Cliff Eckle, Curator of History at the Ohio Historical Society and team lead of the War of 1812 exhibit says, “Ohio has always played an important role in supporting America’s war efforts but only rarely have the battlefields been close to home. During the War of 1812, Ohio was the site of some of the most significant battles. This exhibit will include artifacts and archival materials that showcase Ohio’s pivotal place at this crucial point in America’s history.”
Three themes will be featured in the exhibit: Ohio Raises An Army, with a brief introduction to the War of 1812, muster rolls, diary entries, and maps; Defending Ohio’s Borders including trail and fort maps, and firearms; the Legacy of the War of 1812 showcasing a peace pipe and a wampum belt.
“There are many layers and points of view in the stories of this battle.” said Sharon Dean, director of Museum and Library Services, Ohio Historical Society. “So, in addition to visiting this exhibit at the Ohio History Center, we encourage you to visit Ft Meigs, Put-in-Bay, and read more about the legacy of the War of 1812 for the Native American tribes who lived in Ohio.” Links on the Ohio Historical Society website direct you to collections at the Society related to the War of 1812 as well as other resources. http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/portal/WarOf1812/WarOf1812.shtml
About the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio History Center:
Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving, and interpreting Ohio’s history, archeology, and natural history. The society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 50+ sites and within its 250,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Ohio History Center is open Wed.-Sat., 10-5 pm and Sun. noon-5 pm. The Archives/Library on the third floor of the Ohio History Center is open: Wed.-Sat, 10-5 pm. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations, and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312, email@example.com.