We’ve Known Rivers Performance at the Ohio State House

We’ve Known Rivers is a group of inter active storytellers that celebrate the African American experience in American history by creating dynamic first-person presentations with the feel of a “one person shows”. The stories they tell look at American history through the lens of the power and legacy of the African American community. They bring history to life through their solo dramatic performances of famous African American historical figures.

The organization is that of so-called “teaching artists.” Their goal is to share the timeless stories of country’s history according to the black experience. The characters they portray are often less well known African American historical figures and sometimes are composites of several people. Their well-designed educational performances can cater to all age groups with the intention of empowering the future of our country.

This performance takes place on the 27th of February at the Ohio State House Atrium from 12pm-1pm.

Shaker Historical Society Prohibition Exhibition

This new exhibition examines how Prohibition affected Shaker Heights residents. The way they lived, worked and entertained. Many of the homes in Shaker Heights have wine cellars and bars. The exhibition brings those once private spaces to light and to life for the public. Additionally, it will look at the rise of homebrewing and the cocktail.

The Shaker Historical Society was created in 1947. Its mission is to tend to the stewardship of the region’s most important histories. The organization does this through respectful discovery, collection, preservation and public demonstrations. The Shaker Historical Society is intended to uphold the traditions and heritage of the Shaker sect, Warrensville Township and Shaker Heights.

The home of The Shaker Historical Society is arranged on the grounds of the previous North Union Center Family’s apple plantation and vegetable garden and was the previous home of Louis Myers, a land specialist for the Van Sweringen Company, and his significant other, Blanche. From the Myers Mansion we work an exhibition hall, an open research library and files, a workmanship display, a nearby shop and network of cultivated flower beds.

Exhibit Located at Shaker Historical Museum

Terracotta Soldiers Come to Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Art Museum will be featuring an exciting new exhibit that showcases 120 some objects that will include some the famous Terracotta figures warriors from ancient China, along with other artifacts like arms, armor, bronze vessels, gold and silver work, jade carvings, jewelry and ceramics. The pieces hail from art museums and historical institutes all over Shaanxi province, China.

All the objects date from the Pre-Qin period (770-221 BC) up until the Qin dynasty (which lasted from 221-206 BC). All the objects come from the emperor’s mausoleum as well as aristocrats’ and nomads’ tombs.

The pieces will help visitors understand the rich cultural heritage—history, myths and burials—of ancient China.

The world-renowned Terracotta Army is a collection of sculptures which represent the army of Qin Shi Huang. Huang was the first Emperor of China. The funerary art was buried with the emperor around 210 BC. They were meant to protect him in the afterlife. Other figures found in the tomb included non-military figures such as court officials, strongmen and acrobats, all presumably meant to serve Huang in the afterlife.

The exhibit runs through the summer to August 12th.

Experience the Hoover Legacy

From March 2016 until October 2016 you can experience the legacy of the entrepreneurial spirit of the Hoover family through an exhibit of their elegant Victorian home.

Tours begin in a surprisingly modest 1840s building the Hoover family called home for a year till they could build their farmhouse. Visitors are briefed on family history and original business of leather tanning.

The evolution of cleaning devices is shown here with floor cleaning devices from the mid-1800s through early 1900s. Hoover’s entry into floor care is introduced in the Victorian farmhouse. The story of Hoover’s entry into floor care is discovered in the guest parlor amid family furnishings. The history of Hoover Company growth and worldwide expansion includes photographs, vintage products, advertising, and war memorabilia.

WWII display includes Hoover-produced war materiels; Company awards; photographs evacuees from England who had temporary homes in Stark County. Photos of Hoover floats and awards from Pro Football Hall of Fame Parades on exhibit. Vintage ladies’ fashions throughout enhance displays that end with Hoover’s 100th Anniversary product line in 2008.

The enchanting herb gardens of the home will be open June-October.

Tours are conducted hourly at 1pm until 4pm Thursday through Saturday. Group tours require advance reservations and available weekday mornings and afternoons

Zoar Village: History Tucked Away in East Central Ohio

Right under Ohioan’s noises is a very small village named Zoar. Like many who came to America, Zoar Village’s founders, known as The Society of Separatists of Zoar, came to escape religious persecution. These separatists, or Zoarites, traveled from Württemberg, Germany due to their differences in theology with the dominant Lutheran beliefs of the region.

The Zoarites founded their colony in 1817 on 5,000 acres of land they purchased without having first seen. The village struggled for many years to figure out how to best pay off the loans used to purchase the land. In the 1820’s the State of Ohio required that some of the community’s land be used as a right of way for the Ohio Erie Canal. The state gave the Zoarites two options: either the state would hire someone to dig the canal or pay the Zoarites for the digging labors themselves. The Zoarites were able to pay off their loans by helping to dig a portion of the Ohio Erie Canal.

After approximately eighty years of living as a communal society, in 1898, the village voted to disband the communal society and divided the land amongst the remaining residents.

Today much of the village has been restored by the local historical society and private owners. Some of the German-style village is operated as a museum and run costumed reenactors who will teach visitors about the agrarian, Zoarite way of life, while other buildings serve as shops, restaurants and private residences.The village also features the Historic Zoar Garden, a two and one half acre flower garden based on images of from the Book of Revelations and other religious allegory related to the Zoarites’ beliefs.

Zoar Village offers a variety of activities and tourist attractions as well as special events.

Did you know “zoar” is a word taken from the Bible meaning “place of refuge”?

~ Jody Victor