Hank Gowdy: From the World Series to the World War and Back
Mar
30
9:30 AM09:30

Hank Gowdy: From the World Series to the World War and Back

  • Westerville Library, Meeting Room A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join retired OSU Assistant Dean Jim Tootle for a fascinating look into the life of Columbus sports legend Hank Gowdy. Co-Hosted by the Hank Gowdy Chapter, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

In the prime of his successful baseball career, the hero of the 1914 World Series became the first Major League player to volunteer for military service when the U.S. entered World War I in 1917.  Dr. Tootle will share stories of Gowdy’s decision to enlist, his combat service in France, his return to his baseball career as a player and coach after the war, and his remarkable re-enlistment at age 52 when the U.S. entered World War II, becoming the only Major Leaguer to serve in both World Wars.

The event is free but registration is required.

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Special Open House: Central Ohio Historical Societies Night Out
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Special Open House: Central Ohio Historical Societies Night Out

Please join the Columbus Historical Society for a free special exhibit open house for members and staff from our fellow historical societies in the region. We are currently showcasing nine exhibits related to World War I, including four focused specifically on the impact of the conflict on postwar Columbus. We are taking this opportunity to invite you to stop by and check them out when our curators will be there to show you around.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please send your RSVP to info@columbushistory.org

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Franklin Art Glass Guided Tour
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Franklin Art Glass Guided Tour

Join owner Gary Helf on a behind-the-scenes tour of Franklin Art Glass Studios. You’ll learn about its history, its most famous projects, and the kinds of work it does today. Join us for a rare opportunity to see into this gem of a local business in Columbus!

Cost: $10/person

Sold Out!

Join the waitlist by emailing us your name, phone number, and how many tickets you would be interested in at info@columbushistory.org.  Should any tickets become available, we will contact you at the number you provide.

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WWI Exhibits: Curator Tours
Feb
17
12:30 PM12:30

WWI Exhibits: Curator Tours

Join Co-Curators Julie Mujic and Jason Engle for an inside perspective on the making of Columbus Historical Society’s WWI Exhibits. They will provide additional insights and answer questions. Come for the first time or come visit again!

No RSVPs needed! Stop by anytime between 12:30 and 4:00.

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History of Capital Punishment & the Electric Chair in Ohio
Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

History of Capital Punishment & the Electric Chair in Ohio

  • Upper Arlington Main Library, Friends Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a presentation given by local historian Tom Lane on the history of capital punishment in Ohio. This presentation will focus on the use of the electric chair from 1897-1963 and some of the 315 inmates who died in it.

 

About the Presenter:

Tom Lane is a long-time volunteer at the Mansfield Reformatory and was one of the people responsible for replacing the replica of the State of Ohio Electric Chair with the original State of Ohio Electric Chair in the Ohio Penal Museum in Mansfield. Over the past four years he has been researching the State of Ohio Electric Chair and its historical use.

The event is free but registration is required.

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Prohibition Turns 100! What Was The United States Thinking?!
Jan
15
to Jan 16

Prohibition Turns 100! What Was The United States Thinking?!

Join Columbus Historical Society and the Central Ohio Bottle Club for a fun of night of drinks, trivia, and conversation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment that kicked of Prohibition. Dr. David Steigerwald from Ohio State’s History Department will join us for a brief talk about the history of Prohibition and then we will enjoy some drinking trivia at the Hey Hey Bar & Grill, a Columbus tavern that was a speakeasy during Prohibition.

No reservations are required!

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