Passport will help you explore Ohio History; enter photo contest

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FROM: The Free Press Standard

McCook House

The McCook family home in Carrollton Ohio.

Your “Passport to Your Ohio History” can begin at the McCook House Civil War Museum in Carrollton.

This summer, visitors to the Ohio Historical Society’s (OHS) 58 sites and attractions will have a new way to record their memories with the “Passport to Your Ohio History.”  Visitors can fill their passports by receiving special “I Visited” stickers at each site and answering treasure hunt-style questions related to the historic venues.

The McCook House Civil War Museum, located on Public Square, is one of the OHS sites.  The new passports are free and are available at all OHS sites, as well as Ohio Travel Information Centers, many highway rest stops and visitor’s bureau offices in counties where the 58 sites are located.

Anyone collecting all 58 stickers will qualify to be included in the Passport to Your Ohio History Hall of Fame at ohiohistory.org.

As part of the Passport to Your Ohio History program, an Ohio History Photo Contest is being held.  Visitors can take photos at their favorite historical sites and enter them for a chance to win.  The grand prize winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of the 2013 Ohio History Calendar and each month will feature one of the 12 runners up.  Complete details are available in each passport.

The McCook House Civil War Museum is a memorial of Ohio’s “Fighting McCooks.”  This Historic House was home to Major Daniel McCook, who with his nine sons and five sons of his brother became know as the “Fighting McCooks” because of their participation in the armed services of their country prior to and during the Civil War.  The federal style house has displays from the Civil War and each year has special displays of local history.  After a renovation in 2011, the house is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

Hours of operation are:  Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Labor Day through Second Weekend in October, the museum is open Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Thanksgiving Weekend features an open house all weekend with a candlelight tour Friday evening.    Admission is a suggested $3 donation.  For more information, visit http://www.carrollcountyohio.com or call 330-627-3345.

The Carroll County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is located at 61 N. Lisbon St., Carrollton, and can be reached at 330-627-0103 or 877-727-0103.

The Ohio Historical Society is a nonprofit organization who oversees a network of 58 historic sites across Ohio.  For more information, visit http://www.ohiohistory.org or call 800-686-6124.

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Letters to Azel: Civil War Letters from Father to Son

Staff Report
From: Ohio Civil War 150

JUNE 25: The Clinton County Genealogical Society invites you to a lecture about Letters to Azel: Civil War Letters from Father to Son on June 25th at 7:30 pm in the Clinton County Historical Society Meeting Room.  This book, compiled by the Sabina Historical Society, is a treasure trove of information about a small Northern town during the time of the Civil War, from the weather to prices and the interest rate at the local bank, as well as his opinions as a War Democrat about the way the Civil War should be run.  Perhaps most interestingly, Mr. Crumley, employed at the Auditor’s Office, seems to know everyone in the county and their business — and relates it all to his son!  The book has an index of almost 400 names that are used in these letters, a great resource for local historians and genealogists in Southwest Ohio!

The program will be presented by Sabina Historical Society members Sharon Roberts, Joy Shoemaker and Susanne Kenney, and is free and open to the public.

Details: Free and open to the public

Location: Clinton County Historical Society, 149 E. Locust Street, Wilmington OH 45177

For More Information: Email Susanne Kenney at spk4@dragonbbs.com

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The Wood County Historical Museum Presents: An evening with co-author Joshua Haugh

Staff report
From: Ohio civil War 150

Come and hear Mr. Haugh speak about the 21st OVI and their remarkable history. Learn about some of the famous men from the Infantry such as Tom Custer (brother of George Custer) and the men from Andrew’s Raid (the first Medal of Honor recipients). Refreshments will be provided.

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Andrew’s Raid of 1862

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From Ohio Civil War 150

Join the Greater Toledo Civil War Round Table and the City of McComb to commemorate Andrew’s Raid of 1862. A parade is planned, from the center of town to the cemetery where two raiders are buried, complete with high school band, Civil War re-enactors, fire trucks and community groups. The ceremonies will also include speeches by local dignitaries, memorabilia displays at the McComb Public Library and memorial service.

Location: City of McComb, Ohio

Sponsor: Greater Toledo Civil War Round Table, City of McComb

For more information, please visit  http://www.angelfire.com/oh4/civwar/gtcwrt/index.html

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Getting closer

Just two more day until I leave for Gettysburg and CWI. Getting excited. Not sure if it is CWI or that I need a vacation. But either way I am ready.

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Trivia question of the Day

What was the average height of the Union soldier?

Answer: 5-feet, 8.5 inches.

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Traveling Civil War exhibit stops in Woodsfield

By Bob Evans

Traveling exhibit

The traveling Ohio Civil War 150 will be on display in Woodsfield through July 4. Photo courtesy of OHS.

The official Ohio Civil War 150th traveling exhibit will be in Woodsfield through July 4 at the Hollister-Perry House.

Admission is free, but check for hours.

The exhibit is sponsored by The Monroe County Historical Society to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

SCHEDULE:

Date(s): June 9, 2012 – July 4, 2012
Cost: Free
Time: June 9: 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.;
June 10: 12pm-3pm;
June 11-July 4: M-F 10am-2pm
Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm
Location: The Hollister-Parry House, 217 Eastern Avenue, Woodsfield, OH,
Phone: 
(740) 472-1933

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