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Roman Johnson in the News

African American painter Roman Johnson was the subject of an article in the Sunday, March 1 edition of the Columbus Dispatch: Local Artist Roman Johnson’s Standing Growing After Death In regard to Johnson, Ohio History Connection curator Emily Lang states … Continue reading

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Curators in the News

In honor of African American History Month manuscripts curator and military historian John Haas was interviewed about black soldiers participation in the Civil War and World War I. Click here to listen to John’s interview with WCPN. If you would … Continue reading

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Warren G. Harding: President and Waffle Aficionado

“You eat the first fourteen waffles without syrup, but with lots of butter. Then you put syrup on the next nine, and the last half-dozen you eat simply swimming in syrup. Eaten that way, waffles never hurt anybody.” – Warren … Continue reading

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Such are the Consequences of Secession

Cyrus Marion Roberts, my great-great grandfather, was a Captain in the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. He was born in Morgan County and died in Granville where he is buried. He kept a diary during the … Continue reading

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Beginning Your African-American Genealogy

There is still time to register for Beginning Your African-American Genealogy Join us to learn about searching for your African-American ancestors from experienced researcher Gayle Wilson. Get direction in locating and using resources specific to African-American research and find out … Continue reading

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Artist Roman Johnson

Reflections of an Artist: Emerson Burkhart is now open in our 3rd Floor Library Lobby and First Floor Spotlight Gallery. Emerson Burkhart (1905-1969) ruled the Columbus art scene during the 1950s and 1960s with his honest portraits and depictions of … Continue reading

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Historic Housekeeping: Wood Objects

Antiques and family heirlooms made of wood are very common in private homes and collections. In my family, we have a beautiful small oak table made by a great-great-great-great uncle that has been handed down and is now my mother’s. … Continue reading

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