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March 28, 2013
Photo of the Ohio History Center in Columbus with a banner reading ‘Come Explore!’Photo of two beavers in the exhibit ‘The Nature of Ohio’ at the Ohio History Center. Learn more about Ohio animals during ‘Ohio’s Beast of Beauty’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus on April 6, 7, 14 and 15, 2013.Photo of members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, who will visit the Ohio History Center in Columbus for two events on Saturday, April 13, 2013.Photo of a player for the Ohio Village Muffins 1860s base ball team. The Muffins open their 2013 season on Sunday, April 14, at Ohio Village in Columbus.Photo of the exhibit ‘Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing,’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the exhibit ‘Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing,’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the Conway Mastodon skeleton in the exhibit ‘The Nature of Ohio’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the Civil War battle flag of the 45th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on display in the exhibit ‘Follow the Flag’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the game ‘Family Bingo’ in the exhibit  ‘Connecting to Your History’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the archaeology exhibit ‘Following in Ancient Footsteps’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of a Victorian-era doll in the exhibit ‘Ohio: Centuries of Change’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
At the Center
April Preview

Learn about Ohio animals, explore Appalachian history and culture, hear from two of Ohio’s leading foes of slavery and welcome the start of base ball (yes, two words) season during these April events at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

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.

Saturdays April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
Free At Last, Free At Last: Reminiscences on Slavery
It’s spring 1863, months after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in 10 states. Listen as two of Ohio’s leading foes of slavery, one black and one white, discuss how far they’ve come and what the future holds. Anthony Gibbs portrays Ripley foundry owner John Parker. Ronald St. Pierre portrays Rev. John Rankin.

Saturdays April 6 and 14, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays April 7 and 15, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
Ohio’s Beasts of Beauty
Each program lasts about 30 minutes.

Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Animals That Go Bump in the Night
Explore the world of moths, bats, owls, rabbits and opossums and see and touch some real preserved nocturnal animals.

Saturdays at 1 p.m.
Animal Symbolism
Join in a conversation about what the animal symbolism found in many artifacts left behind by ancient Ohioans tells us about life at that time.

Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Staff Picks!
Join us as we highlight an object from our collection and provide information about its history and how it fits into our exhibits.

Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Match the Scrat to the Animal
Want to find out what may be making a mess in your backyard? Learn how to track and identify animals using scrat.

Sundays at Noon
Staff Picks!
See Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Sundays at 1 p.m.
Grassland Animals
Some animals now common in Ohio, like coyotes and cardinals, were rare in pioneer days. Learn some of the ways our changing landscape has led to an increased population of some animals.

Sundays at 3 p.m.
Aquatic Animals of Ohio
Discover the creatures who make Ohio rivers some of the most biologically diverse in the Midwest.

April 13, 2013 • 1-5 p.m.
Meet President Lincoln(s)
Lincoln(s) will be everywhere when members of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters visit the Ohio History Center! About 40 Lincoln presenters -- people who portray the 16th president by adopting his persona and appearance -- are expected to be on hand to answer questions and pose for photos. Special programs at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. examine aspects of Lincoln’s life and career and Being Lincoln, a program on how the presenters developed their Lincoln personas, takes place at 2:30 p.m. (See also Dinner With Lincoln(s)April 13, below, under ‘More Upcoming Programs.’)

April 14, 2013 • 2 p.m.
1860s Base Ball
Ohio Village Muffins Home Opener
Catch the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s team, playing base ball (yes, two words) by 19th-century rules!

Saturdays April 20 and 27, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays April 21 and 28, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
Appalachia
Each program lasts about 30 minutes.

Saturdays at Noon
Faces of Appalachia Tour
Take a guided tour of the new exhibit Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing and learn about early photography and the people pictured in this photographic collection.

Saturdays at 1 p.m.
What is Appalachia?
Thirty-two Ohio counties are part of the region known as Appalachia. Learn what makes Appalachia a unique part of Ohio’s culture, economy and history.

Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Staff Picks!
Join us as we highlight an object from our collection and provide information about its history and how it fits into our exhibits.

Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Appalachian Migration
In the 20th century, millions of people from Appalachia migrated to industrial areas across the country. Hear stories of some who migrated to Ohio cities.

Sundays at Noon
Staff Picks!
See Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Sundays at 1 p.m.
Coal Mining and Labor in Appalachia
Take a look at how coal mining and labor unrest affected the culture and society in coal-mining regions.

Sundays at 3 p.m.
Faces of Appalachia Tour
See Saturdays at Noon.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 • 2 p.m.
1860s Base Ball
Ohio Village Muffins vs. Canal Fulton Mules
Catch the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s team, playing base ball (yes, two words) by 19th-century rules!


More Upcoming Programs
Call the number after each program below to register for these Ohio History Center events in coming weeks.

April 13, 2013 • 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Dinner With Lincoln(s)
Lincoln(s) will be everywhere when members of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters visit the Ohio History Center! Have dinner with a President Lincoln at your table and hear Civil War music performed by Steve Ball. After dinner, enjoy presentations by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass. $60, $50/Ohio Historical Society member. Advance registration required. 800.686.1541.

April 20, 2013 • 10 a.m.-Noon
Paper Storage 101: Archival Methods for Beginners
Learn to organize and store family-history records, photos and documents in a way that ensures they’ll be around for generations. Our hands-on, how-to class explains how archivists arrange a collection, tell the story of its origin, organize the contents and store the paper. An archival kit will be available for purchase and we’ll explain how to use the items in it. $20. $15/Ohio Historical Society member. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genworkshops.


On Exhibit
See exhibits on Ohio history, archaeology and natural history plus:

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.

Held Over!
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 Historical Society member; Free/child (age 5 and under). The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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? Call 800.686.6124.


Register Now for Summer Camps

Register now for our Blast from the Past summer camps at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village in Columbus. One-week sessions for campers ages 6-11 start July 8 and continue through the week of Aug. 2, 2013. For details, click here or call 800.686.1541.


Civil War Bus Tour June 17-19

Join us June 17-19, 2013, for Three Epic Days: The Battle of Gettysburg, a bus tour departing from the Ohio History Center in Columbus and traveling to the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa.; the Gettysburg Visitors Center and Battlefield; and the Flight 93 Memorial Site in Shanksville, Pa. For a brochure with full details, call 800.686.1541 or e-mail ohsbustrips@ohiohistory.org.