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Campus Martius Museum and the Ohio River Museum offer community programs, children's events, historical camps, artisan fairs and more. Check back here often for our current listing of events and to read about our current temporary exhibits! For more information on any event listed below, please contact us at 740-373-3750 or Toll Free 800-860-0145

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"Digging the Past" Archaeology Day

January 17, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Start your new year with a visit to the Campus Martius Museum! Spend a day learning about the exciting field of archaeology. You are invited to take part in our artifact identification clinic, arrowheads, lectures, and flint knapping demonstrations. Private collections of historic and prehistoric artifacts will also be on display. Contemporary items will be on sale for the day.

If you would like to have your artifacts on display for the day, please contact Bill Reynolds (740) 373-3750.

Brown Baggin' Thru History

February 6, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Amber Mendenhall

Amber Mendenhall will speak about women’s fashion in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Amber draws on her passion for history for her creative projects. Specifically, she is a seamstress and does historic costuming. Her diligence and attention to detail is always strong, but it is most prevalent during historic costuming, which shows the level of commitment needed to follow one’s passions.

Amber is the Directory of Community Engagement for Habitat for Humanity in Athens, Ohio.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.

Contemporary Gunmakers & Allied Artists Show

February 14, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Campus Martius Museum will be hosting some of the finest traditional artisans who recreate the working tools of the frontier settler and hunter. Gunsmiths, powder horn and hunting bag makers will be displaying their wares. During the event visitors will be able to experience 200 years of American gun making traditions. Flintlock and percussion rifles, the tools used in making and servicing them will be displayed.

During the day there will be working demonstrations on the various techniques used in gun building and lectures by various artisans about their work. As a special feature of the Contemporary Gun Makers and Allied Artists Exhibit there will be daylong demonstrations in the art of barrel rifling using 18th and early 19th century techniques. Rifling, or spiral grooves cut inside a rifle barrel enable a bullet to achieve a spinning motion therefore gaining better accuracy and distance. Several original rifling machines will be on display and long lost principals used will be explained by contemporary barrel makers.

For questions contact Bill Reynolds at 740-373-3750.

President's Day at the Museum

February 16, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30AM - Noon
Cost: $15 per person; $11 for members

Presidents’ Day is typically a day set aside to honor George Washington. Come to Campus Martius Museum and find out why Ohio earned the nickname, “the Mother of Presidents”. This year, we are going to take a look at the 7 native and 1 transplanted Ohioan who became President of the United States. Learn interesting, and sometimes amusing, facts about these men. Join us for crafts, activities, and games as we learn about the presidency, the men from Ohio who became president, and the various symbols that represent Ohio and our nation.

Reservations required:
Call 740-373-3750, space is limited.
Fee per child is $15. Member of the Friends of the Museums: $11

Mystery Dinner Theatre

March 13, 2014
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: TBD
Cost: $50 per person

More information to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

April 3, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: John Chapman’s Westward Journey/ William Kerrigan

The legend of Johnny Appleseed is based upon the life of a real person. Born into a poor Yankee family on the eve of the American Revolution, the young John Chapman headed west in the last years of the 18th century. This talk recovers the life of the “real” Johnny Appleseed, teasing out fact from myth, and revealing the life of an extraordinary individual whose real story is more compelling than the myth which emerged in the years after his death.

William Kerrigan, Cole Distinguished Professor of American History at Muskingum University and author of Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard. He teaches courses on American History, Ohio History, the Civil War, and Environmental History.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.

Welcome Back Carp

April 4, 2015
Where: Ohio River Museum
Time: 9:30AM - 5PM; Programs 10AM - 1PM
Cost: Half off admission

Jazzin' Up the Museums

May 30, 2015
Where: Valley Gem Sternwheeler
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $40 per person; $75 per couple

More information to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

June 5, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Appalachian History and Culture/ Peggy Calestro and Julie Calestro-McDonald

This presentation defines the Appalachian region and explores the history of those who settled there. It provides insights into the origins of Appalachian culture and beliefs; important historical events which shaped the region’ and the roles absentee ownership and extractive industries continue to play in the region.

Peggy and Julie are a mother-daughter team who have been fascinated for more than twenty years with Central Appalachia, which includes Appalachian Ohio. Both have written about Appalachian history and culture and have presented at conferences and seminars. Their most recent publication, Lost and Found in Appalachia, is a book of photos and brief narratives of some of the places they’ve visited during their extensive travel in the region. Julie is a clinical social worker at OSU/Harding Behavioral Health and Medicine, and Peggy is Vice President of the Ohio Children’s Foundation.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.

Summer Camp

June 24-26, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10AM - 3pm
Cost: $65 per student; FOM Members $60
Who: Children grades 3-6; RSVP by June 15, 2015

Spend your week at Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum with hands on, interactive activities held inside and outside. We promise there will be something for everyone’s interests.

Each day will be filled with new activities. Thursday afternoon will feature a ride on the Valley Gem. Don’t tell our secret but all activities will be fun AND educational, incorporating science, math, language arts and social studies.

Snacks will be provided each day but each child will need to bring a lunch each day. Registration is required by June 15, 2015. Contact Glenna Hoff at (740) 373-3750 or ghoff@campusmartiusmuseum.org

Inland Waterways Festival

August 1 - 2, 2015
Where: on the grounds of the Ohio River Museum
Time: TBD
Cost: FREE Event!
More information to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

August 7, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Romance and Symbolism of Covered Bridges/ David Simmons

The folklore of Ohio’s covered bridges is contrasted with the reality of how they were actually designed and fabricated. Listeners will gain a new appreciation and understanding for this ever-dwindling historic resource in the larger context of nineteenth-century American engineering.

David Simmons, Editor, TIMELINE, Ohio History Connection

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.

Brown Baggin' Thru History

October 2, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: A Fifteen-Thousand- Year Human Odyssey/ Bradley T. Lepper

This program presents an overview of Ohio Prehistory from the original discovery of Ohio to the dawn of the historic era.

Bradley T. Lepper, Curator of Archaeology, Ohio History Connection

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.

Kid's Archaeology Day

October 3, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10:00 - 3:00 (Program)
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Activities will be continuous throughout the day from 10:00 until 3:00. Displays will be set up and experts available to answer questions. This day will satisfy the hobbyist and those children who are career minded about the field of archaeology.

Campus Martius Museum will be open its regular hours, 9:30 to 5:00 for those who want to participate in the event and tour the museum! Join us for an exciting day.

Haunted Snyder

October 9, 2015
Where: Ohio River Museum on the steamboat W.P. Snyder Jr.
Time: 8PM - 11PM
Cost: $30 per person - Reservations required (Limit 30)

More information to come!

Halloweeum at the Museum

October 17, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $10 per person - Reservations required by October 9, 2015

Join us on Saturday, October 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Campus Martius Museum, for a fun filled evening of Halloween inspired activities. Halloween music will have you dancing to your own version of the Monster Mash, as you walk through the “haunted” Appalachian Trail. Make your own slime to take home and decorate your own Pumpkin Patch Pal. Activities are for children third grade and older. Reservations are required by Friday, October 9, 2015.

Appraisal Clinic

November 7, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10AM - 2PM
Cost: $5 per item (Limit 2 items) Excludes Museum Admission

Appraisers: Garth's Auction House, Delaware, OH

Come join Garth’s Auctions, Ohio’s oldest auction house, in support of the Campus Martius Museum on November 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Specialist from Garth’s Auctions will be conducting an antique’s road show and for a $5.oo donation you may have your family heirloom or found treasure appraised by one of Garth’s specialist. All funds collected will be donated to the Campus Martius Museum on behalf of Garth’s Auctions.

An Evening at the Museum

November 20, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $50

The Friends of the Museums will hold their fourth annual fundraiser An Evening at the Museum on November 20, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at Campus Martius Museum.

This fundraiser will benefit the operations of the Campus Martius & Ohio River Museums. The unique partnership between state and community is thriving because of the support of area residents.

Your $50 ticket will include beverages, mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres provided by local caterers, live music playing throughout the museum, and much more!

Call Campus Martius Museum for tickets! (740) 373-3750

Brown Baggin' Thru History

December 4, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: No special effects required . . . just your imagination! with storyteller, Judi Tarowsky

Her repertoire includes fascinating historic programs, tales with Appalachian heart, ghostly tales to bring a shiver, and hilarious tales that get taller each time!

Her original, 45-minute story, "The Heroes of the U.S.S. Shenandoah" will move and inspire you.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.

Museum Day

August 6, 2016
Where: Campus Martius Museum & the Ohio River Museum
Time: All Day
Cost: FREE Admission (Does not apply to groups)

On August 6th come to celebrate museum day and discover everything that Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum has to offer.

A visit to the museums will not just be for historical discovery but also accented by a variety of musicians playing a cornucopia of melodies from an earlier era. There will be something for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Storytellers will abound with tall tales to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Children will delight with narratives such as Steamboat Annie and the Giant Catfish. Adults can listen to accounts by Chuck Parrish as he takes a trip to the past to show the history of Ohio River Navigation. Doc Hollen, Purveyor of Patent Medicine, will be on hand with his Medicine Show to entertain and mystify. Visitors can step back in time when con men traveled the country side telling tall tales and selling snake oil to cure all.

This is just a little of what the day will offer! So, mark your calendars for Saturday, August 6, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Campus Martius & the Ohio River Museums. And remember, this entire event is FREE!

Family Day at Campus Martius Museum

TBD
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10AM - 3PM (Programs)
Cost: TBD

Winter weather giving you cabin fever? Bring your family to Campus Martius Museum and learn about the history of our area and the state of Ohio while you participate in fun activities. Make a hand dipped candle to take home, learn to weave and take home your own hand held loom, make a silhouette and do quilting the easy way. Get away from the television, the internet and your cell phone and step back in time and see how our ancestors lived. Each activity begins on the hour from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon and resume at 1:00 until 3:00 PM. Do all activities or just certain ones. Tour the museum on your own. Guided tours of the Putnam House will be given throughout the day on the hour.


Scout Events Coming Up at Campus Martius

Girl Scout Programming at Campus Martius Museum

Scout Events can be scheduled directly through the museum. Please call the museum to discuss ways to meet your troops' needs!