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May 2, 2013
Photo of a pierced tin lantern with a candle inside. Attend the Spring Lantern Tour at Schoenbrunn Village in New Philadelphia Saturday, May 18, 2013.Interior of a reconstructed cabin in the 1770s mission at Schoenbrunn.Ohio Civil War 150 logo.Photo of ‘On the Subway’ by Elizabeth Catlett from the exhibit “How I Got Over’ at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce.Photo of the roof and cupola of the 1833 Zoar Hotel in Zoar Village.Photo of the community garden at the center of Zoar Village.Photo of one of the many varieties of ferns at Wahkeena Nature Preserve, subject of a nature walk on May 12.Photo of the Ohio Historical Marker at Flint Ridge State Memorial Park in Heath.Photo showing the hands of an artisan making an object from flint using traditional techniques. See traditional flintknappers at work at Flint Ridge State Memorial Park in Heath May 24 through 26, 2013.Photo of a hiker on the boardwalk at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve near Urbana.Photo of a Large Yellow Lady’s-slipper wild orchid in bloom at Fort Hill. See spring wildflowers on a Wildflower Walk at Fort Hill Saturday, May 4.  Photo of Adena, 1807 home of early Ohio governor Thomas Worthington, as seen from the garden.Photo of the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s base ball team, in front of the Statehouse. See the Muffins take on the Capitol Cannons on the lawn of the Statehouse in downtown Columbus Tuesday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m.Photo of a reconstructed War of 1812 blockhouse at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg. Fort Meigs commemorates the 1813 First Siege of Fort Meigs Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, 2013.Photo of the Fort Recovery State Museum in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Fort Recovery commemorates the centennial of the Fort Recovery Monument honoring two battles of the 1790s Sunday, May 5.Logo of the Ohio Historical Society’s Building Doctor program. Our old-building experts, the Building Doctors hold seminars for old-building owners in Ellsworth on Thursday, May 2, and Hamilton on Thursday, May 16, 2013.  Photo of the steeple of historic Tallmadge Church in Tallmadge, Ohio, completed in 1825.  Photo of a portion of the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio.
Featured Events
Mission Improbable

Think missions are in the southwest or California? Think again. On May 18, explore an 18th-century Moravian mission by lantern light, right here in Ohio -- one of many great opportunities to connect with the past at Ohio Historical Society sites and related venues in coming weeks!
 

Please note that there is a charge for some events and some require reservations or advance registration. Click on the links below for full details.


At Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia


Saturday, May 18, 2013 • 8-10 p.m.

Spring Lantern Tour

Tour a reconstructed 1770s Moravian mission town by lantern light.


At Chagrin Falls Historical Society, 21 Walnut St., Chagrin Falls


On exhibit through May 31, 2013

Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later

See the Ohio Historical Society traveling exhibit Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later, hosted by Chagrin Falls Historical Society and sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, American Electric Power and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


At Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

 

On exhibit through Oct. 6, 2013

The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier

Learn about the strategic importance of battles fought in areas of Ohio, Michigan and Canada bordering Lake Erie, including Hull’s Surrender, River Raisin, Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson, the Battle of Lake Erie and the Battle of Thames.

 

Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Make-a-Book Class

Learn to create photo books, family histories, heritage cookbooks, personal stories or children’s books using online publishing sources.


At the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce

 

On exhibit through Dec. 28, 2013

How I Got Over

Through more than 70 historical and contemporary works by African American artists, How I Got Over tells a story fundamental to the human experience: overcoming adversity.


At the Campus Martius Museum, Marietta

 

On exhibit

Touched by Conflict: Southeastern Ohio and the Civil War

Explore the role of southeast Ohioans in the Civil War and the war’s impact in southeast Ohio through photographs and artifacts from the collection of Ohioan Larry Strayer.

 

Friday, May 31, 2013 • 6-9 p.m.
Jazzin’ Up the Museums
Join us aboard the Valley Gem sternwheeler for a benefit for the Campus Martius and Ohio River museums hosted by Friends of the Museums.


At Zoar Village in Zoar

 

Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 1 p.m.

Schoolhouse, 221 E. 4th St., Zoar

Saturdays in Zoar Free Speaker Series

Zoar and the Quakers

Hear Kathy Fernandez, retired Zoar site manager, talk about Zoar and Quakers, especially Thomas Rotch, a Quaker from Massillon.


Friday, May 17, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sewing House, 221 W. Third St., Zoar

Beginning Weaving Class

Learn to weave on a two-harness floor loom and take home a completed project.

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Blacksmith Shop, E. 1st St., Zoar Village, Zoar

Intermediate Blacksmithing Class

Spend a day at the forge working on a project to take home.


Thursdays from May 23 through June 27, 2013 • 3-5 p.m.

Schoolhouse, 221 E. 4th St., Zoar Village, Zoar

Watercolor Painting Class

Learn to paint with watercolors in this six-week course focusing on buildings and architecture of Zoar. 


At Wahkeena Nature Preserve, near Lancaster

 

Saturdays May 4 and 11, 2013 • 8:15 a.m.

Bird Walk

Join birders of all abilities on a guided walk seeking out returning warblers, resident birds and water-loving species. Explore pond, wetland, edge and forest habitats.

 

Sunday, May 5, 2013 • 1 p.m.

Nature Walk: Spring Wildflowers

Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk exploring the beauty, folklore and medicinal uses of native Ohio wildflowers.

 

Sundays May 12 and 19, 2013 • 1 p.m.

Nature Walk: Flowers and Ferns

Join a naturalist on a leisurely walk to see the last of the spring wildflowers and the newly emerging fern fronds.


Saturday, May 18, 2013 • 8:15 a.m.

Nature Walk: Birding by Ear for Beginners

Learn mnemonic devices and other tricks for identifying songbirds by their calls in this program geared for beginning birders


At Ellsworth Town Hall, 11125 Akron-Canfield Road (State Route 224) in Ellsworth

 

Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, 2013

Seminar Thursday, May 2, 2013 • 7-9 p.m.

Consultations: Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. by prior appointment.

Ellsworth Building Doctor Clinic

Meet our old-building experts and learn how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements to any home or building built between 1800 and 1955.


At Flint Ridge State Memorial Park, Heath


Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Season Opening Day

Visit a museum in a secluded natural setting where Native Americans quarried flint. Learn how they used it, hike trails through quarried flint pits and see native plants and wildlife.


Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26, 2013

Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Spring Knap-In

Watch as artisans make Native American-style arrowheads, tools, pipes and more from flint. Hike the same trail Native Americans walked to quarry flint, see a preserved flint pit and learn about the history and geology of flint in the museum.


At Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, near Urbana

 

Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cedar Bog Interpretation Workshop


Saturday, May 18, 2013 • 8 a.m.

Bird Walk


 

At Fort Hill, near Hillsboro

 

Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wildflower Walk

Join Ohio Historical Society Curator of Natural History Bob Glotzhober on a four-mile hike on the scenic Gorge Trail for one of Ohio’s most spectacular assortments of spring wildflowers.


At Fort Laurens, Bolivar


Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 10 a.m.

Paper Workshop

Learn how to make ordinary paper have an antique appearance.


Sunday, May 19, 2013 • 3-5 p.m.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Learn about the 18th century in a tasty new way: sample pastries, cakes and desserts from throughout the Colonial world.


At Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

 

Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday Noon-5 p.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday

Annual Heirloom Plant Sale

Shop for heirloom varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs.

 

Sundays May 5, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4, 2013 • 2 p.m.

Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Lecture Series

Enjoy a different topic related to 19th-century life or Adena Mansion & Gardens each month, many featuring demonstrations or hands-on activities.

 

Sundays May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11, 2013 • 2-4 p.m.

Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Children’s Series

Discover a different topic related to 19th-century life each month, focusing on hands-on activities.

 

Sundays May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18 • 2-4 p.m.

Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Concert Series

Enjoy a different local music group each month.


At Fort Meigs, Perrysburg

 

Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, 2013 • 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days

First Siege 1813 Bicentennial Event

Click here for related story.


At Fort Recovery State Museum, Fort Recovery

 

Sunday, May 5, 2013 • Noon

St. Clair Battlefield Walk

Walk the battlefield with John Winkler, author of Wabash 1791: St. Clair’s Defeat and Fallen Timbers 1794. Advance registration required.

 

At Monument Park in Fort Recovery


Sunday, May 5, 2013 • 3 p.m.

Fort Recovery Monument Centennial

Click here for related story.


At Hilliard Crossing Elementary School, 3340 Hilliard-Rome Road, Hilliard

 

Sunday, May 5, 2013 • 2 p.m.

Ohio Village Muffins vs. Columbus Buckeyes

Catch the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s team, playing base ball (yes, two words) by 19th-century rules!


On the Statehouse Lawn in Downtown Columbus

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 • 5:30 p.m.

Ohio Village Muffins vs. Capitol Cannons

Catch the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s team, playing base ball (yes, two words) by 19th-century rules!


At Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center in the Robinson-Schwenn Building, 221 High St., Hamilton

 

Seminar Thursday, May 16, 7-9 p.m.

Consultations Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. by prior appointment

Hamilton Building Doctor Clinic

Meet the Building Doctors, our old-building experts, and learn how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements to any home or building built between 1800 and 1955.


At Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013 • 10 a.m.-Noon

Genealogy Forum

Bring your questions, and experts from Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Society and Palatines to America-Ohio Chapter will suggest strategies to help you break through genealogical brick walls.


At Der Dutchman, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013 • 1 p.m.

Ohio Village Muffins 1860s Base Ball

Catch the Ohio Village Muffins, our ace 1860s team, playing base ball (yes, two words) by 19th-century rules during Plain City Heritage Days!


At Tallmadge Church, Tallmadge

 

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 • 11-1 p.m.

Tallmadge Church Open House

Step inside the 1825 church on Tallmadge Circle -- an architectural landmark and reminder of northeast Ohio’s New England heritage -- plus the nearby Old Town Hall and Schenkenberger House.


At Octagon Earthworks, Newark

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 • Site open daylight hours; Activities and tours Noon-5 p.m.

Octagon Earthworks Open House

Explore the ancient Octagon Earthworks.

 

Click here for upcoming events at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.


Enjoy Many More Events in Coming Weeks at Ohio Historical Society Sites

There’s so much more to see and do at Ohio Historical Society sites and related venues in coming weeks!

For more upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

For directions to Ohio Historical Society sites statewide, visit www.ohiohistory.org/places.

Most Ohio Historical Society sites are managed for us by local organizations. Though hours posted online at www.ohiohistory.org/places reflect the most current information we have, we encourage calling ahead before you travel, to confirm that the site you plan to visit will be open when you plan to be there. Find direct phone numbers near the bottom of each site page at www.ohiohistory.org/places.


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