What Is Conestoga?

Conestoga was established in 1986 to enhance community support for the Ohio History Connection. To date, its members have raised over $500,000 for the society. Conestoga members can participate in a wide variety of Conestoga logosocial and educational events, such as:

  • Guided tours of historical sites and museums around Ohio;
  • Behind-the-scenes private tours and lectures;
  • Membership in the Ohio History Connection, including free admission to all of the Society’s historical sites and a subscription to the Society's award-winning magazine TIMELINE; and
  • Discounts at the Ohio History Stores, to name a few.

Conestoga welcomes members of all ages and interests. Membership currently costs $100 for a single membership and $150 for a couple membership. Dues include admission to all regularly scheduled Conestoga social events and educational programs, as well as all the benefits of the OHS History Lover membership.

As a support group, Conestoga plans and organizes fundraising activities, such as tours of historic Central Ohio homes, to raise money for the Ohio History Connection. Opportunities for involvement are plentiful and varied.

Conestoga members can also elect to purchase optional bus trips to historical sites. These travel packages are not included in Conestoga’s membership dues.

For information on how to join Conestoga, please contact Cynthia Vilardo, OHS Membership Coordinator, at 800.686.1545 or


Conestoga Programs for 2013-2014

September 22, 2013, 4 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
Lecture: "What Keeps Burt Awake at Night?"

Under Burt Logan’s leadership, exciting events are taking place at OHS. OHS’ executive director and CEO will share what goals he has for the future … as well as what “challenges” keep him awake at night. Following his talk, there will be a “behind the scenes tour” of the recently opened exhibit titled 1950s:  Building the American Dream. Free.

September 26, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Bus Tour: Rookwood Pottery and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Participants will travel by bus from the Ohio History Center to Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati for a tour of the facility. The second stop will be the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for lunch and a tour before returning to Columbus. Cost:  $40 per person.

October 13, 2013, 2 p.m.
Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus, 43214
Lecture: "1866--A Surgeon's Look Back on Medical Care During the Civil War"

Dr. Dave McMahon goes back in time to share the life of a surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War. In this reenactment, he will share the medical equipment and approach army surgeons used to care for the thousands of sick and wounded soldiers, as well as the overall changes to medicine resulting from this conflict. Free.

November 10, 2013, 4 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
Lecture: "Teaching History by Living History"

In 2012, Joe Foster made a little history of his own when he was named the Ohio History Teacher of the Year. His students are as used to taking notes as they are to learning around the campfire or preserving history around the country. He’ll share some of the “winning” ways he has learned in more than 14 years of teaching high school students. Free.

December 4, 2013, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner
The Boat House at Confluence Park

Conestoga Holiday Party

A beautiful view of the downtown Columbus skyline, coupled with a fine dinner and the good cheer of those in attendance, will make this a very special event for all Conestoga members. Free.

January 9, 2014, 4 p.m.
Fawcett Center for Tomorrow, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, 43210
Lecture: "WOSU Public Media -- The Home of Downton Abbey ... and So Much More!"

WOSU’s history in Columbus extends for more than nine decades. Under the leadership of Tom Rieland, WOSU Public Media has established itself as a major force in public broadcasting for such innovative undertakings as the award-winning “Columbus Neighborhoods” documentary series. Come join Tom for an interesting conversation about the past, present and future of WOSU Public Media — plus a look at the radio studios. Free.

February 2014
Bus Tour: Details to be Announced

Join with your fellow Conestoga members and beat the winter blahs!

March 23, 2014, 4 p.m.
Thompson Library at Ohio State University, 1858 Neil Ave., Columbus, 43210
Lecture: "Magic To Do -- Technologies of Theatre"

This program by Beth Kattelman looks at the role technology plays in the backstage events that go into theatre production. It includes demonstrations of some historic theatrical technologies, such as a working model of a 17th century theatre and an interactive display featuring magic lantern projections. Exhibits show how costuming, lighting and special effects are combining creativity and technology to bring a new dimension to theatre audiences. Free.

April 2014
Annual Conestoga Spring Fundraiser

Date, time, and location to be announced.

June 2014
Annual Conestoga Celebration, Meeting, and Picnic

Date, time, and location to be announced.