1950s: Building the American Dream
Genealogy Workshops
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October 2, 2013
1851 map of the Ohio State Fairgrounds from the Ohio State Journal.
Online Edition
Read the Ohio State Journal
of 1832-1879 Online

Current-day newspapers aren't the only ones going online. Now you can read news of 1832 to 1879 online in one of Ohio's leading newspapers of the era: the Ohio State Journal, a 19th-century predecessor of the 20th-century Columbus Citizen-Journal.

Scholars, students and genealogists value the Ohio State Journal as one of the best sources on 19th-century Ohio politics, as well as on local events and people.

A $53,825 Library Services and Technology Act grant from the State Library of Ohio is enabling the Ohio History Connection to microfilm and digitize the Ohio State Journal from 1832 to 1979 and make it available free online.


Photo of Ohio History Connection Curator of Archaeology Brad Lepper with World Heritage meeting participants at Newark Earthworks.
Experts Convene in Ohio
Meeting Advances
World Heritage List Nomination

National and international experts and local representatives were invited to meet in Ohio Aug. 18–20, 2013, to discuss technical aspects of preparing the nomination of a number of Ohio sites collectively known as the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Administered by the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization, or UNESCO, the World Heritage List is an official roster of properties associated with the world’s cultural and natural heritage that the World Heritage Committee regards as having outstanding universal value. Currently there are 981 properties worldwide on the list, among them the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Acropolis, Chartres Cathedral and Stonehenge.

Photo of Megan Wood as a 1950s Civil Defense Officer in the October 2013 Echoes in Time Theatre production
At the Center
October Preview

Learn how to Duck and Cover; meet Miss America 1963; explore a real porcelain-enameled steel Lustron house of the 1950s; see inspiring films about living with disabilities; and examine how objects bring about transformation, all at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village in coming weeks.

Photo of a family exploring Ohio Village on All Hallows’ Eve.
Things That Go Bump
in the Night
From A to Z

It’s Halloween (or soon will be)! Check out these Halloween-themed special events at Ohio History Connection sites, from All Hallows’ Eve to Zoar Ghost Tours.

Photo of earthen embankments at Fort Ancient with a sign reading “Prehistoric Earthworks. Please Keep Off.”
Autumn Road Trip
Ancient Fort?

On I-71 in southwest Ohio’s Warren County, there’s a spot where the road crosses a bridge high above the Little Miami River and a spectacular vista unfolds in all directions. On a wooded hilltop to the east, overlooking the bridge and valley, is one of Ohio’s largest and most intriguing ancient earthworks: Fort Ancient.

Photo of the Ohio Historical Marker at Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries and Nature Preserve in Licking County, site of the Second Annual Bluegrass Ka-Bash October 5, 2013.
Featured Events
October Outings

Tap your foot to live bluegrass; shop colonial vendors; boat on the old Miami and Erie Canal; take in fall colors in Ohio’s Hill Country; visit a Civil War iron-making complex; or consult with our old-building experts, all at Ohio History Connection sites and related venues in October!