The 200Columbus Celebrations committee is developing a variety of special events to celebrate the city’s Bicentennial, including the February Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, activities surrounding July 4 and a series of events in late September and early October, culminating with a downtown parade Columbus Day weekend. For information, contact Emily Rhodes at ERhodes@gcac.org
Columbus History/Bicentennial Book
The Columbus Chamber partnered with the City of Columbus to publish the official commemorative history for the Columbus Bicentennial in 2012. The book, published in late 2011 and titled Historic Columbus: A Bicentennial History, was written by local historian and educator, Ed Lentz. It gives a fresh perspective on Columbus’ history as the city looks back the last two centuries.
This coffee table book contains hundreds of photographs, illustrations, maps and other images, many of which have never before been in print.
A unique part of Historic Columbus is the “Sharing The Heritage” section, written by local freelancers, which includes the histories of many of Columbus’ leading corporations and organizations which have played a role in the development and economic strength of the city.
The book sells for $49.95 and is available through the Chamber, the City of Columbus and also at area book stores.
Columbus Historical Society
For the Bicentennial, the Columbus Historical Society will serve as a focal point for the collection and dissemination of Columbus history. In early 2012, CHS moved to a new permanent exhibit space at COSI and opened a new interactive exhibit showcasing Columbus’ unique past. Other projects include publications, web-based and print educational information, and increased community outreach. In addition, research projects will coincide with the Bicentennial.
Columbus Memory Project
The Columbus Memory Project is an online archive of Columbus history. A collaborative project between the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Historical Society, it provides access to thousands of images, primary documents, maps and artifacts about Columbus, Ohio. Anyone with Internet access can view the pieces and search the collection for specific items or by topic or time period. The information also is organized into a time-line that highlights important moments in the city’s history.
Columbus Neighborhoods (WOSU Documentary Series)
“Columbus Neighborhoods” is a documentary series produced by WOSU about various neighborhoods that make up Columbus.
Television series debut schedule: Short North (March 2010), German Village (Autumn 2010), King-Lincoln (2011), Olde Towne East (2011), University District (2011), and Franklinton/Downtown (February 2012).
Two volumes of this textbook will be published for elementary school students: Volume 1 will provide a history up until the year 1913 and Volume 2 will deal with events that have occurred 1913-present.