Explore a real porcelain-enameled steel house of the 1950s; decide what you’d want with you in a Cold War-era bomb shelter; learn about the Ohioan credited with making tomatoes what they are today; and get a guided tour of Ohio Village circa 1863, all at the Ohio History Center in August.
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. This Saturday, July 27, see Flatboats and Steamboats: Life on the Ohio River. Saturdays in August, enjoy encore performances of some past Echoes in Time Theatre favorites.
Ohio Village is free with Ohio History Center museum admission, except on Saturday, Aug. 24, when Ohio Village hosts the Columbus Children’s Festival and special Signature Event admission applies, which includes admission to the Ohio History Center museum and to the Columbus Children’s Festival at Ohio Village: $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 and Sundays through Sept. 1, 2013
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.
Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, 2013 • Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday Noon–5 p.m.
1950s Family Weekend:
Housewarming Party and Backyard Cookout
Throughout the weekend, enjoy programs and special hands-on activities related to the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream.
Saturday, July 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.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 • 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Family Mystery Tour: The 1950s
Delve into the 1950s in more depth on this tour that begins in the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 • 3 p.m.
Lustron House Tour
Take a guided tour of our new exhibit, 1950s: Building the American Dream, and learn more about the porcelain-enameled steel Lustron house on display.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 • 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 • 3 p.m.
What Would You Put in a Bomb Shelter?
After visiting the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream, you’ll understand the increased need for preparedness that Americans felt in the 1950s. Participate in an activity that asks you to decide what items you would stock in a bomb shelter.
Saturdays, Aug. 3, 10 and 17, 2013 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sundays Aug. 4, 11 and 18, 2013 • Noon–5 p.m.
Food, Festivals and Fairs of the Buckeye State
Throughout the museum, enjoy programs and special hands-on activities related to the history of food, festivals and fairs in Ohio.
Saturdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Best of Echoes in Time Theatre
Meet interesting people from the past each Saturday in August as encore performances of three of this year’s Echoes in Time Theatre productions bring figures from history to life.
Saturdays Aug. 3 and 10, meet Mary Todd Lincoln’s best friend in Dressmaker and Confidant to the First Lady: Elizabeth Keckley. “Lizzie” Keckley had no formal education, but learned her skills as a seamstress from her mother -- skills that helped her win her freedom and that of her son. Revonne Hammond portrays Elizabeth Keckley.
Saturdays Aug. 17 and 24, in Codename Babcock: Citizen Spy Elizabeth Van Lew, hear Elizabeth Van Lew, a member of Richmond, Va., society and one of the most intriguing women of the Civil War, discuss her opposition to slavery and secession and her work as a spy. Mary Lou McKeen portrays Van Lew.
Saturday, Aug. 31, it’s Liberties or Restrictions? Through the Eyes of Our Forefathers. Listen as an early American portrayed by Paul Hammock shares his thoughts about the restrictions and/or liberties put in place by those who wrote our nation’s founding documents.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Educator Appreciation Day
Celebrate Ohio’s teachers and school personnel at our annual Educator Appreciation Day, featuring special activities throughout the Ohio History Center museum and Ohio Village, including professional development workshops, education resources and a vendors’ fair. School employees and their families enjoy free admission to the Ohio History Center museum and Ohio Village on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Livingston’s Tomatoes During the 19th Century
Alexander Livingston of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is often credited with being “the man who developed the tomato,” responsible for the success of this plant in today’s home and commercial gardens. Join Carla Zikursh of the Ohio History Connection to learn more about Livingston, his tomatoes and his legacy.
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Columbus Children’s Festival
Bring the kids and enjoy a fun, education-driven festival for families sponsored by Kidslinked.com and the Ohio History Connection, with family-focused vendors and children’s activities in Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community. Get details at www.kidslinked.com or www.ohiohistory.org. Signature Event admission applies on Saturday, Aug. 24, during the Columbus Children’s Festival and includes admission to the Ohio History Center museum and the Columbus Children’s Festival at Ohio Village: $12, $9/ages 6–12 ($10/OHS member; $7/OHS member ages 6–12) and Free/age 5 and under.
Save the Date!
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 • 6–8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 • 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival
See more than 25 vintage base ball clubs from throughout the Midwest and beyond square off by 19th-century rules during one of the country’s largest gatherings of its kind.
More Upcoming Programs
Call the number after each program below to register for these Ohio History Center events in coming weeks.
Saturday, 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.
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mercy and Grace on Wheels 5th Annual Gospel, Car and Motorcycle Show
See vintage cars, motorcycles and enjoy live gospel music and other entertainment plus displays by area businesses and vendors during this free community event open to the public, hosted by the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village in the Ohio History Center north parking lot. 614.269.8567, 614.297.2477 or http://www.mercygraceonwheels.com.
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 • 7–10 p.m.
Have a blast with the past! See the new exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream and enjoy ‘50s-style music, drinks, dancing, food, fashions and contests. Come dressed in your coolest ‘50s attire – awards will be presented for best dressed! $12/person includes one drink ticket; additional tickets available for purchase. Age 21 and over. Advance registration required. Purchase tickets online at connect.ohiohistory.org/events/retro-rama, or contact 800.686.1541 or email@example.com.
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Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 • 5–10 p.m.
An Evening with Amunet
Spend an unforgettable evening with Amunet, the Ohio History Connection’s Egyptian mummy, and hear experts on hand for this special event share new information about her, derived from her recent CT scan. $15 ($11/Ohio History Connection members) in advance by Wednesday, Sept. 4, or $20 ($15 Ohio History Connection members) at the door on Saturday, Sept. 7. 800.686.1541.
See exhibits on Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:
1950s: Building the American Dream
Experience the 1950s firsthand. Explore the real porcelain-enameled steel Lustron home of a family of four, plus its contents. Put your feet up on the couch, play a record or peek in the drawers.
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
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. 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 Aug. 24 Columbus Children’s Festival, when 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.
Questions about visiting the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village? Call 800.686.6124.