Category Archives: Ohio

Pick Pinks And Blues, Shells And Peacocks For The Bertie Look

Do you have a special place to picnic? Beman Dawes and his family did. The Dawes family packed their picnic basket for excursions to a favorite wooded spot near Newark, Ohio. When they noticed lumbermen preparing to cut down some … Continue reading

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A Philadelphia Shopping Trip Helped A Governor Check Out Ramona

“This day the first stone for the foundation of the new State House was dropped in the Public Square; from the Waggens.” So noted Zechariah Mills, State Librarian of Ohio, in his weather log for May 16, 1838, a day … Continue reading

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Cultivate A Taste For Thomas Cole

Of all the images of artwork over which I pored in darkened lecture rooms and slide libraries, Kindred Spirits is one of those at which I marveled the most. Its painter, Asher B. Durand, skillfully executed sparkling waterfalls, soaring birds, … Continue reading

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Climb A Smokestack To See A Glass River

Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” may have been deep, wide and hard to cross, but he might have finally found what he had been looking for in the shimmering “River of Glass” that I discovered in Mount Vernon. The River … Continue reading

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Start Your Farm Science Review Experience At 910 Wheat Street

Ride in a hot air balloon. Go whale-watching. Learn how to waltz. Solve Rubik’s Cube. See Stonehenge.  They’re all possibilities for a bucket list of unique things people dream of accomplishing. I checked off one of my own recently: Experiencing … Continue reading

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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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Discover What Life Was Like On The Ohio Frontier

Playing pioneer was fun, when my fourth-grade self set up shop under our mountain ash tree with my lunch pail and my calico-covered copies of McGuffey Readers. But when I ducked inside this authentic early-19th century log cabin recently, I … Continue reading

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