Ohio History Connection February 9, 2023

February 9, 2023
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Black History Month 2023

Ohio History Center & Various Sites

Join us this February in celebrating Black History Month 2023 at the Ohio History Center as well as various sites around Ohio!

Take a look at some of our programs here and be sure to mark your calendars.


Be a Judge at an Ohio History Day Contest
Sat., Feb. 25–Sat., April 22

Calling anyone with a love of history and serving their community! We need your help to ensure this year’s in-person Ohio History Day is a HUGE success for Ohio's students. We’re looking for over 550 judges to help us at one of our 10 regional or state contests and we hope you’ll be one of them! Ohio History Day students are some of the most dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic in the state. By volunteering as a judge, you are playing a vital role in helping them continue their learning journey.
Interested in learning more? Check out Ohio History Day’s Judge Page!

The Tea Room

Ohio History Center, Sat., Feb. 18,
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Hear a discussion on the importance of mentorship and its ties to leadership with art advocate and educator, Bettye Stull and her mentee, Jessica Byrd, political strategist.

Entertainment will be provided by Urban Strings and the Ohio Village historical interpreters. Hippie Tea and Herbal Blends will facilitate a tasting of unique blends of teas.

Admission is $25/participant & $20/member.

Presidents Day

Ohio History Center
Mon., Feb. 18,
10 a.m.–4 p.m.


Celebrate Presidents Day, 2023 at the Ohio History Center! Stop by to create your own campaign memorabilia and meet several 1st-person Presidential presenters on the museum floor. Other themed activities will be available throughout the day as well!

Included with general museum admission.

Site Event Spotlight– Not Your Grandmother’s Black History Lecture Series: “Who needs Black History Month?”

Presented by National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
Thurs., Feb. 9,
7–8 p.m.

Is Black History Month still necessary? Relevant, even? Join us for this free thought-provoking Black History Month Zoom webinar. The discussion will compel a reconsideration of the historical experiences and contemporary legacies associated with being Black in America.

Presented by Dr. Holly Y. McGee, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

The Westcott House in Springfield (pictured above), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, received an Ohio History Fund grant in 2017. The grant of $15,000 enabled the Westcott House Foundation to repair the sleeping porches and pergola. YOU make these grants possible when you donate a portion of your state income tax refund to the Ohio History Fund, line 26c on your Ohio return. Since 2013, the program has made 110 grants across the state, totaling more than $1 million. And more grants are on the way – we announce 2023’s recipients at our Statehood Day event, March 2. 

Explore your state with an Ohio History Connection membership!

Beat the winter blues with an Ohio History Connection membership—your personal passport to history! With options starting as low as $50, your membership pays for itself in as little as two visits. Explore space at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, presidential history at the Harding Presidential Sites or Black history at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, plus more than 50 other adventures! For more information or to join today, visit ohiohistory.org/join or call 800.686.1545.


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