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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Mount Zion Baptist Church in Athens is one of 40 historic sites in America to receive part of a $3 million grant that will help preserve African American landmarks. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced July 15 that Mount Zion was among the grant recipients. Competition for the grants is… Read More
Our Junior Member program is back! Kids 6-12 can join us at the Ross County Historical Society on July 28 for a day of fun, crafts, and exploring our collection of ancient Native American artifacts. Call 740-772-1936 to reserve a spot; space is limited!
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A new historical marker has been dedicated to a Black man from Athens County who was lynched in 1881. The marker sits on Mulberry Street in Athens, near the old South Bridge. It was installed Wednesday morning. A mob of approximately 30 White men lynched Davis the day before he was… Read More
Secret labor meetings, mine disasters, millionaire owners, and immigrant connections. Join local guides for three-hour journeys into the history and culture of the coal-mining region of the Hocking Valley on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each tour includes stops and “behind the scenes” excursions into local stories of Sunday and Monday Creek… Read More
Join us for Statehood Day on March 7 from 12 to 4 PM! The Ross County Historical Society Heritage Center, 45 West Fifth Street, Chillicothe, will be open 12 Noon to 4 PM. Featured will be a special one-day exhibit of Ohio statehood documents from the society’s archives, a special one-day display of sports memorabilia… Read More
Athens Civil War Roundtable Everyone is welcome to attend a presentation by Steve Ball, of Columbus, to the Athens Civil War Roundtable. The program will feature American songs from just before and during the Civil War, illustrating popular opinion surrounding America’s bloodiest conflict. Several featured songs were written by women, contextualizing the rising prominence of… Read More
Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30pm. Featuring Tom O’Grady, surveyor, student and researcher of Ohio history, and Instructor of Observational Astronomy at Ohio University. Co-Sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau. Beginning in 1825, Ohio began constructing its canal system that eventually included nearly a thousand miles of channel and towpaths laced with stone locks… Read More
Become an apprentice to masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Georgia O’Keeffe, or Mary Cassatt. Each month children in grades four through six will investigate the art, style, and technique used by a different master artist, then they will create their own masterpiece. For each class, participants will earn apprentice rewards to add to their… Read More
Sunday, August 11, 2019 2:00 to 4:00 PM Walking Tours of the Historic Athens Asylum You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2019, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option! ALL REGULAR ASYLUM TOURS WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAYS OF EACH MONTH FROM 2:00PM-4:00PM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED… Read More
HISTORY EMERGES FROM THE SHADOWS CAST BY EERIE SUPERNATURAL STORIES On lists and locations of haunted and supernatural regions, southeastern Ohio seems to frequently rise to the top. From the Moonville Tunnel, eerie structures at the Ridges, and “spooky” graveyards, the Hocking Valley has drawn attention from New Age practitioners and “ghost hunters” alike. But… Read More
David Contosta, historian and Lancaster native, will talk about the unexpected & complex relationship between William T. Sherman, Lancaster and the Civil War for the June meeting of the Sherman Civil War Roundtable. Contosta is professor of history at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and has written more than 20 books, including the comprehensive history… Read More
“The fate of the world depended on their success,” Queen Elizabeth II said as she honored thousands of soldiers and sailors who took part in the invasion of Nazi-occupied France.
Tuesday, April 9 5:00 to 7:00 PM Jackie O’s Taproom Who says history only belongs in a museum? Join us for History on Tap for lively discussions and a few pints with us as fellow history geeks! Join Tom O’Grady and History Center staff members for this monthly event to bring history to the masses!… Read More
Women make up nearly 10 percent of the U.S. veteran population and are the fastest growing group within the veteran community, yet they remain mostly invisible in society. In recognition of their service and the centennial of women’s suffrage, a group of community and Ohio University sponsors are holding a panel discussion with women veterans on… Read More
Walking Tour of the Historic Athens Asylum You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2019, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option! ALL REGULAR ASYLUM TOURS WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAYS OF EACH MONTH FROM 2:00PM-4:00PM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED Our schedule for the 2019 season: March 10… Read More
Join us in celebrating the founding of the great state of Ohio on March 2, 2019. We’ll have a special one-day exhibit of Ohio statehood documents, including Thomas Worthington’s personal draft of the 1802 Ohio Enabling Act displayed on the table upon which Ohio’s Constitution was signed. We’re debuting a new exhibit on Ross County’s… Read More
On the night of July 24, 1916, a natural gas explosion near Cleveland trapped workers in a waterworks tunnel beneath Lake Erie. Rescuers sent in to recover the trapped men were themselves felled by “noxious fumes.” The Cleveland authorities knew just who to call: Garrett Morgan, an inventor who had recently given a demonstration of… Read More
Who says history only belongs in a museum? Join us for History on Tap every second Tuesday of the month for lively discussions and a few pints with fellow history geeks! History on Tap at Jackie O’s Taproom Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:30 to 7:30 PM Join Tom O’Grady and History Center staff members for… Read More
One function of the large earthwork complexes, such as the one found at Marietta, was to track the passage of seasons through astronomical observations. Aligned along the parallel walls of “Sacra Via” is the winter solstice sunset. On December 21st at 4pm we will hold a solstice sunset watch at Sacra Via Park (between Third… Read More
Columbus, OH – Heritage Ohio and Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area will hold the eighth annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium, located at 1 Capitol Square. The luncheon’s focus is to give Appalachian businesses and organizations that have done remarkable work to the benefit… Read More
Join us for our next Athens Asylum Walking Tour on Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 PM! You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2018, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option! ALL REGULAR ASYLUM TOURS WILL BE HELD ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM… Read More
Come celebrate Christmas at The Castle. Enjoy Victorian Christmas sweets and tea with friends and family. A tour of The Castle decked out in all of its Christmas finery is included. Reservations required by December 11th.
‘Twas an Old Fashioned Christmas At the Ross County Heritage Center 45 w. 5th St. Chillicothe, OH 45601 Saturday, December 1, 2018 9:30-12:30 Join us for this program of holiday fun from days of long ago Enjoy a dramatic reading of the 1822 Christmas classic, A Visit from St. Nicholas (also known as The Night Before Christmas.) Then… Read More
Come celebrate the holiday season with gingerbread house making at The Castle! In this workshop, adults and kids (ages 8 and up) will be guided in making a gingerbread house of their own. Materials and instruction booklets provided. Seating is Limited. Reservations required by November 13th.
On November 11th, 1918 at 11:11am an armistice was declared ceasing the First World War. Embroiled in this conflict since April 1917, Americans served at home and overseas. When the U.S. went to war, Washington Countians went to war. Join us for a slate of activities including cemetery illumination and themed tours commemorating the end… Read More