Look for the Adena Pot and the Clinton League Memory Book

The Ohio Historical Society staff has had a wonderful opportunity to assist and support our colleagues at WOSU Public Media in their ongoing project to preserve and celebrate the history of historic neighborhoods in Columbus. The eighth documentary in the Columbus Neighborhoods series, Clintonville, was screened at Studio 35 on Thursday, January 23. It will premier Sunday, January 26.

Fragments from a large, thick grit-tempered ceramic vessel that have been glued together. Most of the base is missing and has been restored with foam material. The complete pot was egg-shaped with a flat rim. There are two lug handles that are broken.

Adenda Ceramic Vessel


While you are watching, look for two important pieces from the Society’s archaeology and manuscript collections. Archaeology curators Bill Pickard and Linda Pansing, along with their colleague Dr. Jules Angel from Ohio State University, shared the story of how mounds built by the Adena Culture were discovered in Clintonville when the Dominion Land Company began building homes in the 1950s. The artifacts, including a great deal of pottery, are curated at the Ohio Historical Society. This particular pot (call number A 3336/000093) has been reconstructed and is currently on display in the exhibit Following in Ancient Footsteps at the Ohio History Center.

Clinton League Memory Book in storage at the Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library.

Clinton League Memory Book in storage at the Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library.


From the manuscript collections a memory book carefully compiled by the ladies of the Clinton League is also featured. Originally known as the Clinton Child Welfare League, the group was founded in 1912 to promote child welfare and later general welfare in Columbus, Ohio. Included in the scrapbook are many photographs that show even in the early 1900s the Clintonville neighborhood was a farm community and more like living in the country, than a city or suburb. For long term preservation the memory book has been microfilmed and is available in the Research Room of the Archives/Library. In addition to the Memory Book there are also Clinton League records (call number MSS 557) documenting the history of the organization from 1912-1988. This collection includes meeting minutes, treasurer’s ledgers, correspondence, and other memorabilia.

Pop some popcorn, keep your eye out for the Society’s collections and watch Columbus Neighborhoods: Clintonville on Sunday, January 26. If you live in the neighborhood, you might spot yourself.

L. Wood, Curator for Visual Resources

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