Learn how Ohio helped shape the nation
Even before Ohio’s inception in 1803, Ohio history weaves a long and complex web of events. Native Americans had a prominent home in the state, and explorers traveled its diverse land to reach other areas of the country. Ohio played an important role in the Civil War, and it still remains a very politically-relative state. With such a wide history, Ohio offers numerous historical museums and exhibitions.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House
The acclaimed author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin at a point in history when slavery divided the nation. The book was one of the first of its kind to describe the everyday life of slavery, and it was monumental in steering the Civil War. Located in the historic Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, The Harriet Beecher Stowe House celebrates the life of the author, who shared the home with her family in her young years from the mid-1830s to 1850s. For more information, visit stowehousecincy.org or call (513) 751-0651.
The Ohio History Center and Ohio Village
This working village from the 19th century allows visitors to feel as if they have stepped back in time 100 years. From blacksmiths, weavers, pastors and cooks, visitors meet with costumed performers who depict the work and play from Ohio’s earliest times. The Ohio History Center is located on the same grounds and hosts a museum and library. The Ohio History Center and Ohio Village are centrally located on 17th Avenue in Columbus. Visit http://www.ohiohistory.org/programs–events/ohio-village
to learn more.
Darke County played an important role in the state’s history. Fort Green Ville was home to thousands of troops during its tenure, and the Treaty of Green Ville was one of the most important treaties signed between settlers and the American Indians. In addition, sharp-shooter Annie Oakley hailed from the area and spent much of her time in what is now known as Greenville. The Garst Museum displays the historical accounts of the fort, the treaty, and the life and death of Annie Oakley. Learn more by visiting http://www.garstmuseum.org
Center for Holocaust and Humanity
Developed by Holocaust survivors and their children, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity offers one of the most in-depth displays of the Holocaust. Located on the grounds of the Rockwern Academy in Cincinnati, the “Mapping Our Tears” display remains the most-visited at the museum, with audio and visual accounts from more than 60 survivors as told in their own words. Visit http://www.holocaustandhumanity.org
or call (513) 487-3055 to learn more.
Located in downtown Lima, the Allen County Museum offers a historical tour appropriate for all ages. Kids can visit the Children’s Discovery Center, which includes a Native American wigwam and one-room schoolhouse. The museum also features a Victorian 1893 home and a log house. Visit http://www.allencountymuseum.org
for additional information.
Learn more about Ohio’s diverse and rich history by visiting one of its many local cultural displays or museums.