2018 Schedule for Athens Asylum Walking Tours

NEXT ASYLUM TOUR IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 2018 You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2018, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option! ALL REGULAR ASYLUM TOURS WILL BE HELD ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 2:00PM-4:00PM UNLESS OTHERWISE

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“Architects of the Athens Asylum”- Schofield Architecture Program Coming in February

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00pm, Executive Director Tom O’Grady will present; Architects of the Athens Asylum: The Architectural and Sculptural Legacy of Levi Tucker Scofield , a program that will focus on the extraordinary genius of architects Levi T. Schofield and Herman Haerlin. Where: Southeast Ohio History Center, 24

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Irish and Celtic music on board for the next ‘Spirits and Soul’ Concert Series Friday, March 2nd.

In honor of our Irish and Scottish immigrant ancestors, we will feature the melodic sounds of John Sherman and Randy Clepper. John Sherman and Randy Clepper are two acclaimed performers of Irish traditional music from central Ohio.  Both are consummate multi-instrumentalists, and together they perform arranged Irish and Celtic tunes

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“The Athens Asylum- 150 Years of a Healing Landscape” Exhibit Opens in March

For 150 years, the Athens Asylum has been one of our region’s most notable institutions and complex of buildings. Construction began in 1868.  The original cost of construction was $621,000 (equivalent to $15 million today). This facility was not just a hospital. It was its own small community consisting of

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Book search now available online for The Levering Library and The Jim and Shirley Hayes Genealogy Center

You can now search for any of our books online through our new system. You can search by name, author, title or keyword. We will be adding additional searchable holdings in the future. To access the data bank, click here;  Library/Genealogy Book search: Some examples of the searchable books include:

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Congrats to Stephanie Goldsberry for finishing the Pappy Mitchell Puzzle!

We started a new trend here at the History Center during the holiday season- we put out a puzzle for visitors to try their hand at while here at the Center. Many worked on the puzzle during visits, some at events like concerts and others in their spare time. Stephanie

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Remember These Great Old Time Toys?

These tin wind-up toys were the modern technology of the mid-century. Anyone from the Baby Boomer generation and back will remember playing with these great wind-up toys! We found a distributor who shops the world for vintage tin toys so we’ve stocked the shelves with all the great ones, from

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An Ode to the Humble Athens Brick

Emerson Thoreau’s thoughtful contemplation on the history of the bricks of Athens. Thoreau has put into words what great meaning our original brick streets have to the past and to the future The link below will take you to a YouTube video created by Emerson Thoreau. Take a look- we

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Growing Up in Athens- a huge success story~

When the committee for the Growing Up in Athens book project first met, we had no idea first, if we could even make this book happen, and second, that it would ever be as wildly popular as it has become.  We started out with 1100 books the week of Thanksgiving

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Access Historical Photos, Maps and Documents through Ohio Memory

We now have archived images that are available to you online! Through a partnership with the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, archival images from the Athens County Historical Society and Museum/Southeast Ohio History Center are accessible through The Ohio Memory Project. Ohio Memory Website Southeast Ohio

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Online History Shop Now Open

You can now purchase all your favorite History Shop items online! Find your Athens Asylum tee shirts, pint glasses, posters and books, Southeast Ohio related books and reference material Growing Up in Athens, A Collection of Memories book Local art work Brew Week and Ohio is HOME products and tee

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Sam Jones Honored at Ohio Statehouse

Sam Jones, of Glouster, was recognized by Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area and Heritage Ohio with the inaugural Sam Jones Model Citizen Award at the 7th Annual Appalachian Heritage Luncheon in the Ohio Statehouse. Jones was recognized for being a role model for citizens of all ages in Trimble Township

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Joanne Prisley, Our Hero

In honor of the passing of our beloved Joanne Prisley, we found this Athens News article from 2008 and wanted to share it with all of you. To read the Athens News web page article please click here Athens News Original Article Joanne was an amazing woman, a boundless source

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Regional Brick Exhibit Showing Now

In the 1800’s, Bricks were the backbone of our region. Clay found in great abundance here in the Appalachian hills created the perfect location for brick factories, which sprung up in many places, with many faces. Made from Southeast Ohio is our new exhibit focused on all the different, unique

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Library and Genealogy Center Now Open!

The Library and Genealogy Research Center is now open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 2:00pm. We are working hard to add staff and volunteers to allow us to be open more hours to serve you, our welcome visitors! We continue to unpack and set up the last boxes

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The Athens News 40th Anniversary Book is in stock now-

Ah, the memories- 40 years of Athens culture, as recorded by Athens only lasting free news paper The Athens A News. That’s “A” for alternative, which it very much was in the beginning years. The Athens News still has a long standing reputation for in depth, hard hitting news stories that

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The Ohio University Marching 110: 50 Years of Funk Exhibit Open Now!

  Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Most Exciting Band in the Land!  Whether you are an O.U. Alumni, a band fan or just love the music, there is an explosion of historic photos, memorabilia, videos, sound recordings, uniforms, instruments and much more to bring back that “Funk” to

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Coolville History book now available!

The 5th edition of The History of Coolville is now available in the Museum Shop and by mail order.  After two years, the 5th edition is done and filled with additional information, great photos along with the historical information contained in previous editions. This new edition contains 155 pages and

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Award winning Gramma Gatewood book now available in our gift shop!

“When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike” is an inspiring story, imparting the notion that an action as basic as walking for pleasure could result in a feat for the record books.” — Booklist Named Best Nonfiction Picture Book of 2016 by School Library  Journal- It took her two tries, but

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50 Best Things to do in Athens

Love Athens? Want to find great things to do and places to eat? Then check out The 50 Best Things to Do in Athens, Ohio blog- and, of course, the Southeast Ohio History Center IS one of the best 50 things to do! Click here to read blog

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