Genealogy Open House June 30th

Please come join us on Saturday, June 30th from 11:00am to 1:00pm for a day of learning how to look for long-lost ancestors, find out where you come from and why the genealogy craze has taken the country! Programs like “Who do You Think You Are?”, “Find your Roots” and

Continue reading

2018 Southeast Ohio History Center Annual Meeting June 24th

2018 Southeast Ohio History Center Annual Meeting Clay Haus Restaurant, 123 West Main Street, Somerset, Ohio June 24th from 1:30pm-3:30pm The members of the Southeast Ohio History Center and Athens Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society are invited to join us for our Annual Meeting held this year in Somerset,

Continue reading

The Art of Conflict: 2 Veterans Art Exhibit opens this Friday at the Majestic Gallery in Nelsonville

THE ART OF CONFLICT: 2 VETERANS USE OF ART DURING THE VIETNAM WAR Final Friday, May 25, 2018 Exhibit Opening 6PM-10PM Illustrations by Jon Jager Photography by Larry Burfield This exhibition will be comprised of illustrations and printed propaganda pieces of psychological operations (PsyOps) used in the war zone, contrasted

Continue reading

Januarus MacGahan, Liberator of Bulgaria Festival set for June

Coming June 9th and 10th- The MacGahan Festival in New Lexington, Ohio   The MacGahan American Bulgarian Foundation was begun by a small contingent of Bulgarian Americans from the Akron/Cleveland area. They came to New Lexington to encourage the local people to begin a commemoration to perpetuate the memory of

Continue reading

State Street Art Walk coming to the History Center

Join us Thursday, June 7th for the State Street Art Walk!  From 5:30pm to 8:30pm join us at the Southeast Ohio History Center to enjoy the art on display as well as art showing at Arts West, Casa Nueva and Passion Works Studio.  For more information go to Arts West

Continue reading

Free Admission to Service Personnel and Families through Blue Star Museum program

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer from Memorial

Continue reading

Sidewalk sales you don’t want to miss!

Great deals on books, jewelry, toys, totes, tee and so much more! Jewelry is 50% off during the sale so come and find amazing deals! Hand carved twisted walking sticks discounted 30% off, select pint glasses 40% off. You don’t want to miss this sale! We will be holding sidewalk

Continue reading

Join us for Armory Day in Athens on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00am.

Please come and be part of the dedication marker celebration at the Athens Armory, located at the junction of North Court and East Carpenter Street on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00am. Athens News Article on Armory Dedication The event will feature the unveiling of an Ohio Historical Marker commemorating

Continue reading

The Many Phantoms of the Kirkbride Hospitals

Join us on June 23rd as the the Southeast Ohio History Center welcomes its third speaker in the Athens Asylum Sesquicentennial Series, Dr. Robert Kirkbride. The presentation will be at The Ridges Auditorium and will begin at 2:00pm. Parking is available in front of Lin Hall. For more information, call

Continue reading

New Summer Hours for the Southeast Ohio History Center!

The Southeast Ohio History Center’s Exhibit space and Museum Store will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm during the summer beginning May 3, 2018. The Hayes Family Genealogy Research Center and the Levering Library are open on Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00am-2:00pm, or by appointment. Summer

Continue reading

Film Debut of New Video Documentary on Rendville

Tonight at the Tecumseh Theater in Shawnee- “Rendville: Across the Color Line” is a new video documentary by Burr Beard, MFA student in Media Communication Arts at Ohio University. Under the tutelage of Professors Art Cromwell and Brian Plow, Beard completed this work during Spring Semester 2018. The film debuts

Continue reading

“Our Town Athens” DVD by Evan Shaw available now

The highly anticipated “Our Town Athens” documentary is now available at the Southeast Ohio History Center. Southeast Ohio History Center board member Evan Shaw has done an amazing job of bringing the history of our town to life! This approximately one hour documentary follows the Native people as they migrated

Continue reading

New Buckeye Trail book available by Norm Fox

We now have Norm Fox’s new book on the Buckeye Trail in our Museum Store and Online! Ohio’s Buckeye Trail is the longest loop hiking trail in the United States. Following wooded footpaths, multipurpose trails, canal towpaths, country roads, rivers, and lake shores, the Buckeye Trail offers access to the

Continue reading

Blood, Brains, and Lobotomies

Join us Thursday, April 19th at 6:00pm for an evening with author Mindy McGinnis as she shares the research behind her Edgar Award-Winning Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET. Learn about how doctors treated brain injuries in the 1890’s and the different aspects of care for the mentally ill

Continue reading

Genealogy Program set for Monday, April 16th

Monday, April 16th from 7-8pm join guest speaker Tracy Hanning and the Athens County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society to learn more about the Hanings/Hanning families of Athens and Meigs County. Admission and parking is free for this program. For more information, call 740-592-2280

Continue reading

Online Museum Store Expanding

You can now purchase many of your favorite Museum Store 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 Exhibit items such as our Athens Asylum related

Continue reading

Spirits and Soul bring you Devilish Merry April 6th

This Friday it’s Devilish Merry live in concert here at the History Center! Come and have a great time with the awesome music of Devilish Merry and the most excellent spirits from Jackie O’s and Dutch Creek Winery. Doors open at 7:15, concert starts at 8pm and ends at 10pm.

Continue reading

East Elementary 6th Grade Writing Project Day a Big Success

East Elementary Sixth Grade had their Writer’s Celebration at the Southeast Ohio History Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. This was the culminating celebration of a writing project that began in January. Each student wrote a historical fiction story that was either inspired by or based on an interview he/she

Continue reading

“The Athens Asylum- 150 Years of a Healing Landscape” OPEN NOW!

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

Continue reading

Ancestry.com available now in Genealogy Library

The Jim and Shirley Hayes Genealogy Center is proud to announce that you can now research family history through Ancestry.com at our facility located at 24 W. State Street in Athens. You can access records, census records, birth/death/marriage records and much more. This information will be available in the library

Continue reading