We’ve missed you! We’re looking forward to welcoming you back on Wednesday, August 12th!

  What an emotional ride these last few months have been. From all of us at the History Center, we hope that you are continuing to stay safe and healthy. We have certainly missed seeing you and we are thrilled to be reopening our doors on Wednesday, August 12th. We

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Ohio University promotional film, 1930s

Silent B&W film containing scenes on the campus of Ohio University and in the City of Athens, Ohio, in the very early 1930s. https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=q2cRdksD8OQ    

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Booker T. Washington Historical Marker Dedication

On 18 October 2008 an historical marker was dedicated in Athens, Ohio, in front of the house on W. Washington Street where Booker T. Washington married his second wife, Olivia Davidson. The copy from the reads thus: Front In this house, on 11 August 1886, famed African-American educator Booker T.

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COVID-19 History Project

At the Southeast Ohio History Center, we believe that our region’s history is significant and worthy of preservation. We also know that history starts today. Amid the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak of 2019-2020, the Southeast Ohio History Center is collecting stories from the region of southeast Ohio and Appalachia, including oral histories,

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ALL MARCH EVENTS POSTPONED – History Center is Open

The History Center will remain open from 10:00 to 4:00, Wednesday through Saturday, and our Genealogy Library will be open Wednesday And Friday 10:00 to 2:00, but we have postponed our March events. As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio, we wanted you to know that

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History on Tap at Jackie O’s Taproom Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Who says history only belongs in a museum? Join Tom O’Grady and History Center staff members for a few pints with us as fellow history geeks as we bring history to the masses! Come meet new friends and share lively discussions every second Tuesday!

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100 Years of Change: An International Perspective – March 8, 2020

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a panel discussion of women’s issues at the History Center. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the League of Women Voters Athens County and the Ohio University Department of History! 2PM to 4PM  

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10,000 Feet for Freedom: Ohio’s 1912 Women’s Suffrage Parade – March 26, 2020 5:30PM to 7:30PM

  Join us at the History Center on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM In 1850-1851, the men of Ohio held a Constitutional Convention. They thought the 1802 Constitution needed updating. Ohio women agreed whole-heartily. They immediately convened four equal suffrage conventions in Columbiana, Morgan, and Morrow counties. They collected petitions

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Finding Manasseh with Ann Fidler – Thursday, February 20 5:30PM-7:30PM

  Join us at the History Center on Thursday, February 20, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM. To date, Manasseh Cutler’s life has been rendered selectively by proud descendants or glancingly by historians using broad strokes. What is missing is a full and frank account of a man who was by turns brilliant, anxious,

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History On Tap – February 11, 2020 5PM-7PM

Who says history only belongs in a museum? Join us on Tuesday, February 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Jackie O’s Taproom, 25 Campbell St., Athens OH, for a few pints with us as fellow history geeks!

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HOLIDAY HOURS

        Happy Holidays from the Board and Staff at the Southeast Ohio History Center. The History Center offices will close Friday, December 20, 2019 at 4 PM and Open on January 2, 2020 10 AM. The Museum and Store will close at 4 PM  on December 21,

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NEW PRODUCTS

The Museum Gift Shop has added new items to the inventory. These are just a few items that we have added. Stop by today or visit the online store to make your purchase today. Take home a piece of history and support us while doing it. We have something for

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Historic Walking Tour Athens Asylum – December 15, 2019 2PM

  Walking Tour of the Historic Athens Asylum You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2019, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option! Tour the famous Athens Asylum during its sesquicentennial year (1868-2018). Meet at the Kennedy Museum of Art, in

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The Local Girls Concert – December 8, 2019 3:30 PM

                The Local Girls’ popularity is anything but local. The Athens, Ohio-based trio’s three-part harmony and engaging delivery has won them fans across the Midwest and even at the White House. The Local Girls have opened for Chubby Checker, accompanied David Bromberg, performed

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Speaker Series – December 12, 2019 5:30 PM Director of Arc of Appalachia to Speak About Ohio Forests at Southeast Ohio History Center

  Director of Arc of Appalachia to Speak About Ohio Forests at Southeast Ohio History Center The Southeast Ohio History Center is presenting the final installment of its Landscape of Community 2019 Speaker Series on Thursday evening at 5:30pm on December 12th. Nancy Stranahan, the Director of the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System,

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BLACK FRIDAY ONLY SALE 10AM – 4PM

BLACK FRIDAY 10- 4 while supplies last. Growing Up In Athens Package $75 IN-STORE ONLY . This package includes the Growing Up In Athens book, that will not be reprinted, History Center Tote Bag, Mike’s Book-A sketchbook of Athens, Athens Then and Now. VERY LIMITED SUPPLIES. NO ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS TAKEN.

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Speaker Series – Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics: the Ohio KKK in the 1920s

For our fifth installment in the Landscape of Community Speaker Series, the Southeast Ohio History Center welcomes William Trollinger of the University of Dayton on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:30PM. Having virtually disappeared in the late nineteenth century, the Ku Klux Klan exploded onto the national in the early

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Fort Gower Historic Marker Dedication – November 10, 2019

Join the Southeast Ohio History Center for our first marker dedication! The marker commemorates the site of Fort Gower and the signing of the Fort Gower Resolves on Sunday November 10, 2019 at 2:00PM. The marker will be placed in the cemetery across from the Hockingport United Methodist Church located

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Annual Fundraiser Sponsors

Today is the day! The Hunchback of Notre Dame, silent Film and Organ concert with Dennis James. Tickets are still available at the front desk. $50 for Members and $60 for Non Members. A Huge Thanks to All Our Sponsors. Without your support this event wouldn’t be possible.  

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