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. 

Desiree Buechner was the only person at the Ohio State Fair I met who thought Columbus had an accent.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Steve Pickett is fascinated by accents. “It tells you a lot about somebody,” he says.

A Cleveland native, Pickett moved to Columbus a decade ago for business school at The Ohio State University. After arriving, however, he was struck more by what he didn’t hear.

An effort is underway to save an endangered earthwork in Butler County before it's potentially sold to developers Sept. 28.

The Lasting Power Of Downton Abbey

Sep 11, 2019
Courtesy of Masterpiece

The U.S. premiere of the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey in January 2016 drew a whopping 9.9 million viewers, making the British television series one of the most popular PBS programs ever.  


The historical drama follows a family of aristocrats and their servants from the sinking of the Titanic in April, 1912 to New Years Eve, 1925.  


The stars of the show return on September 20,  but this time on the big screen, four years later. 


Bob Saffold with the proclamation that made Labor Day a holiday.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The state is honoring two men from Ohio who helped make Labor Day a national holiday more than 100 years ago.

Scenic rollercoaster in Minerva Park, which was open from 1895 to 1902.
Columbus Railway Company / Columbus Metropolitan Library

On Columbus’s North East side, there is one residential area that doesn't look or feel like any of the surrounding neighborhoods. It's called Minerva Park, and it's actually an enclave completely surrounded by municipal Columbus.

The Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128 in the Old North is actually a social club that dates back to the 1700s.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Caitlin McGurk lives in Clintonville. Every day on her way into work, she passes a sign on High Street in the Old North: "Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128."

Storycorps And Oral History

Jul 23, 2019

Sixteen years ago, broadcast producer Dave Isay started a nonprofit to record, save and share the stories of Americans.

StoryCorps since then has become a phenomenon, preserving some 250,000 recordings at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

While StoryCorps is in Columbus this month, we talk about the art of storytelling with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and others.