Here's just some of the historical stories and treasures we've exhibited at CHS over the years.

August 30, 2018 to April 30, 2019
“We Shall Remember Them”: How Columbus Remembered the Great War

“We Shall Remember Them” are words inscribed on the base of the beloved Doughboy Statue in Columbus, Ohio. The statue, dedicated to the city’s World War I veterans in 1930, stands as one of the most recognizable pieces of public art in our community. How many of us know its whole story? What other World War I monuments have come and gone in the past 100 years in Columbus?

Please join us for an exciting program of exhibits and events focused on the memory of World War I in Columbus. It will open your eyes to the complex and controversial debates in a community about how we remember a war, its veterans, and its impact on our lives.

  1. Reaction to the Armistice: This exhibit will explore how Columbus residents and leaders responded to the end of the war. The focus of this part of the exhibit will be newspapers, letters, diaries, and other written formats of expression that reveal how news of the end of the war was received in the city. Photographs and firsthand accounts of the victory parade will enhance this display.

  2. Columbus WWI Veterans’ Postwar Life: The exhibit will examine the postwar experience of the city’s WWI soldiers. Visitors will learn about where soldiers lived when they returned, where they found jobs, and what sorts of challenges they faced upon coming back to Columbus. We will also examine how World War I veterans joined or created organizations to promote their issues and how they participated in reunions or later commemorative events of their time in the war.

  3. The Creation of Monuments: This exhibit will investigate and reveal the way that the city consciously made decisions about memorializing World War I through physical monuments. Photos, archival documents, debate analysis, funding information, and more regarding WWI monuments in Columbus will be used to determine how monuments were funded, designed, built, and dedicated. Examples include The Doughboy at the West Entrance to the Ohio Statehouse, the Victorious Soldier Memorial at the Ohio History Connection, the Memorial Arch at High & Broad (no longer there) and the Veterans Memorial Rotunda (currently in storage at The Ohio State University).

  4. City Landscape: This part of the exhibit will consider the ways that the city changed its built environment due to the war. Visitors will learn about new buildings that were constructed during the war for its needs and how were they changed and used after the war. We will also examine how Columbus residents sought to pay homage to the war through the naming of property such as buildings and streets.

April 20 to August 5, 2018                                       
Remembering...Buckeye Steel Castings

Remembering...Buckeye Steel Castings takes a look at the company's long history in the Columbus area.  Join us as we look at Buckeye Steel Castings's past through patterns, molds, drawings, and memorabilia.

May 2016 to December 2016
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.

April 2015 to April 2016
Reaching for the Sky

Reaching back to the beginning of controlled flight, Columbus has played a significant role in aviation history. From the early days of Roy Knabenshue, Cromwell Dixon, and the Driving Park to the national prominence of Eddie Rickenbacker, Transcontinental Air Transport, and Curtiss-Wright, and featuring colorful personalities like Foster Lane, Curtiss LeMay.

June 2014 to February 2015 
Central Ohio Law Enforcement

On display were police attire, equipment, weapons, and photographs on display. Donations came from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and from both, The Columbus and Groveport Police Departments.

September 2013 to January 2014
Build It!

Coming from the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU. This exhibit focused on the conception and construction of the stadium and the architect who made it happen, Howard Dwight Smith. Learn about the stadium’s supporters and why it’s so unique.

June 2013 to January 2014 
Columbus at Play

Featuring popular summer pastimes and sports and music memorabilia.

April 2013 to August 2013 
History of the Asian Community: A Driving Force for Growth in Columbus, Ohio 

April 2013 to June 2013 
Centennial of the Great 1913 Flood 

April 2013 to June 2013 
The Bicentennial Exhibit 1912 - 2012: The Next One-Hundred Years