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January 31, 2014
Photo of a detail of the painting “Ruins of Carthage” by African American artist Robert S. Duncanson, from the Ohio History Connection’s fine art collection.Photo of a poster for the “Created Equal” film series.Photo of the Lustron porcelain-enameled steel house in the Ohio History Center exhibit “1950s: Building the American Dream.”Photo of Alice Dunbar Nelson, subject of February’s Echoes in Time Theatre performances at the Ohio History Center museum in Columbus.Wedding photo from the Ohio History Connection’s Adams Family Collection.Photo of a 19th-century illustration of William McKinley, later President of the United States.Photo of a detail of the kitchen of the Lustron house in the Ohio History Center exhibit “1950s: Building the American Dream.”Photo of visitors playing a record, “The Biggest Hits of ’56,” in the living room of the Lustron house featured in the Ohio History Center exhibit “1950s: Building the American Dream.”Photo of a detail of an exhibit about the history of the White Castle hamburger chain, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of the Conway Mastodon skeleton at the Ohio History Center museum in Columbus.Photo of a boy holding a mastodon bone at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of a 1907 Ahrens horse-drawn fire engine built in Cincinnati and used in Canal Dover (now Dover), Ohio, on exhibit at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
At the Center
Black History Month
and More

See thought-provoking films on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, hear stories of some African American history-makers who’ve called Ohio home, explore great exhibits like 1950s: Building the American Dream and enjoy special weekend activities for the whole family at the Ohio History Center in February.

Enjoy the following programs free with Ohio History Center museum admission (Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission). Each program lasts about 40 minutes. Attend just one or spend the day or weekend! Questions? Call 800.686.6124.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 • 12:30 p.m.
Curator Talk
Robert Duncanson: “The Best Landscape Painter in the West”
Join Curator Emily Lang to learn about the life of prominent Hudson River School painter Robert Duncanson. Born to freed former slaves in 1821, Duncanson built his career in Cincinnati. Quickly rising to fame, he was one of the finest landscape painters in the country during the mid-1800s. Hear about his struggles and triumphs during his 30-year career and see examples of his artwork from the Ohio History Connection’s fine arts collection.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Created Equal Film Series: Freedom Riders
This film offers an inside look at a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, when a brave band of activists challenged segregation in the Deep South. (2011, 120 minutes)

Saturdays Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2014 • Noon
Redlining and Restrictive Deeds
After World War II, large numbers of homes were built for returning soldiers and their families. Learn how redlining and restrictive deeds made it more difficult for some, especially minorities, to get housing.

Saturdays Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2014 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes In Time Theatre
Alice Dunbar Nelson: Poet, Journalist, Political Activist
Among the first generation of African Americans born in the South after the Civil War, Alice graduated from college in 1892 and taught for six years. Editing the women’s page of a New Orleans paper in her free time, she began publishing her poetry and short stories at age 20. In 1895 she began a correspondence with Paul Laurence Dunbar; they married and moved to Washington, D.C. They came from very different racial experiences: light skin had often allowed her to "pass" and go places where he couldn’t. Krysteen Hammond of Columbus portrays Alice Dunbar Nelson in this one-woman performance.

Saturdays Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.
Inventors and Their Inventions
Think you know your inventors? Test your skills in our card game — match African American inventors to their inventions! All ages are welcome to participate.

Saturdays Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2014 • 2:30 p.m.
Adams Family Collection
Even the average Ohio family has a unique story to tell. Put your detective skills to the test: look through archival boxes to see what you can learn about one such family’s daily life! This program is open to sleuths of all ages.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Created Equal Film Series: The Loving Story
Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia. (2011, 77 minutes)

Sundays Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2014 • 1 p.m.
Staff Pick: Civil War Flags
See the real flags of two African American units in the Civil War — the Black Brigade of Cincinnati and the 5th U.S. Colored Troops — and learn more about the stories behind them.

Sundays Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Staff Pick: Larry Doby
Jackie Robinson may have broken the color barrier in professional baseball, but he didn’t do it alone. Join one of our history interpreters to learn a little about Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League.

Sundays Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2014 • 3 p.m.
Adams Family Collection
Even the average Ohio family has a unique story to tell. Put your detective skills to the test: look through archival boxes to see what you can learn about one such family’s daily life! This program is open to sleuths of all ages.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 • 12:30 p.m.
Curator Talk
The Mills Brothers
Join Curator Matt Benz for a musical and visual survey of the Mills Brothers, the popular African American jazz and pop singing group that hailed from Piqua, Ohio. Listen to a selection of their hit recordings and examine archival materials from the Ohio History Connection’s collections, including original recordings such as 78s, 45s and LPs, photographs, letters and ephemera. Learn about one of the most popular and groundbreaking American singing groups of the 20th century.

Saturdays Feb. 8, 15 and 22, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Created Equal Film Series: The Loving Story
Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia. (2011, 77 minutes)

Sundays Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Created Equal Film Series: Freedom Riders
This film offers an inside look at a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, when a brave band of activists challenged segregation in the Deep South. (2011, 120 minutes)

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 • 12:30 p.m.
Curator Talk
Before They Were President
Join Visual Resources Curator Lisa Wood to see a selection of photographs picturing Ohio’s eight presidents in their early years, in honor of Presidents Day.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 • 12:30 p.m.
Curator Talk
Eagles on Their Buttons: African American Service in the Civil War and World War I
Join manuscript curator and military historian John Haas to learn more about Ohio’s African American soldiers. From the 5th United States Colored Troops of the Civil War to the 9th Battalion of the Ohio National Guard in World War I, African American Ohioans have bravely served.

Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday Noon–4 p.m.
1950s Family Weekend: Science Fiction
Visit the hands-on exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream and enjoy special 1950s science-fiction-themed activities throughout both days.

 

More Upcoming Programs

Genealogy Workshops

• Genealogy Workshops are offered in partnership by the Ohio History Connection, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 • 10 a.m.–Noon
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus
Genealogy Tutorials Online
Enhance your genealogy research skills by learning how to use Columbus Metropolitan Library’s free online classes and tutorials. Free. Advance registration recommended. 614.645.2275 or www.columbuslibrary.org/events.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
Digitizing Your Family History
Pictures, pixels, memory cards, storage: what do you do with all those great digital memories? Get an introduction to digitization for family historians. Learn how to select a scanner, basic scanning techniques and how to choose software for managing your digital images. We’ll emphasize best practices for digitization, including evaluating copyright and developing back-up procedures for long-term storage. $20, $15/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration recommended. 614.297.2510 or www.ohiohistory.org/genealogy.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 • 10 a.m.–Noon
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus
Find Your Irish Ancestors Online
Do you have the Luck o’ the Irish in you? Learn how to find your Irish ancestors online. Free. Advance registration recommended. 614.645.2275 or www.columbuslibrary.org/events.

Candlelight Dinners

Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, 2014 • 6:30–9:30 p.m.
From the Pubs of Ireland
Enjoy a hearty Irish pub meal followed by a rollicking evening of Irish melodies, humorous drinking songs and a wee bit of Irish wit and wisdom, all by the Ohio Village Singers. $60, $50/Ohio History Connection member. Cash bar available. Advance registration required by March 10, 2014. Seating is limited — it’s not too soon to register! Click here to register online or call 800.686.1541.

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

1950s: Building the American Dream

Faces of Appalachia: Photographs by Albert J. Ewing

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.

Transformation
Explore the stories of five objects and how mere “things” can bring about transformation and change, from life to death, from unknown to famous, from existing to extinct. Click here to learn more.

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 History Connection 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.


Hold Your Wedding or Reception at the Ohio History Center or Ohio Village
Book today –– visit www.ohiohistory.org/facility or call 800.646.5184 to learn more.