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.
Visit the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Avenue in Columbus in coming weeks and enjoy the following programs free with museum admission. Questions? Call 800.686.6124.
Through Sept. 1, 2013
Summer Fun in Ohio Village
Explore our recreated Civil War-era community. Townspeople and activities change daily and the cell-phone tours, free Ohio Village Quest treasure-hunt activity booklet and children’s play areas introduced in 2012 continue this summer! You’ll find some new things, too. We’ve opened the barn, added a flock of heirloom-breed chickens and introduced a pack-the-wagon activity in the market house. And, for the first time, you can opt to visit as an Ohioan of the 1860s! Saturdays at 1 and 3 p.m., see live Echoes in Time Theatre performances. In July, see Flatboats and Steamboats: Life on the Ohio River.
Ohio Village is free with Ohio History Center museum admission except during the Glorious Fourth Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on July 4 and the Aug. 24 Columbus Children’s Festival -- on those days, Signature Event admission applies: $12, $9/ages 6-12 ($10/Ohio History Connection member; $7/Ohio History Connection member ages 6-12) and Free/age 5 and under.
Saturdays July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
Flatboats and Steamboats: Life on the Ohio River --
A Tale of One Man, J.B. Piatt
J.B. Piatt left his home near Williamsport, Pa., at age 18 in the fall of 1824 and walked across the Alleghenies with his father, arriving in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day. There they found jobs as flatboatmen, hauling cargo down the Ohio River. They worked on the same boat as far as Wheeling, where they proceeded on separate boats “and I never saw my father again,” Piatt said. Hear of one man’s early life on the river. Roy Nichols portrays J.B. Piatt.
Saturdays and Sundays July 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28,
Aug. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31, and Sept. 1, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Ohio Village Tours
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., travel back in time on a guided tour of Ohio Village, our recreated Civil War era community. Learn about the buildings and meet some of the residents.
July 13-14, 2013 • Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
Ohio Made All-Ohio Art Festival
Presented in partnership with the Ohio Art League, Ohio Made features a marketplace of Ohio artists and craft vendors, combined with a juried art exhibition, live music and food vendors. Stroll the grounds and visit the buildings of Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community. Enjoy 1950s-themed food and entertainment and see the new Ohio History Center exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream. Saturday at 2 p.m. see the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s team, take on the Columbus Buckeyes in a game of base ball played by 19th-century rules.
Saturday, July 20, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Military Appreciation Day
Military Appreciation Day honors veterans and service members with special activities for the entire family throughout the Ohio History Center museum and Ohio Village. Veterans enjoy half-price admission to the Ohio History Center museum and Ohio Village July 20 and all active-duty military members and their families enjoy free admission through our Blue Star program -- visit www.ohiohistory.org/bluestar for details.
More Upcoming Programs
Call the number after each program below to register for these Ohio History Center events in coming weeks.
July 4, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
Glorious Fourth Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
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July 13, 2013 • 10 a.m.-Noon
Getting the Most From Online Sources
The World Wide Web has been a boon to family historians, allowing touch-of-a-button access to all sorts of information. But how do you know where you should go when hunting for your family’s history on the web? This session will serve as an overview to resources available online, how to evaluate them and what’s realistic to expect from your online experience when gathering stories and clues about your family. $20, $15/Ohio History Connection member. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genworkshops.
July 27, 2013 • 10 a.m.-Noon
Introduction to Land Records in Ohio
What does it mean to have an ancestor who bought land from the U.S. government or received a Revolutionary War bounty? What are the differences between a bounty, a direct sale, a grant and a homestead? Learn where in Ohio land was available to Revolutionary War veterans, who claimed such lands and how to locate individual claims. The emphasis of this workshop is on land survey, entry and payment records at the Ohio History Center and how to use them. $20, $15/Ohio History Connection member. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genworkshops.
See exhibits on Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:
Opens Saturday, July 13:
1950s: Building the American Dream
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Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing
View work by Lowell, Ohio, traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing (1870-1934) featuring people and places along the Ohio River and in rural West Virginia from the 1890s to 1910s. Also on exhibit: dozens of Ewing’s original glass-plate negatives plus cameras of the time. Through Dec. 29, 2013
Over Here, Over There
Discover why we fight, how war changes us and how we remember, through hundreds of war mementos.
Follow the Flag
See real Civil War battle flags.
Connecting to Your History
Explore and share family history.
Buildings, Places & Spaces
Learn about using the past to shape the future by preserving historic places and capitalizing on local history.
Following in Ancient Footsteps
Examine ancient artifacts and explore Ohio’s mounds and earthworks through computer simulations.
Hurry! Ends Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About
See items from our permanent collection that curators call “difficult” for their association with racial and ethnic stereotyping and share your thoughts.
Ohio History Center Museum Hours and Admission
The Ohio History Center museum is open five days a week: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. (Special hours Thursday, July 4: Noon-5 p.m.) Ohio History Center museum admission is $10/adult; $9/senior (age 60+); $5/youth (ages 6-12); Free/Ohio History Connection member; Free/child (age 5 and under). The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Through Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community, is open the same hours as the museum: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Ohio Village is free with Ohio History Center museum admission except during the Glorious Fourth Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on July 4 and the Aug. 24 Columbus Children’s Festival -- on those days, Signature Event admission applies: $12, $9/ages 6-12 ($10/Ohio History Connection member; $7/Ohio History Connection member ages 6-12) and Free/age 5 and under.
The Ohio History Center’s third floor research room -- a great place to do genealogy or history research -- is open four days a week: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Research Room is closed Sundays-Tuesdays and Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Questions about visiting the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village? Call 800.686.6124.