village.
Fourth of July at Ohio Village
Old-Fashioned Fun

Enjoy old-fashioned family fun while celebrating our nation’s independence during the annual Glorious Fourth Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at Ohio Village on Thursday, July 4, from Noon to 5 p.m.

“Visitors will experience how Ohioans celebrated our nation’s independence in the 1860s,” says Megan Wood of the Ohio History Connection.

“There’ll be activities for every member of the family, from grandparents and parents to teenagers and young children,” she says. “Old favorites like ice cream tasting and the pie-eating contest will be back, as will the parade.”

Circa 1950 artist’s rendering of a two-bedroom Lustron home.
Opens Saturday, July 13
When the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream opens at the Ohio History Center in Columbus on July 13, you can experience life in the 1950s firsthand -- put your feet up on the couch, play a record or peek in the drawers in a real two-bedroom Lustron home of the era.

Factory-made of porcelain-enameled steel, the Lustron house was introduced as an innovative solution to the nation’s housing shortage after World War II. Between 1948 and 1950, about 2600 of the houses were made in a factory on the east side of Columbus and shipped to buyers across the country, where they were assembled on-site.

Photo of visitors crossing a 19th-century iron bridge between Ohio Village and the Ohio History Center in Columbus, passing a vintage Baltimore & Ohio Railroad caboose.
At the Center

Step into the 1950s or 1860s, learn how and where to find your great-great-grandparents online; meet a man who worked on an Ohio River flatboat of the 1820s; shop talented present-day Ohio artists and craftspeople; or enjoy a special day honoring soldiers and veterans, all at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village in coming weeks.

Detail of a 19th-century cut captioned “Morgan’s Raid – Entry of Morgan’s Freebooters Into Washington, Ohio.”
Civil War 150

This month marks the 150th anniversary of Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid through Indiana and Ohio and the ensuing Battle of Buffington Island where Union troops caught up with Morgan’s Raiders -- the only Civil War battle fought in Ohio. The Ohio History Connection and local history groups are commemorating the raid and battle with events in communities across the state.

Photo of the Toledo Symphony Concert Band Independence Day Concert on the lawn at Spiegel Grove, home of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes in Fremont, Ohio.
At Hayes Presidential Center

For a truly bone-rattling celebration of the Fourth of July, the place to be is Fremont’s Hayes Presidential Center for the annual Independence Day Concert featuring the Toledo Symphony Concert Band.

Photo of the Hardings waving from the front porch of their Marion, Ohio, home.
Featured Events

Hear from former White House counsel John Dean and historian James Robenalt on scandals and the presidency; see British and American troops encamped at the site of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort; enjoy traditional music in the shadow of an Appalachian iron-making furnace and explore Ohio’s ancient cultures, all at Ohio History Connection sites and related venues in coming weeks.