SOHC Upcoming Closures

Hello friends! The History Center will have a few changes to our hours in the next week. We will be closed on 5/28/22 for Memorial Day weekend. SOHC will close early (1PM) on June 1st and be closed all day Saturday, June 4th, for our annual meeting. These updates are

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Night at the Museum

Who will you meet at Night at the Museum? Night at the Museum will be a fun, interactive family event at the Southeast Ohio History Center on May 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Our goal is to showcase our region’s rich cultural and racial diversity through first person interpretation

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From Farm to Table Exhibit Opening

From Farm to Table is on display now at the History Center! This exhibit, in collaboration with the Athens Farmers Market, celebrates the rich agriculture and food culture of our region. We’ve put some of our favorite artifacts on display, including a fanning mill used for winnowing grain that was

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The General and Dennis James at SOHC!

Join us Wednesday, April 13th and enjoy our showing of The General, along with Dennis James’s accompaniment on the organ! Famed actor Buster Keaton produced and starred in this 1927 silent film. It is widely regarded as a highly entertaining movie that was inspired by a true story. The General

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Walking Tours of the Historic Asylum Grounds

2022 Asylum Tour Dates! Are you looking for an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy? SOHC is happy to announce our list of dates for walking tours of the Athens Asylum! Join long-time Appalachian Behavioral Health employee and Athens Asylum advocate, George Eberts, for an engaging tour of

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OhioHealth Virtual Event Video!

OhioHealth Virtual Event now on Youtube! This summer, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital is celebrating 100 years of service to residents of southeast Ohio. The past century has been marked by rapid advancements in medicine as well as growth within the city of Athens and surrounding communities. We invite you to join

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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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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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