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May 24, 2013
Photo of a detail of a garden in historic Shaker Heights.Photo of a detail of a garden in historic Shaker Heights.Photo of a Verandah Concert at Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.Photo of the Bakery at Zoar Village in Zoar.Photo of a flintknapper at work. See artisans craft objects of flint during the Spring Knap-In at Flint Ridge State Memorial Park May 24-26, 2013.Photo of the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark. Explore the full site during an open house on May 28, 2013.Photo of the home of President Warren G. Harding in Marion, Ohio.Photo of President Harding’s dog, ‘Laddie Boy’. Learn more about Laddie Boy during the event ‘Laddie Boy and Friends’ at the Harding Home in Marion on June 1.Photo of Gen. George Armstrong Custer. Meet Gen. Custer during Custer Observance Day Saturday, June 1, at Custer Memorial Park in New Rumley. Photograph courtesy Library of Congress.Photo of a visitor on the boardwalk at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve near Urbana.Photo of Adena, 1807 home of early Ohio statesman Thomas Worthington, near Chillicothe.Photo of a player for the Ohio Village Muffins vintage base ball team.Photo of a military reenactor at the event ‘Muster on the Maumee’ at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg.Photo of log houses at Schoenbrunn Village, a reconstructed Moravian mission of the 1770s in New Philadelphia, Ohio.Photo of the memorial and Ohio Historical Marker at the site of Fort Amanda, near Wapakoneta.
Featured Events
Gracious Gardens

The early 20th-century planned Garden City of Shaker Heights is home to some of Ohio’s most gracious gardens. Explore a sampling during the Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights Garden Tour on Sunday, June 16, and related events that weekend -- one of many great opportunities to connect with the past at Ohio History Connection 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 Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 2013 • Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m.
Gracious Gardens Fair
Featuring bluegrass music, food trucks, garden antiques, beekeeping, organic herbs, perennials, rare trees and artisan crafts.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 • 6-10 p.m.
Twilight in the Garden Party
Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, Raise the Paddle, live music and dancing at a private mansion in Shaker Heights, benefiting Shaker Historical Museum.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m., Rain or Shine
Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights Garden Tour
Tour eight gardens in historic Shaker Heights and get ideas for your own garden paradise. See swimming pools, pool houses, unusual plants, secret gardens and charming patios.

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 History Connection traveling exhibit Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later.

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.

Sunday, June 2, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Lou Schultz Lecture: The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier
Hear collector and historian Lou Schultz discuss the crucial role that areas of Ohio, Michigan and Canada bordering Lake Erie played in the War of 1812.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Be a Family Detective: Genealogy for Kids
This genealogy adventure takes youngsters in grade four and above on a quest using books, the Internet, cemeteries and three-dimensional objects.

Wednesdays June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7 and 21, 2013 • 6:45-8 p.m.
Verandah Concerts
Enjoy free concerts on the lawn of the Hayes home, sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union. June 12: Fostoria Community Band. June 26: Honey Creek Preservation Band. Bring a chair or blanket.

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, June 14, 2013 • 6-9 p.m. (Reservations required by June 7)
• The date of this event has changed from Friday, May 31, 2013
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, Zoar

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.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Schoolhouse, 221 E. 4th St., Zoar Village, Zoar

Saturdays in Zoar Free Speaker Series: Civil War Cavalry Maneuvers
See the 6th Ohio Cavalry demonstrate Civil War cavalry maneuvers.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Blacksmith Shop, E. 1st St., Zoar
Beginning Blacksmith Class
Discover the history of blacksmithing and learn the basics by forging a hook and a nail.

Saturday, June 22, 2013 • 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Zoar
Village, Zoar
Zoar Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Get a look behind the scenes on a special tour of attics, cellars and privately owned buildings rarely seen by visitors to Zoar.

At Flint Ridge State Memorial Park, Heath

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.

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.

At Fort Laurens, Bolivar

Saturday, June 1, 2013 • 10 a.m.
Calligraphy Workshop

At the Harding Home, Marion

Saturday, June 1, 2013 • 10 a.m.-Noon
Laddie Boy and Friends
Meet furry friends from the Marion County Humane Society and learn about the antics of President Harding’s Airedale terrier, Laddie Boy, plus other pets who’ve called the White House home.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Program at 7 p.m.
Beyond the Oval Office
Sample strawberry shortcake, one of President Harding’s favorite treats, hear about life in the White House in 1921, and see objects newly on display that the Hardings used there.

Register Now and Save the Date!
Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, 2013
Fourth Annual Harding Symposium: Scandals and the Presidency
featuring former White House counsel John Dean and historian James Robenalt.

At Century Village (Fryer Park), 3899 Orders Road, Grove City

Saturday, June 1, 2013 • 11 a.m.
Ohio Village Muffins 1860s Base Ball

At Custer Memorial Park, New Rumley

Saturday, June 1, 2013 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Custer Observance Day
Meet Gen. George Armstrong Custer and Civil War soldiers and see cannon-firing and Gatling gun demonstrations.

At Fort Ancient, near Oregonia

Saturday, June 1, 2013 • Archaeology Day Noon-4 p.m.; Artifact I.D. 12:30-3 p.m.
Archaeology Day and Artifact I.D.
Use an atlatl to throw a spear, play double ball, dress up in 18th-century regalia or touch a 5,000-year-old artifact. Experts will be on hand to discuss archaeological artifacts you bring.

Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 2013 • Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m

Fort Ancient Celebration
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Saturday, June 15, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Birds, Bugs & Insects
Wander the one-mile Earthworks Trail with a naturalist who’ll point out a variety of birds and insects.

Saturday, June 22, 2013 • Gate opens at 5:30 a.m.
Sunrise Summer Solstice
See how Fort Ancient aligns with the sunrise on the longest day of summer and learn about the importance of the earthworks to the Fort Ancient and Hopewell cultures.

At Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, near Urbana

Sunday, June 2, 2013 • 1-3 p.m.
Orchid Walk

Saturday, June 22, 2013 • 5-7 p.m.
Summer Solstice
Family event with activities and vendors.

At Fort Recovery State Museum, Fort Recovery

Sunday, June 2, 2013 • Noon-4 p.m.
Artifact Show, Exhibit Dedication and Speaker Karim Tiro

Saturday, June 29 • 8:30 a.m.
St. Clair 5K Challenge

At Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Sundays June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4, 2013 • 2 p.m.
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 June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11, 2013 • 2-4 p.m.
Children’s Series
Discover a different topic related to 19th-century life each month, focusing on hands-on activities.

Sundays June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18, 2013 • 2-4 p.m.
Concert Series
Enjoy a different local music group each month.

At Schiller Park, S. Third and Reinhard Sts., Columbus (German Village)

Sunday, June 2, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Ohio Village Muffins 1860s Base Ball

At Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

Wednesday, June 5, through Friday, June 28, 2013
Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later
See the Ohio History Connection traveling exhibit Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later.

At the Ohio River Museum, Marietta

Friday, June 7, 2013 • Noon-1 p.m.
Brown Baggin’ Through History: Mel Hankla as George Rogers Clark
See Mel Hankla bring Revolutionary War military leader George Rogers Clark to life.

At Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, near Cincinnati

Saturday, June 8, 2013 • Three games, beginning at 10 a.m.
Queen City Classic
Ohio Village Muffins 1860s Base Ball

At Fort Meigs, Perrysburg

Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 2013 • 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days
Muster on the Maumee
See 10 centuries of soldiers and witness the evolution from Roman legions to the modern military, including Vikings, medieval knights, soldiers of the American Revolution, Napoleonic troops, World War I doughboys and World War II GIs. Tour period camps, see weapons demonstrations, watch as craftsmen and artisans demonstrate their skills, browse period merchants offering a wide selection of goods and stop by the USO canteen for lunch!

At Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia

Saturday, June 15 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Schoenbrunn Children’s Day
Visit Schoenbrunn and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities, crafts and demonstrations including Moravian star making, woodworking and candle dipping.

At Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua

Saturday, June 15, 2013 • Noon-5 p.m.
Family Day
Enjoy games and activities of the past and learn how an early Ohio family lived. Visit the Historic Indian and Canal Museum, tour the Johnston home and take a ride on the Miami and Erie Canal aboard a 19th-century-style mule-drawn canal boat.

At North Columbus Sports, Ridgeview Middle School, 4241 Rudy Road, Columbus

Saturday, June 15, 2013 • Noon
Ohio Village Muffins 1860s Base Ball

At Fort Amanda, near Wapakoneta

Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19, 2013 • 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Life at Fort Amanda in 1812
Seven-to-14 year olds will enjoy learning about life at Fort Amanda and the skills needed to survive in frontier Ohio. Find out what people wore, what they ate and help cook an authentic meal over a campfire.

At Wahkeena Nature Preserve, near Lancaster

Saturdays June 22 and July 27, 2013 • 10 a.m.
Nature Activity: Crafty Kids
Get your creative juices flowing with some fun nature crafts!

Sundays, June 23 and July 14, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Nature Walk: Focus on Ferns
Join a naturalist to explore Wahkeena’s 29 different types of ferns.

At Galion Middle School, 200 W. Walnut St., Galion

Sunday, June 23, 2013 • Noon: Lady Diamonds • 2 p.m.: Ohio Village Muffins
Ohio Village Muffins and Lady Diamonds Vintage Base Ball

At Berne Union Elementary School, 506 N. Main St., Sugar Grove near Lancaster

Saturday, June 29, 2013 • 1-3 p.m.
Ohio Village Muffins 1860s Base Ball


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


Enjoy Many More Events in Coming Weeks at Ohio History Connection Sites


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

For more upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

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