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Meet a 19th-century canal-boat cook, tour the new exhibit Controversy 2, see Buster Keaton in the silent movie Hard Luck, watch base ball played by 1860s rules and learn about Warren Harding's campaign for president, all at the Ohio History Center in coming weeks.

Visit the Ohio History Center in coming weeks and enjoy the following programs free with museum admission:

Fridays
Friday, March 30, 2012, 11 a.m.
Preschool Activity: Musical Instruments
Preschoolers can learn about musical instruments and play one in a marching band.

Saturdays
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 1 and 3 p.m.
Sarah Emma Edmonds, "Our Woman, Civil War Nurse and Spy"
Meet Sarah Edmonds, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Civil War, and hear of her life as a soldier, nurse and spy. Portrayed by Rhonda Frum.

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2 p.m.
The Sounds of Music
Learn how music of the 1900s-1920s changed the role of women for the flapper generation.

Saturday, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2012, 1 and 3 p.m.
Echoes in Time Theatre
Pink Teas and Frying Pans: A Cook's Life on the Canal

Hear stories from a cook who worked canal boats carrying travelers to Ohio's frontier, portrayed by Anna Steffen.

Saturday, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2012, 2 p.m.
Staff Talk: The Darktown Prints from the Exhibit Controversy 2
Get in-depth information about the Currier & Ives Darktown prints on display in the exhibit Controversy 2.

Saturdays at noon through Dec. 30
Controversy 2 Exhibit Tour

Sundays
Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2 p.m.
Small Talks: Benjamin Hanby and His Family
One of the best-known Civil War songs, Darling Nelly Gray, came from Ohio composer Benjamin Hanby. Discover the story behind this powerful tune with Pam Allen of Westerville's Hanby House.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2 p.m.
Vintage Base Ball Home Opener
See our Ohio Village Muffins play the Cincinnati Buckeyes by 19th-century rules.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2 p.m.
The National Road/Zane Grey Museum
Learn how the National Road helped open Ohio and the West, with Kathryn Miller of the National Road/Zane Grey Museum.

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 2 p.m.
Silent Movie: Buster Keaton in Hard Luck
See Hard Luck starring Buster Keaton, accompanied live on a theatre organ as it was originally screened (1921, 22 minutes) and enjoy free popcorn.

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 2 p.m.
Warren Harding and the Harding Home
Learn about Warren Harding's run for the presidency. Sherry Hall of Marion's Harding Home shows a recent video on his life, including newsreel footage of his unusual front porch campaign.

Sundays at 3 p.m. through Dec. 30
Controversy 2 Exhibit Tour

More Upcoming Programs
Call the number after each program below to register for these Ohio History Center events in coming weeks.

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Titanic Steerage Supper
Observe the centennial of the Titanic's fateful voyage with dinner based on a real menu served to Third Class passengers in 1912. $60, $50/Ohio Historical Society member. Reservations accepted until sold out or through Tuesday, April 10. 800.686.1541.

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10 a.m.-noon
Genealogy Workshop: Understanding the Probate Process
Probate files can be genealogy gold mines. Get to know the probate process and related legal terms, learn about land records and find out how to mine other kinds of court documents for family history. $20, $15/Ohio Historical Society member. Register online or call 614.297.2510.

Saturdays, April 21 and May 19, 2012, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Civil War Clothing Workshop: 1860s Work Dress
Make a simple 1860s work dress that'll teach you all the steps and techniques you'll need to make any other 1860s dress. $120, advance registration required. More upcoming workshops: Man's Shirt (June 16, $60), Bonnets (Aug. 18, $60). Registration fee does not include cost of materials, patterns or notions. 800.686.1541.

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10 a.m.-noon
Genealogy Workshop: How to Research Objects and Care for Them
Learn how objects can help you understand the people you've documented in your research and how to search for items of interest in our Online Collection Catalog. Find out how to care for items that have been in your family for generations and how to learn the history of them. Have an object that you're particularly curious about? Bring it and our curators will assist you. $20, $15/Ohio Historical Society member. Register online or call 614.297.2510.

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 7-9:30 p.m.
The Pleasure of the Cup: Drinks of the Speakeasy
Travel back to a world of "blind pigs," bathtub gin and flappers. Enjoy music and dancing and sample some favorite drinks of the Prohibition era in Ohio Village buildings, but watch out for the Anti-Saloon League or, worse, the police! Must be 21. $25, $20/Ohio Historical Society member. 800.686.1541.

Now Showing
See these exhibits and others, plus permanent exhibits on Ohio history and natural history, all free with Ohio History Center museum admission:

Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Talk About

The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute From the Civil War to the War in Iraq

Following in Ancient Footsteps

Over Here, Over There
Discover why we fight, how war changes us and how we remember, through hundreds of war mementos.

Follow the Flag
See real Civil War battle flags.

Connecting to Your History
Explore and share family history.

Buildings, Places & Spaces
Learn about using the past to shape the future by preserving historic places and capitalizing on local history.

Ohio History Center Museum Hours and Admission
The Ohio History Center museum is now open five days a week: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. (closed Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012). Ohio History Center museum admission is $10/adult; $9/senior (age 60+); $5/youth (ages 6-12); Free/Ohio Historical Society member; Free/child (age 5 and under).

The Ohio History Center's third floor research room -- a great place to do genealogy or history research -- is open four days a week: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Research Room is closed Sundays-Tuesdays.

Click here for more information about visiting the Ohio History Center or call 800.686.6124

Click here to make a secure online contribution.

Photo of the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Photo of a boat on the Miami and Erie Canal at Waterville, Ohio, in 1882. Learn about life on the canal during the one-woman Echoes In Time Theatre performance 'Pink Teas and Frying Pans: A Cook's Life on the Canal' Saturdays in April at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Photo of an early 20th-century toy bowling set with pins depicting various ethnic and racial groups in stereotypical caricatures, from the Ohio History Center exhibit 'Controversy 2: Pieces We Donít Talk About.' Photo of Benjamin Hanby (1833-1867), composer of the song 'Darling Nelly Gray.' Learn more about Hanby during 'Benjamin Hanby and His Family' Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Oho History Center in Columbus. Photo of Warren and Florence Kling Harding waving from the front porch of their Marion, Ohio, home in 1920. Learn about Harding's front porch campaign for the presidency during 'Warren Harding and the Harding Home' on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. Photo of the porch of the Harding Home in Marion, Ohio, site of Warren Harding's 1920 front porch campaign for president of the United States. Learn more about Harding's campaign during 'Warren Harding and the Harding Home' Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Entrance to the office of the Probate Judge at the 1858 Ross County Courthouse in Chillicothe, Ohio. 'Understanding the Probate Process' is the subject of an April 21, 2012, genealogy workshop at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Photo of a woman wearing a simple 1860s-style dress. Learn how to make an 1860s work dress during the Civil War Clothing Workshop Saturdays April 12 and May 19, 2012, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Photo of reenactors preparing for 'Drinks of the Speakeasy' at Ohio Village in Columbus on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
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