Connecting to Collections Series Begins Jan. 3rd

Beginning in January, collections staff at the Ohio Historical Society will premiere a new series titled “Connecting to Collections: Take A Closer Look.” The programs will be held every Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ohio Historical Center and will feature a different collection each week lead by OHS curatorial and collections experts.


Discover The Real Stuff of History

Participants will have the opportunity to get up close with collections and connect with the evidence of the past. The program on Jan. 3 features two love letters written to Eliza Stokely of Steubenville by potential suitors. Come in to read the letters and learn more about 19th-century courting rituals. Other collections to be featured in January include World War II manuscripts, Ohio newspapers, cliché verre prints and world renowned flint from Flint Ridge.


Programs are free with admission to the Ohio Historical Center. A complete list of scheduled programs is listed below. Please check back for program updates.


01/03/2009   “The Stokeley Letters: Love Letters on the Frontier”


01/10/2009   “Three Gold Stars in the Window: The Dennewitz Family of Chillicothe, Ohio”


01/17/2009   “The Ohio Newspaper Digitization: Find Out How Today’s Technology is Preserving Yesterday’s News”


01/24/2009   “Ohio‘s First Industry: The Archaeology of Flint Ridge”

01/31/2009  “Cliché Verre Prints”


02/07/2009   “Frontier to City”


02/14/2009   “Opdycke’s Tigers”


02/21/2009   “From Front Porch to Brazilian Embassy”


02/28/2009   “Assist the Archaeologist”


03/07/2009   “Frances Janney Derby:  Pioneering Woman Physician”


03/14/2009   “What’s the Point: How Do Archaeologists Identify Arrow Heads, Spear Points and Other Stone Tools?”


03/21/2009   “Dig those Weird Bones! Expected and Unexpected Bones Found Around Ohio’s Backyards”


03/28/2009   Ohio Historical Society Closed Due to Furlough


04/04/2009   “Cedar Bog – It’s Fen-tastic!”


04/11/2009   “An Ohio Family and Their Seven-Year Project: Nest and Eggs of the Birds of Ohio”


04/18/2009   “Historic Transferware: England Caters to American Patriotism”


04/25/2009   “Feat of Clay: What Precontact Ceramics Tell Us About the People Who Made Them”


05/02/2009   “The Van Fleet Family of Cincinnati: Researching Military Service in World War I”


05/09/2009   “Ohio Flicks”


05/16/2009   “Mapping Ancient Earthworks: The James Marshall Collection”


05/23/2009   “Tourism at the Ohio Penitentiary 1833-1930”


05/30/2009   “The Ohio Soldiers’ Vote in the 1864 Presidential Election


06/06/2009   “D-Day 65 Years Later”


06/13/2009   “The 1913 Flood: A Central, Eastern, and Southern Ohio Disaster”


06/20/2009   “The Story of an Ohioan and One of the First Kodak Cameras””


06/27/2009   “Ohio Squirrel Hunters and Their Rifles”


For more information on visiting the Ohio Historical Center, go to Now through March 1, 2009, see Rockwell’s America, an exhibit that brings Norman Rockwell’s covers fromt the Saturday Evening Post to life (  




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