History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Klais Organ In Gray Chapel, OWU

17 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The term “landmark” can certainly be applied to things other than buildings. A relatively new object can also be a landmark, depending on the context.

A good case in point is the magnificent Rexford Keller Memorial Organ in University Hall’s Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.

The instrument, built and installed in 1980 by the Klais organ company in Bonn, Germany, is a four manual, tracker action organ with 82 ranks, 55 stops, and 4,644 pipes. It is the largest of the 12 Klais organs in the United States; as it so happens, one of the others is also in Delaware at Asbury United Methodist Church. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About : US36

11 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s another in our series of posts sharing details and little known information about things that Delaware Countians know and see every day.

Today, we look at US Highway 36, a 1,414 mile (that’s 2,276 kilometers) highway that stretches from Ohio to Colorado, and right through Delaware County.

During its route, both in Ohio and across the US, the highway includes two lane and expressway sections as it goes through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. It intersects with interstate highways 16 times, some more than once, and actually joins those highways at various points.

Along its way, US36 bypasses many of the larger cities and metropolitan areas, and instead travels through many county seat towns. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Present Program On The Columbus Zoo

6 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “The History of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium” on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 PM. The program will be on Zoom and Facebook Live with registration on Eventbrite.

From its humble beginnings in 1927 as a shelter for a few reindeer to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact, annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide.

This program will be presented by Dr. Michael Kreger, Vice President of Conservation and Sustainability at the Columbus Zoo. He will talk about where the Columbus Zoo has been and its progressive march to gaining an international reputation for excellence in animal care, conservation, and education. More…

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Delaware, History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Delaware Post Office Building

3 Apr , 2021  

By: 1808Delaware

The early decades of the 20th century saw public buildings built across the country, each making a statement about the importance of institutions housed inside their walls.

And, as a bustling city with a population nearing 9,000 inhabitants, a county seat as well as the location for a prominent liberal arts college, Delaware was exactly the kind of place where those investments were being made.

Over 100 years later, the city and the college are both benefiting from the erection of a classically-designed building that has stood the test of time. More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo Executives Resign Amid Allegations; Zoo Hires Interim CEO

31 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Columbus television station 10TV reported on Sunday that Zoo President and CEO Tom Staft and Executive Vice Preseient and CFO Greg Bell had resigned from their respective positions amid allegations of a possible misuse of corporate resources.

On Monday, the Zoo itself issued the following press release detailing its next steps in securing the future of the operation.

“The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced today that former Zoo Executive Director and Director Emeritus Jerry Borin is stepping out of retirement to serve in an interim role as the Zoo’s President and CEO. Borin will work closely with the Zoo’s Board of Directors and senior management team as the Board immediately begins a national search for a new CEO. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Diadatus Keeler House

30 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

History records that Diadutus James Keeler, in addition to having a unique name, was an “enterprising man.”

Such a claim is borne out by the fact that after arriving from Vermont in 1819, he became an important farmer in Genoa Township and a recognized breeder of sheep and hogs.

Specifically, those would be fine-wooled sheep and China and Berkshire breeds of hogs.

Keeler was also one of the original elders of the Genoa Presbyterian Church More…

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History/Tourism

Former Columbus Zoo Board Member Named Experience Columbus Board Chair

25 Mar , 2021  

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Special to 1808Delaware

Experience Columbus introduced numerous changes to its board of directors at the organization’s board meeting, held this morning via Zoom.

Janelle N. Coleman, vice president, corporate philanthropy and community engagement at American Electric Power (AEP), and president of the AEP Foundation, is the new chair of the destination marketing organization’s board of directors. Coleman has more than 20 years of experience in community engagement and corporate philanthropy, having served at the helm of several major organizations including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and L Brands, Inc.

Coleman has served on the Experience Columbus board of directors since 2016, and her term as chair succeeds that of Cathy Lyttle, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Worthington Industries, who has served as chair since 2018. Lyttle joined the Experience Columbus board in 2014 and will conclude her term in 2022. More…

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History/Tourism

Take The Ohio Presidential Trail

25 Mar , 2021  

As a county with a “Presidential past,” many Delaware Countians are lovers of American history. And while no local stops are a part of the new Ohio Presidential Trail (although we wonder if the new Hayes status is deserving) , native son Rutherford B. Hayes is certainly represented.

TourismOhio, in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, has launched the Ohio Presidential Trail which can be accessed here.  The 17-stop trail invites travelers to find history here in Ohio by highlighting homes, libraries, museums and monuments that tell the life stories of eight U.S. presidents elected from Ohio.Four of those stops have been added in the last two years. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: John Cook House, Harlem Township

24 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The house on Gorsuch Road is very much part of Delaware County history, as the location on which it sits has a 210 year-plus history.

The John Cook House was the home of John and Helen Tompkins Cook; John was a farmer who also dabbled in raising livestock. When he constructed the house in 1863, doing much of the carpentry himself, he was doing so on land owned by his family since the first decade of the 19th century.

John’s parents, Benajah and Cassandra Cook, came to Ohio after buying 4,000 acres of farmland for the princely sum of $1,700 (something tells us Harlem Township land goes for a bit more today). They were the first settlers from the east to settle here. More…

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History/Tourism

Penguin Newborns Arrive At Columbus Zoo

24 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

You are warned — the images below are almost impossibly cute.

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium has two new occupants this month — penguin chicks who hatched earlier this month over two days.

The proud parents are Oswald and Big Bertha, although one of the chicks now has foster parents to maximize the chance for survival and thriving.

Penguin eggs are smaller than any other bird species when compared proportionally to the weight of the parent birds. Each weighted approximately 80 grams. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: Frederick Douglass

18 Mar , 2021  

Originally shared in 2018, this article has been updated with additional information.

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Throughout its 210 year history, this part of Ohio has been visited by several individuals with significant places in history. Today, we look at one man who visited Delaware County no fewer than three times over a 27 year period. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Samuel Sharp House

17 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

A bit of the old south may yet survive in, of all places, the northern reaches of Delaware County.

The beautiful Samuel Sharp House at 7436 Horseshoe Road, west of Ashley, is uniquely connected to the American Civil War. It was constructed about 1867 by Samuel and Lorinda Sharp, who had married 13 years earlier.

Samuel Sharp was the son of the well-known William Sharp, known locally as the “greatest bee-hunter” in Marlboro (then Marlborough) Township. The Sharps had several children whose given names, with the exception of one child, all began with the letter “L” — Laura, Landon, Lettie, Leslie, Lawrence, and…. Mary. More…

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