Ohio History Connection May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022
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Join us for the Juneteenth Holiday Weekend!

June 18 & 19

Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Originating in Texas, it’s been observed on the 19th of June annually since 1865. Join us June 18 & 19 as we celebrate all weekend long.

The Ohio History Connection and its Poindexter Village Museum also are collaborating with the Columbus Urban League, Maroon Arts Group, Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce, King Arts Complex and Black, Out and Proud (BOP) to present Juneteenth on the AVE, June 18, Noon–6 p.m. on Mount Vernon Avenue, between 17th Street and St. Clair Avenue. The event will feature entertainment, vendors and Taste of Juneteenth, a Black-owned food truck festival. Admission is free.

Join us the next day, June 19, 10 a.m. –5 p.m. at Ohio Village Jubilee Day Festival. See artists from the National Association of Black Storytellers, Ohio Black Dance and Watoto Storytellers share the historical narrative of Juneteenth through storytelling, dance and theatrical reenactments. Included with Ohio History Center & Ohio Village admission.


Storybook Village 

Ohio Village
Sat. & Sun., June 11 & 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Welcome to Storybook Village, where your favorite storybook characters magically come to life. Bring your little ones to meet celebrated characters from popular fairy tales. Ask Rapunzel to let down here hair, help Prince Charming in his quest and visit with Cinderella. Meet more favorites from children’s books such as Pete the Cat and Elephant and Piggie.

Included with Ohio History Center & Ohio Village museum admission. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission and get early access at 9 a.m.

New Exhibit about local Dayton Poet

Paul Laurence Dunbar House

Just in time for his 150th birthday, a new exhibit, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Diamond of the Gem City, highlights the life work and legacy of the multifaceted writer. Born in Dayton in 1872, Dunbar became one of America’s greatest poets, whose work later fueled a Black literary revolution.

This exhibit puts that life in context and positions him within a community of African American activists, including Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Hallie Quinn Brown, Frederick Douglass and Brigadier General Charles Young. It also frames him not just as a hero but also as a human whose flaws help tell a complete version of our American story.

Learn more about this incredible exhibit and plan your visit below.

Midsummer on the Terrace

Ohio History Center
Thurs., June 23, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us for this special, members-only event. At our Annual Meeting, you’ll hear lively updates from across the Ohio History Connection and then we’ll move the whole party outside. Enjoy music, light bites and beverages (including a beer from our new collaboration with Hocking College brewers) on our terrace in the shadow the iconic Ohio History Center building with fellow history lovers and members.

Registration is required. Register by Friday June 17 so you don’t miss it!


Member Discounts!

Did you know that Ohio History Connection members get free tickets to our popular Storybook Village event?  If you purchase a Household membership, you are eligible for free tickets for two adults and all the children in your household. Add this to our other great benefits and your membership pays for itself very quickly! For more information about all the benefits of membership, visit ohiohistory.org/join
, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.686.1545.

Annual general operating support provided by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

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