Curators’ Talks Celebrate African American History and Ohio Presidents

Curators’ talks for the month of February recognize the achievements of African American Ohioans and our 8 Ohio Presidents.

February 1
Robert Duncanson: The Best Landscape Painter in the West

Join curator Emily Lang as she discusses the life of prominent Hudson River School painter Robert Duncanson. Born to freed slaves in 1821, Duncanson built his career in Cincinnati. Quickly rising to fame, he was one of the finest landscape painters in country during the mid-1800s. Hear about his struggles and triumphs during his thirty year career and see examples of his artwork Ohio Historical Society fine arts collection.

Ruins of Carthage by Robert Duncanson.

Ruins of Carthage by Robert Duncanson.

February 8
The Mills Brothers

A musical and visual survey of the Mills Brothers, the popular African-American jazz and pop singing group that hailed from Piqua, Ohio. Listen to a selection of their hit recordings and examine archival materials from the Society’s collections, including original recordings such as 78s, 45s and LPs, photographs, letters and ephemera. Learn about one of the most popular and ground-breaking American singing groups of the 20th Century.

February 15
Before They Were President

In honor of President’s Day join Lisa Wood, visual resources curator, to see a selection of photographs picturing Ohio’s eight Presidents in their early years.

February 22
Eagles on their Buttons: African American Service in the Civil War and World War I

Join manuscript curator and military historian John Haas to learn more about Ohio’s African American soldiers. From the 5th United States Colored Troops of the Civil War to the 9th Battalion of the Ohio National Guard in World War I, African American Ohioans have bravely served.

Photograph shows members of the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment recruited in Ohio during the Civil War. The regiment was formed in 1863, and was subsequently designated as the 5th Regiment, United States Colored Troops. The photograph was taken in Delaware, Ohio, on Sandusky Street near the Ft. Delaware Hotel.

Photograph shows members of the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment recruited in Ohio during the Civil War. The regiment was formed in 1863, and was subsequently designated as the 5th Regiment, United States Colored Troops. The photograph was taken in Delaware, Ohio, on Sandusky Street near the Ft. Delaware Hotel.

The curators talks are part of a busy schedule of activities at the History Center in February. Check out our full calendar of Black History Month programs.

If you go:

Day and Time: Saturdays in February at 12:30 PM

Location: Ohio History Center at I-71 and 17th Ave.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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