Ohio History Connection Celebrates Black History Month

By Ohio History Connection February 4, 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, Ohio History Connection invites you to take part in special programming. Presented in partnership with several of the organization’s historic sites, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, all programming is virtual and free for Ohio History Connection members unless noted. Advanced registration is required. 

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Ohio History Center programming

Connecting Cultures: Masks, Identity, and Community, Sat., Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
Join Rosa Rojas, lead curator at National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, as she explores the work of Ohio African American artists Willis “Bing” Davis and Queen Brooks. Viewers will learn about three distinct African cultures and create an African mask. This program is recommended for children 5+ and their families. Register HERE.

Underground Railroad Immersive Experience, Sat., Feb. 13, 10 a.m.
It's 1859 and the nation is on the brink of Civil War. Participants will observe and talk to residents from Ohio Village to understand the Underground Railroad and identify the secret “conductor.” Through the use of highly researched first-person interpreters, participants are able to experience the moral and social struggles surrounding the anti-slavery movement. This program is recommended for children 11+ and their families. Register HERE.

Evolution of American Cuisine, Thurs., Feb. 18, 7 p.m.

During this discussion we’ll delve into the culinary traditions of three groups of people who have influenced the American cuisine we know today, enslaved people, immigrants and Indigenous peoples.. The discussion will be led by food historian Michael Twitty, the author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, Sarah Lohman, historian and author of the best-selling book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, and Masami and Ty Smith from the Native American Indian Center of Ohio. Register HERE. Free/Ohio History Connection premium members. $5/Ohio History Connection Member. $20/ General Public.

Snapshot: The Power of Protest, Sat., Feb. 20, 10 a.m.
Snapshot! Power of Protest is an interactive program where attendees will be taught to think like historians and analyze historic photographs to learn more about the past. This program focuses on the Civil Rights Movement and encourages students to think deeply on social justice topics both in the past and present. Register HERE.

About the Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, and local history office and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio. Support for Ohio History Connection programs comes from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. For more information, visit