Category Archives: Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society)

Fran’s Lemon Coconut Squares And Buttermilk Brownies Make Whitelaw’s House A Home

October 15, 1966 was an auspicious day in Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. He signed the National Historic Preservation Act, which created the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of our country’s historic places that are worthy of preservation. To … Continue reading

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Warren Harding’s Fishing Gear Shows The President Was One Serious Fisherman

“What’s the best benefit of an Ohio History Connection membership?,” I asked in the informal poll I took as I indulged in the buttercream frosted shamrock cut-out cookie from Cheryl’s that my boss gave me for St. Patrick’s Day. One … Continue reading

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Buy Your Postage Stamps In Gambier And Discover Kenyon’s Historic Mural

Sure, I thrill at the ring of my telephone and the ding when a new e-mail arrives on my iPad, but I much prefer the refined sound my engraved pewter letter-opener makes when it opens the envelope of a handwritten … Continue reading

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Fellow Countrymen, Read Future Ohio Governor Charles Anderson’s Lost Gettysburg Address

Consider your audience. Keep your message simple. Make a connection with your audience. Appeal to their emotions. Leave them wanting more. If you’ve received instruction in public speaking, you might recall how these tips can help a presenter become a … Continue reading

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Ride Roller Coasters In Sandusky? No, Thank You, I’d Rather See The Dorns’ 1950s Home And The Hotel Breakers

Most people travel to Sandusky, Ohio to experience daring drops, corkscrew turns and spinning swings from hundreds of feet above the ground, but I prefer the thrill of going there to see a porch with a rubber ceiling and walls, … Continue reading

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Would You Shake A Cook’s Flour-Covered Hand?

With her rolled-up calico sleeves and ruddy cheeks, this merry-looking cook personifies friendliness, but would you shake her flour-covered hand? That’s the question Lilly Martin Spencer poses in Shake Hands?, an 1854 painting that has become one of this artist’s … Continue reading

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A Paint-Covered Sportcoat Reflects Emerson Burkhart’s Artistic Technique

James Thurber, the Columbus native whose cartoons and short stories appeared in The New Yorker, commissioned an artist named Emerson Burkhart to paint a portrait of his mother, Mary Thurber, in 1951. She hated it. Mrs. Thurber’s portrait is one … Continue reading

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