Update from John Haas
We, Cliff Eckle and I, want to thank National Public Radio, Neal Conan, and Tinbete Ermyas for a wonderful experience and their kind assistance. I was nervous at first, but we went into the studio, I shook hands with him and introduced myself, and we chatted briefly. He (Neal Conan) put a post-it on his board with our names so he would know I was on his right and Cliff was on his left. He was nice, well spoken, well prepared with a good script introduction and asked us specific questions directed to either Cliff or myself. But after the initial nervousness it was a great experience and I would not be averse to doing it again.
We didn’t get the chance, but wanted to give special thanks and recognition to the other curators and designers who made up the exhibit team for the War of 1812: Ohio on the Front Line: Bill Mahon, Jason Cannon, Lily Birkhimer, Matt Benz, and Tom Rieder.
For more information about efforts to commemorate the War of 1812 in Ohio, I suggest visiting the website of the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. In particular, there is a great book list on the site that was a fantastic resource for us when we were working on the exhibit.
John Haas, Manuscript Curator
Manuscript curator John Haas and history curator Cliff Eckle will be on NPR’s Talk of the Nation today!
The program airs locally on WOSU 89.7 between 2 and 4 pm. If you miss it, you can hear a recording online after 6 pm at: http://www.npr.org/programs/talk-of-the-nation/
Here is the promo for the show:
Today on NPR’s Talk Of The Nation: Ohio And The War Of 1812
In celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Ohio Historical Society opened a new exhibit that features important artifacts and information on the war and Ohio’s role in it. The exhibit is entitled, War of 1812: Ohio on the Front Line, and features letters, diary entries, maps, firearms and Native American memorabilia that tell the stories of the people behind the historic war and shed light on the battles that took place in Ohio.
Host Neal Conan speaks with John Haas and Cliff Eckle, curators at the Ohio Historical Society and co-curators of the exhibit, about the artifacts that tell the story of the War of 1812, Ohio’s significant role in the war and how those battles and the war itself influenced American history.