When producers at WOSU began research for their Columbus Neighborhoods documentary series they contacted the Ohio Historical Society. The series is intended to celebrate the upcoming bicentennial of Columbus in 2012. We were pleased to provide access to our photographic archives to WOSU staff. We hold collections from the Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus Citizen-Journal, the Baker Art Gallery, the Columbus Free Press, state agencies and many other sources that extensively document the built environment in Columbus. Participating in documentary projects like Columbus Neighborhoods gives us the chance to share our photographs with people outside of the archives. Additionally, as they went through boxes folder by folder, the WOSU staff found great images of Columbus that had not yet been scanned.
The Short North is the first neighborhood to be featured. This installment made its big screen premiere at the Arena Grand Movie Theatre on March 4 and its television debut on March 8. Work on upcoming installments about Old Towne East, German Village, Downtown and Franklinton, King-Lincoln, and the University District is underway. OHS staff looks forward to providing more historic photographs for the documentaries and helping Ohio’s capital city celebrate its bicentennial.