September 29: 6th Annual Steampunk Spectacle

Lace up your corsets! Put on your top hats! Fasten your goggles! The 6th Annual Steampunk Spectacle is coming to Athens! The Steampunk Spectacle is a free, family-friendly celebration of the Victorian science fantasy genre. Daytime events will take place at the Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens from

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September 16: Schedule for Athens Asylum Walking Tours

Join us for our next Athens Asylum Walking Tour on Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 PM! 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

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September 14: Ohio Open Doors Behind the Scenes Tour

Join History Center curator, Jessica Cyders, for a behind the scenes tour of our collections on Friday, September 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Tours leave from the front desk at 5:15 and 6:15. The History Center is proud to partner with the Ohio History Connection, the State Historic Preservation

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September 6: State Street Art Walk

Join us for another great evening of art and family activities on Thursday, September 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Gallery hop from Arts West, to the History Center, Casa Nueva, and Passion Works Studio. While you’re at the History Center, be sure to engage with Elise Mitchell Sanford’s beautiful exhibit,

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The Healing Landscape of the Athens Asylum with Dr. Katherine Ziff

Join us for the next installment of the Athens Asylum Sesquicentennial Speaker Series Thursday, August 23rd at 6:00 PM at the History Center!   The Athens Asylum rose from a landscape on which, two thousand years earlier, Native Americans known as the Adena built burial mounds deeply imbued with religious,

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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Real Ghosts of the Athens Asylum

Thursday, October 18 6:00 PM How many ghosts can haunt a building at once? The Athens Asylum is consistently ranked near the top of the most haunted buildings in Ohio. Every year it draws thousands of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of a ghost, but who are the real

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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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