Birds, Tomatoes, Vaudeville and More

During curators talks in May our staff will be discussing a wide variety of topics!

Hand colored, tintype portrait of Josephine Klippart and her mother, Emmeline Rahn Klippart.

Hand colored, tintype portrait of Josephine Klippart and her mother, Emmeline Rahn Klippart.


May 3
Tis Sweet to Be Remembered: Josephine Klippart, A Columbus Artist Who Got Her Starting Drawing Birds and Fish

Josephine Klippart was a Columbus artist who helped to create Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, an award-winning work published in 1886 that was the subject of Joy M. Kiser’s 2012 book, America’s Other Audubon. Join Betsy Butler, former special collections librarian at the Ohio Historical Society, to discover Josephine’s artistic accomplishments — particularly those related to nature — in the Society’s collection of manuscripts, photographs, printed material and objects associated with Josephine and her parents.

May 10
Cemetery Research for Your Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a traditional time for families to gather together, decorate cemeteries, and reminisce. In preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, come find out what to do and see in a cemetery & how to collect information about your family history while you are there.

Annual catalog from 1897 for True Blue Seeds.

Annual catalog from 1897 for True Blue Seeds.


May 17
Livingston’s Tomatoes

It’s tomato planting time and many of us are looking forward to eating juicy, locally grown varieties. Did you know that Ohioan Alexander W. Livingston is responsible for the success of this plant in today’s home and commercial gardens? Join Circulation Coordinator Carla Zikursh to learn more about Livingston, his tomatoes and his legacy.

May 24
For the Immediate Relief of Our Sick and Wounded Soldiers”: Ohio’s Soldiers Aid Societies

During the Civil War, Ohio’s communities supported the Union war effort by organizing soldiers aid societies. These organizations raised money and supplies that were critical to the care of Ohio’s soldiers. State Archivist Fred Previts will share some of the letters, reports and photographs documenting the help provided by these societies.

May 31
On the Road with the Zints: Vaudeville Theater and Rural Ohio

The Zint family, from Wapakoneta, was one of the best known performing families in Ohio during the 1920s. Learn more about this family’s history and see some of their costumes, props, and accessories from their performing years.

Frederick Zint playing in the Zint Family Orchestra with his brothers and sisters.

Frederick Zint playing in the Zint Family Orchestra with his brothers and sisters.


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

If you go:

Day and Time: Saturdays in May at 2:00 PM

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

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

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