History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan Professor Creates 10-Episode ‘Great Courses’ Lecture

31 Mar , 2020  

The battle against polio, the Red Scare, the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, and the birth of rock ’n’ roll.

Ohio Wesleyan University history professor Michael Flamm, Ph.D., covers these memorable moments and more in “How 1954 Changed History,” a new audio course recorded for “The Great Courses Series” from Amazon and Audible Originals.

“The goal was to show how 1954 was one of the most important years in modern U.S. history and present fascinating human stories with historical ramifications,” said Flamm, who joined the OWU faculty in 1998. “In 10 short episodes, you can relive some truly dramatic historical moments.” More…

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History/Tourism

In Our Backyard: Experience The American Revolution – Virtually

30 Mar , 2020  

With a large percentage of Delaware Countians now at home, we thought we’d expand our “In Our Backyard” series with an opportunity to indulge in an interesting tour a bit further afield.

First, though, a question, particularly for you history lovers. What nearby county is home to the site of the one of the last three open field battles of the American Revolutionary War period?

Here are a couple more clues. The battle involved troops led by a childhood friend of General George Washington, and the hero of the skirmish was the only member of Russian nobility known to have fought in America’s fight for independence.

The Battle of Olentangy took place on June 6, 1782 in the fields of Crawford County between Bucyrus, Crestline, and Galion. That’s right — this part of Ohio has direct connections to the story of the American Revolution. More…

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History/Tourism

Vote For The Columbus Zoo

22 Mar , 2020  

While a portion of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium remains closed to visitors, the Delaware County attraction remains very much in the news.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) public health concerns, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has taken precautionary measures at its park and closed its public indoor facilities and rides, and temporarily canceling its events, tours and programs beginning Saturday, March 14 until at least Monday, April 6. At this time, most outdoor animal habitats remain open and some food and beverage offerings are available, though on a limited basis. Guests will receive half off admission prices, and refunds will be issued for events, tours and programs. More…

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History/Tourism

Hey, I Saw Your House In A Catalog: Sears Houses In Delaware

21 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Delaware Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1808Delaware last July.

If you live in Delaware, there’s a good chance that you might live near a residence that was bought out of a book.

A Sears catalog, to be exact.

According to Wikipedia, Sears Catalog Homes (sold under the Sears Modern Homes name) were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. More…

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History/Tourism

In Our Backyard: Otherworld

9 Mar , 2020  

1808Delaware has expanded our coverage to highlight attractions and events within easy driving distance of Delaware Countians in a series called “In Our Backyard.” This is in addition to our regular coverage of Delaware County happenings.

Certainly, some Delaware Countians have been to Otherworld. Others will have no idea what we are talking about.

It is for the latter group that we share news of a new entertainment venue in Columbus, one that defies conventional descriptions. More…

History/Tourism

Delaware On The Map: The Beginning

9 Mar , 2020  

This spring, we begin a new series, “Delaware On The Map,” which looks at how local history is revealed on maps — maps of the area, county, and nation.

Students of local lore will know that the city of Delaware had its origins in 1804 when Moses Byxbe came to central Ohio from Massachusetts. Four years later, he laid out a town on the east, then the west bank of the Olentangy River. More…

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History/Tourism

An Ohio President In Ohio Magazine

28 Feb , 2020  

Delawareans are proud of the city’s connection to the 19th President of the United States, a fact which is clearly evident by reading a story on downtown’s newest statue in the current edition of Ohio Magazine.

The article by Linda Feagler, entitled “Rutherford B. Hayes Statue, Delaware,” is accompanied by a now familiar view of the new art work honoring the city’s most famous native son. It can be read here. More…

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History/Tourism, In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard: Come On Down For The Price Is Right

27 Feb , 2020  

1808Delaware has expanded our coverage to highlight attractions and events within easy driving distance of Delaware Countians in a series called “In Our Backyard.” This is in addition to our regular coverage of Delaware County happenings.

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come on Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations, and possibly a new car. Audience members can play classic games from television’s longest-running and most popular game show such as Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, or even the fabulous Showcase. Playing to near sold-out audiences for more than 10 years, the Price Is Right Live has given away more than $12 million in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.7 million tickets. More…

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History/Tourism

Vignettes To Tell Story Of The Underground Railroad In Delaware County

20 Feb , 2020  

The next public program of the Delaware County Historical Society, “Voices of the Underground Railroad,” will present a poignant look at the way that escaping slaves impacted Delaware County in the years before the Civil War.

On Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 PM, the Curriculum Support Committee of the Society will present this a series of 10 vignettes about local people who were involved in the activities of the Underground Railroad in and around Delaware County during the era prior to the Civil War. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society Program To Focus On African-American Hidden Communities

14 Feb , 2020  

The time has come to shed light on an important piece of Delaware County and Ohio history.

Professor Ric S. Sheffield from Kenyon College will be speaking about rural Ohio areas with long-established black communities which are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside. In recognition of Black History Month, this program relates the adventure of reclaiming the lost history of African Americans while showcasing the benefits of including minority populations within celebrations of heritage and sharing strategies for undertaking such projects in communities of various sizes and racial and ethnic makeups. More…

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History/Tourism, In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard: Living History At The Statehouse To Celebrate Black History Month

1 Feb , 2020  

With the new year. 1808Delaware has expanded our coverage to highlight attractions and events within easy driving distance of Delaware Countians. We’re calling this new set of postings, “In Our Backyard.” This will be in addition to our regular coverage of Delaware County happenings.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a free historical performance each Tuesday at noon. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware: Slocum Hall

29 Jan , 2020  

One of the historic gems on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University is gaining new shine these days.

The University is undertaking an $11-million project to renovate Slocum Hall, including the restoration of its iconic Reading Room and its 70-foot-by-20-foot leaded glass ceiling. Slocum Hall is one of 10 locations on campus included on the National Register of Historic Places. More…

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