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Photo of visitors touring Ohio Village, a recreated 19th-century community. Enjoy guided tours of Ohio Village Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 2 through Sept. 1, 2013.Photo of a couple seated in a crescent moon prop circa 1945-1949 from the Allfree Family Collection. Learn about resources for tracing African American family history in the workshop ‘African American Genealogical Resources’ on Saturday, June 15, at the Ohio History Center.Group photo of students at a one-room school, taken by itinerant photographer Albert J. Ewing in 1906. See more of Ewing’s work in the exhibit ‘Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing’ at the Ohio History Center through Dec. 29, 2013.Photo of the Civil War battle flag of the 45th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, one of a group of real Civil War battle flags featured in the exhibit ‘Follow the Flag’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the game ‘Family Bingo,’ part of the family history exhibit ‘Connecting to Your History’ at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of a detail of a high-wheel bicycle on exhibit at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the farmhouse and church in Ohio Village. Photo of two women in a prop boat, taken by itinerant photographer Albert J. Ewing. See more of Ewing’s work in the exhibit ‘Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing’ at the Ohio History Center through Dec. 29, 2013.
At the Center
June Preview

Meet a Virginia woman who spied for the Union, tour an Ohio town of Civil War days, see base ball (yes, two words) played by 1860s rules, shake hands with Clifford the Big Red Dog, and explore your family’s roots during these upcoming events at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village 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.

Saturday, May 25, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Alice Schille
Meet Columbus native Alice Schille (1869-1955), one of America’s foremost watercolorists, who earned international recognition for her paintings of street scenes, beaches and markets as well as women and children. Robin Schuricht portrays Alice Schille.

Saturday, May 25, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
A House Divided Civil War Reenactment and Living History Weekend
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Saturday, June 1, 2013 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Storybook Village
Beloved characters from children’s fiction come alive in Ohio Village, our fictional 19th-century community, including Curious George, the Three Little Pigs, Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat. The Gingerbread Man will be doing his best to stay away from the baker, Hansel and Gretel will be trying to find their way back home, Rapunzel will be letting down her golden hair and Little Red Riding Hood will be on her way to grandmother’s house. Throughout the day, Columbus Metropolitan Library will host story times in the Town Hall and guest readers in the Schoolhouse. A community resource fair will feature the library’s Ready to Read Corps, learning checkups by Columbus Kids and financial literacy by PNC Bank. Storybook Village is free with Ohio History Center museum admission. Children age 6 and under enjoy free admission to the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village on June 1, 2013, when accompanied by an adult. A project of the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus Metropolitan Library, PNC Bank and the Mascot Organization, Storybook Village promotes early childhood literacy and kindergarten readiness.

This summer’s activities and special events at Ohio Village and on-going care of the village are sponsored in part by gifts from Anonymous; Conestoga, a fund-raising support group of the Ohio Historical Society; Crane Group; John Hauck Foundation; David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust; the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio; PNC Foundation; and the Village of New Concord.

Saturdays June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
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, June 1, 2013 • 2 p.m.
1860s Base Ball: Ohio Village Muffins vs. Dayton Clodbusters

Saturdays and Sundays in June and July starting Saturday, June 2, 2013
2 p.m.
Ohio Village Tour
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.


Save the Date!

Thursday, July 4 • Noon-5 p.m.
Glorious Fourth Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Enjoy old-fashioned family fun in Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community, including a Grand Procession, patriotic speeches, Muffins base ball game, performance by the Ohio Village Singers, dancing, brass band concert and more! Hungry? Plan to enter our pie-eating contests but save room for ice cream! Visit the Ohio History Center museum, open Noon-5 p.m. July 4, too! Special Signature Event admission applies to all on July 4: $12, $9/ages 6-12 ($10/Ohio Historical Society member; $7/Ohio Historical Society member ages 6-12) and Free/age 5 and under. 614.297.2663 or www.ohiohistory.org/ohiovillage.


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

Saturday, June 15, 2013 • 10 a.m.-Noon
Genealogy Workshop: African American Genealogical Resources
Thirty-five years ago, Alex Haley’s book Roots inspired black genealogists to explore and catalogue little-used and relatively unknown source materials. In this class, get direction in locating and using these resources as well as other tools of genealogical research. $20, $15/Ohio Historical Society member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genworkshops.

Saturday, June 29 • 10 a.m.-Noon
Genealogy Workshop: Digitizing Your Family History
Get an introduction to digitization for family historians. Learn how to select a scanner and software for managing your digital images, plus basic scanning techniques and best practices, including evaluating copyright and developing back-up procedures for long-term storage. $20, $15/Ohio Historical Society member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genworkshops.

Click here for more genealogy and family history workshops at the Ohio History Center.


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.