Illustration of the ancient earthworks of Circleville, Ohio.
Caleb Atwater / Description of the Antiquities Discovered in the State of Ohio and Other Western States

Circleville, Ohio was established over 200 years ago, but the land where it sits has a cultural history that goes back much further.

Archival photo of German Village street.
German Village Society

Columbus’s historic German Village neighborhood certainly has its fair share of stately mansions, but the area is better known for its small “cozy” brick cottages.

The 1.5 million-year-old fossils of human ancestors recently unearthed in Ethiopia show sophistication in behaviors and tool use, said the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) researchers who found them, despite one example having the smallest cranium of any specimen found in Africa to date.

One Homo erectus female cranium found is a little less than half the size of our brains, said CWRU anatomy professor Scott Simpson, who worked with the team that discovered the fossils.

Sign for Riva Ridge Boulevard in Gahanna.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The names given to towns, buildings, and streets can often indicate a lot about a community's history. It can also reveal some unsettling connections.

Wikipedia is a well-known first stop on the internet when it comes to researching just about anything - except, perhaps, notable women. Not only are 84% to 92% of editors on the site male, but the vast majority of Wikipedia profiles are about men, with fewer than 20% of pages devoted to women.

Statue of aviator Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
Broad & High / WOSU

Statues can be found all over Columbus. There’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, William Oxley Thompson by Ohio State University's main library, and of course the statue of Christopher Columbus himself in front of City Hall.

Slavery Reparations

Feb 18, 2020
A large woodcut image of an enslaved man appeared in an 1837 publication of an antislavery poem.
Library of Congress

The debate for reparations for African Americans and the descendants of slaves is one that has persisted since the official end of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

The next time you make a pit stop along the Ohio Turnpike, you can also get a little history lesson.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled Underground Railroad historical markers at two Ohio Turnpike rest areas Wednesday.

The first unveiling was at the Commodore Perry Service Plaza, an eastbound service stop in Clyde. The second was at the Portage Service Place, a westbound service stop in Mantua. Both locations were chosen because of ties to the Underground Railroad.

The History And Legacy Of American Slavery

Jan 20, 2020
A large woodcut image of an enslaved man appeared in an 1837 publication of an antislavery poem.
Library of Congress

Four hundred years ago, slavery officially began in America.

It started with the sale of 20 humans in Virginia. According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World before slavery was declared over in 1865.

Dan Faulkner is commander of the Ohio Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Clare Roth / WOSU

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ohio Department is holding their mid-winter conference in Columbus this weekend. As hundreds of vets milled about during Friday’s events on the North Side, so did a handful of people from a different profession: court stenographers.

Ohio History Connection To Offer Special MLK Day Programs

Jan 17, 2020
The Ohio History Center in Columbus
Sam Howzit / Fl

The Ohio History Connection is offering special hours and programs Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A recent effort to preserve a historic Native American earthwork in Butler County points to a broader effort to recognize and honor Ohio's early mound builders. Eight ancient earthworks sites dating to the Hopewell era comprise the USA's first Ohio-centric bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Map depicting American Indian trails in Ohio from the book "Archeological Atlas of Ohio," by William C. Mills
Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society / Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Before Europeans settled here, Ohio was home to many different indigeonous cultures. From the Adena and Hopewell people, who constructed massive earthworks such as the Serpent Mound, to the Lenape or Delaware people, who were forced from their lands on the East Coast by expanding colonies.

Some people want to avoid talking about politics while they load their Thanksgiving plates this Thursday. In need of another conversation starter? Try your family's history. Doing so can open up a world of information.

The History And Legacy Of Prohibition

Nov 7, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act,  which banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor in the U.S. 

In the era that came to be known as Prohibition, organized crime flourished, catapulting mobsters such as Al Capone into the national spotlight, and entrenching organized crime into the American political, criminal and social landscape.  

Thirteen years after the Volstead Act went into effect, it was repealed by the 21st Amendment. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the legacy of prohibition.