Last chance! exhibit closing december 30, 2016

As the year comes to a close we’d like to take the time to inform you of the upcoming plans for the new year. On December 30 our museum will be closing, so make sure you come visit us! This is not to say that things are ending, but rather just beginning. Come 2017, the Columbus Historical Society will be moving! Our move is being made in conjunction with COSI’s new partnership with the American Museum of Natural History which will utilize the existing Columbus Historical Society space as part of a plan to bring two new exhibition areas to COSI; an American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery anda museum Exhibition Gallery. With a new year comes a new space, and new exciting programs. We aim to focus on more programs, and are excited to tell you more about them come early 2017.

In the practice of moving forward the Columbus Historical Society will have a new space for our exhibit. Details of our new location will be in upcoming newsletters. To stay up to date with our move and other changes we encourage you to sign up for our monthly newsletter.
We look forward to sharing more with you about our move and new programs. 


Columbus Historical Society at COSI (map)
333 W. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Please check the COSI website for the most updated parking information.

Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories celebrates the history, culture, stories, and achievements of the first Ohio public housing for the African American community from 1940-1960s.

The village was named after Revered James Preston Poindexter, who was a conductor of the Underground Railroad, served as clergyman at the Second Baptist Church in Columbus for 40 years. A barber by profession, he was also the first African American to serve on Columbus City Council and on the Columbus Board of Education.

A featured artist in the exhibition is Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, whose folk art  living art relays history and stories living in Poindexter Village during the 1940s and 50s. She also documents her love for the Columbus East Side community in her books A Street Called Home and Symphonic Poem.

presenting sponsor:

in partnership with:

poindexter exhibition planning committee:

  • Calvin Hairston and Sandra Jamison - Coalition for Responsible & Sustainable Development for the Near East Side
  • Jeffrey Lafever - Columbus Historical Society
  • Robert Bitzenhofer - Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Reita Smith and Bettye Stull - Greater Columbus Council of Elders
  • Sandra Jamison, Reita Smith, Bettye Stull and Julialynne Walker - James Preston Poindexter Foundation
  • Karen Robertson - Ohio History Connection
  • Allen Coleman, H. Ike Okafor-Newsum and Patrick Potyondy - The Ohio State University
  • Sandra Jamison - Second Baptist Church

Project Facilitator: Deidre Hamlar
Curator: Bettye Stull
Curator of Manuscripts: Karen Robertson
Program Coordinator: Julialynne Walker
Exhibit Designer: Cirqua Studios
Graphic Designer: 3 Sisters Graphics

Meeting Space Provided By: The Ohio State University African American and African Studies Community Extension Center



Columbus Historical Society at COSI (map)
333 W. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Please check the COSI website for the most updated parking information.


For the last 100 years, the American Red Cross has been there for people in the Central Ohio area during the moments when they needed us. Since our chapter was chartered in 1916, we have helped millions of people affected by local disasters including home fires, floods, tornadoes and seasonal emergencies. From health and safety classes, to lifesaving blood collection and support of military members, their families and veterans, the Red Cross has helped make our community safer and more prepared for what may come in the next 100 years.

In 1916, with the U.S. poised to join “the war to end all wars”, concerned members of the community met and chartered the Columbus Chapter of the American Red Cross on July 13.  They wanted to ensure that Central Ohio was ready to help the country in conflict, as well as during peacetime. Throughout 2016, as we commemorate the Red Cross of Central Ohio’s many accomplishments, we also celebrate the future plans for making our communities stronger and more resilient over the next 100 years. 

We invite you to share in the celebration by visiting the American Red Cross of Central Ohio: A Century of Service exhibit at the Columbus Historical Society located within COSI.  The exhibit runs will be open from September 24, 2016-December 30, 2016.  Join us during the 2016 Red Cross Centennial: Volunteer, Donate, Celebrate!