Our Big Move!

With a new year comes a new space. Come 2017, the Columbus Historical Society will be moving! Our move is being made in conjunction with COSI’s new partnership with the American Museum of Natural History which will utilize the existing Columbus Historical Society space, WOSU Studios, and the COSI Adventure Exhibit space, as part of a plan to bring two new exhibition areas to COSI; an American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery and a museum Exhibition Gallery. We are moving to a new location and focusing on adding some new and exciting programs. Make sure to visit the Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories and the Red Cross of Central Ohio: A Century of Service exhibits this month.  December 30th, 2016 is our museum's last day. More details to come in future newsletter issues!

Wrapping Up 2016

This year, we were able to host over 30,000 guests, run 25 city-wide bus tours, provide college-student interns with invaluable work experience, collaborate with local partners and organizations for the Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories and the Red Cross of Central Ohio: A Century of Service exhibits, and complete the processing of the "Columbus Mayors" collection. None of this would have been possible without your continued support. With 2017 and some exciting changes right around the corner, we would ask you to consider making a donation. Your tax-deductible donations will have an immediate impact and enables us to continue serving community through historical information, research, and exhibits.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library Presents: State Auto Holiday Lights

Written By: Chuck Cody
State Auto BuildingAmong the holiday traditions Central Ohioans enjoy is the elaborate Christmas decorations that adorn the headquarters of State Auto Insurance at 518 East Broad Street each year. The tradition began in 1931 when the company’s founder and president, Bob Pein had the Home Office decorated lavishly for the season. For the 1932 display, eight electricians worked around the clock for week to install a display featuring 2,568 lights and 853 Christmas trees. In 1934, the 8,000 lights and a 16 foot high church on top of the building were features of the exhibit. “Santa Claus Towne” was created on top of the building including a huge castle with Santa Claus, animatronic elves, and requiring some 18 miles of wiring. This year choirs perform on Friday and Saturday evenings in December until Christmas. Robert Smyrl Pein (11/1891-12/22/1956) founded State Auto Insurance in November, 1920 and was president of the firm 1921-1956. 

Click on the images to learn more about the State Auto Building or Robert Pein from the Columbus Metropolitan Library's website.

Senior Times Presents: St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Written By: Richard Barrett  
"Postcard From Columbus" is Richard Barrett’s monthly column in the Senior Times. Richard is a board member of the Columbus Historical Society and provides unique insight on the history of the city. The current issue features St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
“In the latter half of the 19th century, with the continued influx of German Catholics into the south end of Columbus, now German Village, there arose interest in establishing a Catholic church and school nearer to those parishioners. Holy Cross (Columbus’ first Catholic church) purchased land for such a church on South Third Street and St Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church was opened in a temporary structure (now the Specht Parish Center) in 1865. The first priest was the newly ordained Francis X. Sprecht.” Read the rest of Barrett’s Postcard From Columbus in this month's issue of Senior Times on page 4.

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