Speakers Bureau

Need a speaker for your next event or meeting? Ohio History Connection speakers offer the following topics. For details on availability, fees, and scheduling, call the Local History Office toll free at 1-800-858-6878. More program topics are available at: http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/oahsm/speakers.html


Assist the Archaeologist

The artifacts are out of the ground … but now what? Find out and then help with the process.

Mapping Ancient Earthworks: The James Marshall Collection

From 1965 until his death in 2006, James A. Marshall surveyed North America’s ancient earthworks, amassing a vast collection of maps, aerial photographs, survey notes, and other documents.  His family donated these invaluable materials to Ohio History Connection so that they would be preserved and made available to researchers.  Come and see a sampling of these records and learn of James Marshall’s efforts to document the engineering genius of America’s mound-building cultures.

Ohio’s First Industry: The Archaeology of Flint Ridge

The quarry pits and workshops Flint Ridge were a place of furious activity 2000 years ago. Why was this particular flint attractive to American Indians and why on such a massive scale? Learn the answers to these and other questions from an archaeologist’s research.


Opdycke’s Tigers

From personal papers, find out how a private in the Civil War rose to the rank of colonel in command of one of the fiercest regiments in the Union Army. Discover the important role “Opdycke’s Tigers” played at the Battle of Chickamauga.

The Ohio Soldiers’ Vote in the 1864 Presidential Election.

The 1864 election marked the first time Ohio’s soldiers could vote for president while in the field.  Learn how these Buckeyes cast their votes on the frontlines and discover the role the soldiers played in this historic election pitting President Abraham Lincoln against his former army commander General George B. McClellan.


The Landscape & Wildlife of Frontier Ohio:
The Ohio countryside has changed dramatically over the past 200 years. This talk documents changes in forests, rivers, wetlands, prairies, and plants and wildlife. What has been the impact of these changes?

The Natural History of Fort Hill State Memorial:
This 1200-acre National Natural Landmark has seven natural bridges, geological time periods, and over 650 species of plants-including some that are very rare. All this, with one of the most scenic gorges in Ohio and 11 miles of trails to explore, is sampled in this talk.

Those Magnificent Monsters of the Ice Age:
During the last Ice Age, many wonderful large mammals (the Pleistocene “Mega-fauna”) roamed what is today Ohio. This illustrated talk explores what these animals were, what they looked like and how they lived. It will highlight images of some of the rarest Ohio Pleistocene fossils held in the Ohio History Connection’s collections as well as other fossils from around the state. If there is sufficient time, the discussion can expand to why and how these magnificent mammals disappeared from Ohio and the face of the earth.


The Great Disaster of 1913

For five days in March of 1913, incessant rain across Ohio brought death and destruction to the Miami and Scioto River Valleys.  Through photographs, first person accounts and other resources, learn how this horrific natural disaster changed the face of Ohio.

One of a Kind:  Early Photographs in the Archives

The first photographs, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes, were direct positive images.  No negatives were made and each image is unique.  Come see a selection of these rare photographs from the 1840s, 1850s and 1860s.

Tourism at the Ohio Penitentiary 1833-1930

At the turn of the century, Columbus could offer visitors spectacular theaters, music and art.  But these cultural attractions paled before one of the most popular destinations of the day: the Ohio Penitentiary.  Come explore the Pen circa 1901, and see for yourself the conditions of this fine state institution.


D-Day 65 Years Later

One of the most iconographic events of World War II is the Normandy invasion known as D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Hear first hand accounts of D-Day actions taken by Ohio soldiers.  See enemy and allied flags flown in Normandy, weapons used by both Allied and German soldiers during the landings, and models of planes and ships used for training and instructional purposes.  What better way to honor and celebrate the soldiers who served than to mark this anniversary by visiting Ohio History Connection and experience their story through our collections?

The Van Fleet Family of Cincinnati: Researching Military Service in World War I

Hear how World War I impacted one Ohio family.  Using materials from Ohio History Connection collections, discover how researchers find information on WW I veterans.

2 Responses to Speakers Bureau

  1. Nancy Bendle says:

    I am interested in the speaker Van Fleet Family, Military Service in World War 1

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