Monthly Archives: July 2013

Spend a Sunday Afternoon at Aullwood-on-the-Stillwater

This afternoon, I meandered down State Routes 161 and 4, then west on the National Road, to Aullwood Garden MetroPark in Englewood, near Dayton. There, I not only admired plantings of native and cultivated flowers, but also learned more about … Continue reading

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Ever Walked Through a Lustron Home? Now You Can, at the Ohio History Center!

Have you ever been inside a Lustron home? Now that 1950s: Building the American Dream, the Ohio History Center’s new exhibition about life in the 1950s, is open, I can say that I have! Lustron houses were part of a … Continue reading

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Let Ihna Frary Help You Plan Your Ohio or Virginia Staycation

In the months before attending “Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1830-1910,” a Rare Book School course I took at the University of Virginia in July 2006, I trolled the stacks of the Ohio Historical Society’s Archives/Library, looking for good examples of grained, stamped, … Continue reading

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Choose Some Persephone Paperbacks For Your Five-Foot Bookshelf

Fill a five-foot shelf with the 51 books comprising the Harvard Classics, spend 15 minutes a day reading from them, and you’ll have a good substitute for all the elements of a liberal education, said Charles W. Eliot, president of … Continue reading

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Margaret Morse Nice Made History at Her Columbus Patch, Interpont

This house on West Patterson Avenue in Columbus might not look out of the ordinary, but it’s an important landmark. During the eight years that she lived here, Margaret Morse Nice (1883-1974) studied the daily activities and behavior of Song … Continue reading

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Columbus Ornithologist John Maynard Wheaton Was a “Friend of All the Feathered Tribe”

“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book,” says Juliet Ashton, … Continue reading

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Joseph Sullivant Had Skill, Taste and the “Grizzly Adams” Look

After the Ohio Historical Society’s annual meeting on June 20, I bypassed the drinks and hors d’oeuvres being served in the Red Carpet area of the Ohio History Center and headed straight for the “Nature of Ohio” exhibit. True to … Continue reading

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