Learn about commanders in chief at the Ohio History Center.
This Presidents Day, consider casting a vote for learning with a visit to the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
The Ohio History Connection's flagship museum will offer several events Feb. 19 that center on American presidents. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m., when visitors can launch their candidacy by making campaign ribbons and buttons. (The activity runs until 2 p.m.) The museum will have some historic political buttons from its collection on display to serve as inspiration, said Tom Wolf, communications manager for the museum.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., museum-goers can test their knowledge by participating in the “So You Think You Know Your Presidents” trivia challenge. Throughout the day, a photo booth and props will be available for visitors to create their own presidential likeness.
Re-enactors portraying Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln are scheduled to appear at noon and 1 p.m., respectively. They will share details about the men's lives and presidencies and also answer questions.
The Ohio History Center used to close on Presidents Day, but recently started offering special programming focused on presidential history and showcasing related items from its collection, Wolf said. The museum held a similar event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in mid-January. “It's a nice opportunity to bring people in,” Wolf said. “We know families are looking for something to do. We've tried to respond to that.”
While they're enjoying the Presidents Day events, Wolf encouraged visitors to check out the hands-on 1950s display, the natural history play area and the pioneer-themed cabin. “We have several exhibits that are here all the time that appeal to families,” he said.