February 2016
Join Ohio Humanities for the 18th Annual Tour of Ohio Chautauqua

Preparations toward the  Ohio Chautauqua 2016: The Natural World  program tour are underway. I n January, members of the Ohio Chautauqua 2016-2017 troupe-Chuck Chalberg, Dan Cutler, Susan Marie Frontczak, and Dianne Moran-gathered in Columbus for a dress rehearsal. Chautauqua performances differ from other types of one-person performances. Ohio Chautauqua performers are part scholar and part actor; their performances combine extensive research with extensive performance experience. 

Brimfield: June 7-11
Hamilton: June 14-18
Gallipolis: June 21-25
Rossford: June 28-July

Preserving an urban neighborhood's rich history

Life in the Blackberry Patch by Aminah Robinson
Ohio Humanities is proud to have supported a recent initiative by The Ohio State University and the Columbus Metropolitan Library to expand public access to the library's digital collection of African-American lives in historic Columbus. 

The February 18 Celebrate Columbus' African-American History event featured members from various segments of the community speaking to efforts and the need to preserve the history of older neighborhoods for future generations. 

The event also celebrated the life of artist Aminah Robinson (1940-2015). She was a strong advocate of preserving the history and the many stories of the area. As an artist Robinson's work often highlighted Columbus' near Eastside, Mt. Vernon Avenue, and the former Poindexter Village. In 1990, the Columbus Metropolitan Library's main site commissioned her to recreate Life in the Blackberry Patch 1900-1930, an area that would eventually become Mt. Vernon Avenue and Poindexter Village, her childhood home.

Her work also frequently reached out to other former thriving African-American communities. The commissioned mural also includes her interpretation of  Life in Sellsville 1871-1900. The former Sellsville community was just north of the current day city of Grandview Heights. To the left is small sample of the much larger mural.
A Community Within: Discovering African American History in Rural Ohio

The Ohio Humanities' Speakers Bureau proudly sponsored: The Community Within: Discovering African American History in Rural Ohio at the Cleveland Public Library February 27 by Ric Sheffield, a professor of legal studies and sociology at Kenyon College. He discussed reclaiming the lost history of African-Americans in Knox county. Many rural areas of Ohio have long-established black communities that are often invisible to the larger communities in which they reside. He will addressed how American communities - urban and rural - continually evolve.


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