Annual Meeting/Pioneers to Rioteers, A Stroll Through History with CHS President Mike Frush
Jun
7
6:45 PM18:45

Annual Meeting/Pioneers to Rioteers, A Stroll Through History with CHS President Mike Frush

The Columbus Historical Society will hold a brief annual meeting for members at 6:45 PM.  Immediately following the annual meeting, the public is invited to join CHS at 7 pm for Pioneers to Rioteers, A Stroll Through History with CHS President Mike Frush.  Frush will help guests experience history as it happened through the letters, documents, newspapers and maps in his collection. Find out what the youngest signer of the U.S. Constitution had to do with Ohio. Visit with Rufus Putnam as he is planning the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory at Marietta. Discover which Columbus civil war camp was named for a famous author.  Read about the events of the day Lincoln’s funeral train came to town.  Hear what Rutherford B. Hayes thought about being nominated for the Presidency.  See why William Tecumseh Sherman’s lesser known brother was just as important to the history of this country.  Experience what Mayor Sensenbrenner did during the 1970 OSU riots.  Meeting and program will be held at the auditorium of the downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 South Grant Avenue.

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"Bringing the Bodies Back: How Americans Dealt with Post-World War I Realities"
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

"Bringing the Bodies Back: How Americans Dealt with Post-World War I Realities"

Dr. Budreau will present the keynote address for Columbus Historical Society's World War I program. This is the saga of the war dead and the efforts of the living to honor their heroes. It’s a staggering, often-macabre tale steeped in the pathos and human drama of a democratic nation struggling to find meaning in the aftermath of World War I. Dr. Budreau will unravel the political and social dynamics of this venture as they unfolded from 1919 until the early 1930s and explore the development of the heritage landscapes that men created in an attempt to remember the apocalypse of their era.

The event is free, but registration is required.

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For additional information regarding our WWI exhibits and events, visit here.

THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY OHIO HUMANITIES, A STATE AFFILIATE OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES.  ANY VIEWS, FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, OR RECOMMENDATIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS PROGRAM DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES.

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Billy Ireland and World War I
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Billy Ireland and World War I

Billy Ireland, the cartoonist for the Columbus Dispatch from 1898 until his death in 1935, had a weekly illustrated Sunday commentary page titled “The Passing Show,” which both reflected and influenced public opinion in our community. Lucy Shelton Caswell, Ireland's biographer and founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, will show examples of "The Passing Show" from 1914-18 that document life in Columbus during World War I. The event, which is being co-sponsored by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, will be held at the auditorium of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 South Grant Avenue.

The event is free, but registration is required.

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Photo: Milton Caniff Collection, The Ohio State University, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

 

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Discussion: "Columbus WWI Landmarks and Artifacts: Local Historians Consider WWI's Memory at the Centennial"
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Discussion: "Columbus WWI Landmarks and Artifacts: Local Historians Consider WWI's Memory at the Centennial"

Panel Moderator: Dr. Megan Threlkeld, Denison University
Panelists: Nancy Recchie, Jeff Darbee, Barbara Powers, and Dennis Keesee

More information and registration coming soon! For additional information regarding our WWI exhibits and events, visit here.

THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY OHIO HUMANITIES, A STATE AFFILIATE OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES.  ANY VIEWS, FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, OR RECOMMENDATIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS PROGRAM DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES.

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The Ancient American Indian Mounds of Central Ohio
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Ancient American Indian Mounds of Central Ohio

Brad Lepper, curator of archeology at the Ohio History Connection, will speak on the topic of central Ohio earthworks at the Shrum mound in Campbell Memorial Park, 3200 McKinley Avenue. Lepper, who writes a monthly archeology column in the Columbus Dispatch, will talk about the Shrum mound, which is named for the family who occupied the property for generations, the massive mound that stood at the current intersection of Mound and High streets when Columbus was settled and other ancient earthworks in the area, including those near Newark. He will also talk about the Adena culture which is responsible for them. He is the author of the book, Ohio Archaeology: an illustrated chronicle of Ohio's ancient American Indian cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. Attendees are invited to bring foldup chairs to the program.

The event is free, but registration is required.

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Ohio’s Black Hand Syndicate, The Birth of Organized Crime in America
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Ohio’s Black Hand Syndicate, The Birth of Organized Crime in America

Organized crime was born in the back of a fruit store in Marion, Ohio. Before America saw headlines about the Capone Mob, the Purple Gang and Murder Inc., the specter of the Black Hand terrorized nearly every major city. In Columbus, the police were determined to prevent the Mafia from gaining a foothold, and authors David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker will explore that and other aspects of the story found their new book, Ohio’s Black Hand Syndicate: The Birth of Organized Crime in America. The authors will sell and sign their book afterwards.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.  After registering, if you later find you are unable to attend, please cancel or let us know at info@columbushistory.org so that individuals on the waitlist can be notified.

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Sold Out: Palace Theatre Tour on May 2
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Sold Out: Palace Theatre Tour on May 2

Todd Bemis, CAPA’s vice president of operations, will give an in-depth tour of the historic Palace Theatre, which opened on November, 8, 1926, as a Keith-Albee vaudeville house. Tours are limited to 25 persons, so the tour will be offered on successive nights.  Please only register if you are certain you can attend as seating is very limited.  If you later find you are unable to attend, please let us know at info@columbushistory.org so that individuals on the waitlist can be notified.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is very limited.

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Sold Out: Palace Theatre Tour on May 1
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Sold Out: Palace Theatre Tour on May 1

Todd Bemis, CAPA’s vice president of operations, will give an in-depth tour of the historic Palace Theatre, which opened on November, 8, 1926, as a Keith-Albee vaudeville house. Tours are limited to 25 persons, so the tour will be offered on successive nights.  Please only register if you are certain you can attend as seating is very limited.  If you later find you are unable to attend, please let us know at info@columbushistory.org so that individuals on the waitlist can be notified.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is very limited.

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Buckeye Steel Exhibit Open House
Apr
20
5:30 PM17:30

Buckeye Steel Exhibit Open House

In conjunction with our Buckeye Steel event on April 5, Columbus Historical Society is putting together an exhibit of artifacts collected from the plant before its demolition. The exhibit will be open to the public starting April 20 and we will host an Open House that evening to kick off the exhibit. Please join us! Light refreshments will be served. After this Open House, the exhibit will be available during regular exhibit hours. Come check out what we've been up to!

This event is free and reservations are not required.

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POSTPONED-Cromwell Dixon, Columbus’ First Professional Aviator
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

POSTPONED-Cromwell Dixon, Columbus’ First Professional Aviator

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A DATE TBD.  WE WILL BE CERTAIN TO ANNOUNCE WHEN WE HAVE A NEW DATE.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

CHS board member and author Richard Barrett will speak on Dixon at the Columbus Historical Society. Dixon, who was born in California but moved to Columbus with his widowed mother as the age of two, became interested in airships (which we would call blimps today) at the age of twelve. He flew his first one in 1907 at the age of fourteen, and was employed to perform at fairs and other events after that. He continued flying airships until 1911 when he became interested in heavier-than–air aircraft. After taking flying lessons, he became an exhibition pilot for the Curtiss Exhibition Co. His flying took him from Maryland to Washington. While performing at the Montana State Fair he became the first person to fly an airplane over the Continental Divide. Dixon was killed in a crash at age nineteen.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.

Photo of Cromwell Dixon from the Dick Stettler Photo Collection.

 

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Remembering Buckeye Steel Castings
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Remembering Buckeye Steel Castings

The old steel plant that has been both a long-time neighbor and provider for generations on the city’s south side will be torn down in late March and a group of  long-time employees will share their memories of the plant and of their co-workers.  Retired Ohio State history professor Mansel G. Blackford, who researched and wrote the book A Portrait Cast in Steel about the history of the plant in 1982, will moderate the discussion. The company’s lineage can be traced back to the Murray-Hayden foundry that produced malleable iron products in a downtown building beginning in 1881, but it got its start west of Parsons Avenue in 1899 when Wilbur Godspeed and T.P. Linn purchased thirty acres for the construction of a modern steel plant. By 1902, the plant was producing steel, which it did in various forms until its successor Columbus Castings closed in August, 2016. The plant had eight hundred employees when it closed, but its workforce exceeded 2,000 in the 1950s. The event will be held at the auditorium of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 South Grant Avenue. Parking is available in the library’s underground garage (first hour free). 

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SOLD OUT-Lost Restaurants of Central Ohio and Columbus
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT-Lost Restaurants of Central Ohio and Columbus

Christine Hayes and Doug Motz, co-authors of the popular Lost Restaurants of Columbus, Ohio, will give a talk about their new book at the Columbus Historical Society. Hayes and Motz will discuss many go-to restaurants that have passed from the local dining scene, including eighteen destination restaurants in fifteen surrounding towns that are chronicled in their newest work. They will have books for sale to sign afterwards.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.

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SOLD OUT-Secret Columbus: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT-Secret Columbus: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Author Anietra Hamper used her background as a former television investigative journalist to dig up fascinating information about Columbus for her new book. Where can you find a grave of specimens from an insane asylum? How about some relics from the old National Road or the rarest smelly flower in the world? Hamper will help us uncover new truths about places we thought we knew, talk about her research journey and share some of her findings in a talk in at the Columbus Historical Society, 717 West Town Street. She will have books to sell and sign afterwards.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.

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SOLD OUT-Tour of Smith Brothers Hardware Company Building
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT-Tour of Smith Brothers Hardware Company Building

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Todd Kemmerer, founding principal of Capitol Equities, will discuss and talk about the renovation of the historic property at 580 North Fourth Street. The 200,000 square foot building was constructed in 1929. The company was founded in Delaware, Ohio, in 1878 by John H. and Thomas F. Smith, and moved to Columbus in 1891. Smith Brothers was the largest hardware supplier in the Midwest during the 1910s. It ceased operations in 1983. Capitol Equities orchestrated and oversaw the redevelopment of the then-vacant building in 1997 with the renovation planned around keeping the building’s original historic value and incorporating new technology. It opened to its first office tenant in 1998 and has been 100 percent occupied consistently since its redevelopment. Visitors will be given a tour of the building and will reconvene in the lobby for a question and answer session before having an opportunity to go up to the Juniper, the new rooftop bar, restaurant and event space with a view of downtown Columbus, afterwards. Free on-site parking is available for the event after 5 p.m. in even numbered spaces in the adjoining lot. 

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Suspicious Neighbors: OSU and Columbus in the Turbulent Sixties
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Suspicious Neighbors: OSU and Columbus in the Turbulent Sixties

Author William Shkurti will speak on the evolving relationship between the Columbus community and Ohio State University. Shkurti, adjunct professor in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at OSU, has both a B.A. economics and a Masters degree from the school and retired as the school’s chief financial officer in 2010. He also served in a number of positions for the State of Ohio, including state budget director from 1985-1987. Shkurti is the author of the 2016 book The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.  

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SOLD OUT-Tour of the Brickler & Eckler Law Building
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

SOLD OUT-Tour of the Brickler & Eckler Law Building

The building at the southeast corner of State and Third streets, still referred to by many as the “Old Post Office,” was constructed between 1884 and 1887 to serve as both as the post office and to house federal offices and closed in 1907 in order be substantially enlarged. It reopened in 1912. A post office branch was still in operation in the building until 1975, Rich Simpson, the former Managing Partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP who oversaw the renovation of the building on behalf of the law firm, will conduct the tour.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.

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