Ohio Humanities e-Newsletter | July 2017 


The Ohio Chautauqua troupe presented its final 2017 performance in Milan before a full house on July 1.  Across the state, audiences eager to explore The Natural World filled the tent to engage inconversations with marie Curie, Dian Fossey, Mary Shelley, Cornstalk, and Teddy Roosevelt.  "This was a great tour," said Missy Ricksecker, the tour coordinator. "We had enthusiastic audiences, nearly perfect weather, and gracious hospitality in every town!"

Representative David Joyce took time out from his busy US House schedule to attend the program in Burton. 

The 2018 Ohio Chautauqua will present
Modern Legends: America in the Mid-20th Century.  The troupe will include Americans whose legacies touched the modern imagination.
Marie Curie captivated audiences with stories of discovery and public service.

Warren set the record again when 810 people visited with Teddy Roosevelt. More than 8,400 people attended programs in Burton, Clifton, Warren, and Milan.

Learn how to capture the stories of your community, your neighborhood!

Ohio Humanities and the Columbus Metropolitan Library invite community members who are interested in recording the history of Columbus neighborhoods to take part in an Oral History training workshop on August 12, 2017 at the Columbus Main Library.

Capturing stories through oral history helps to go beyond written documents to provide personal stories about past. From debates about school desegregation to building of Interstate 71, many Columbus residents have their own stories to tell. Oral history allows community members from all walks of life to share their experiences with authenticity and nuance. Help us capture this untold history.  

Participants will receive instruction on interviewing techniques, recording technology, and project design. Additional training and recording resources for preserving your stories may be made available for selected interviews courtesy of Columbus Metropolitan Library and Ohio Humanities. After this introductory workshop on August 12, participants will be invited to attend sessions on August 17 and 24 to work on specific projects.

The workshop is open to all members of the Columbus community, no previous experience is required.  A small fee of $25 will cover workshop materials and lunch. Advance registration is required.

To register, please send your name, contact information, and reason for attending via email to Jim Calder at jimc@ohiohumanities.org or by calling 614-461-7802. Registration deadline is August 1 , 2017.

This project is made possible with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities through its Legacy of Race and Ethnicity initiative.


Don't miss these fascinating Ohio Humanities-sponsored projects and events 
Ashland Chautauqua
Be inspired to "sit at the front" for Ashland's 18th annual Chautauqua July 18-22nd.  The Voices of Courage theme features Rosa Parks on July 18th at 7pm and other notable figures throughout the week. Check out the schedule of events. 

Rossford Chautauqua
Chautauqua Rossford 2017 and Riverfest will be held July 19-23 and features a five day program Seeds of Change: America in the Early 20th Century with keynote performance Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. For details,read more here.

Short North Alliance

Be sure to register early for the highly popular Six Word Stroll and Share held August 27th and September 3rd in the Short North neighborhood in Columbus.  Tour up to four nearby murals and engage in docent-led conversations about mural themes. Tours are followed by a 90 minute six word story writing workshop.  To register for the August tour, click HERE, and for the September tour, click HERE.
Lincoln School Exhibit in Hillsboro
Visit the Highland House Museum in Hillsboro to see the permanent exhibit which recounts the events of the 1950's boycott of the segregated Lincoln School. 
State Library of Ohio Bicentennial
Celebrate 200 years of library service to Ohio by visiting the State Library's digital exhibit in Columbus.  Currently on display are rare photographs, materials and documents that span two hundred years of state government and library service. Click HERE to learn more.
The William C. Quantrill Symposium, Dover
Dover native William C. Quantrill was a deadly Civil War Confederate guerilla.  A July 28th and 29th public symposium closely examines his exploits and the rich history of the mid-nineteenth century period during which he lived.  Click HERE for times and event information. 


Grant deadlines have recently been released for our upcoming year. Please click HERE for information on the major types of grants Ohio Humanities funds, how to determine eligibility, and how to apply online. Keep in mind that a draft must be submitted before the grant proposal deadline. Funding cultural programs around the state is one way Ohio Humanities helps create and sustain vibrant communities.
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