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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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Christmas Extravaganza featuring the Polar Express!

December 10, 2016
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 1PM
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4-12

All Aboard! Join us at the Campus Martius Museum on Saturday, December 10 at 1 pm for the reading of The Polar Express, crafts, refreshments, and fun! Make your own ornament to take home. Receive a Book, compliments of the Washington County Public Library. Santa will make a special appearance as well to hear your wish list and lead Christmas Carols. Stop by the Children's Department at the Washington County Public Library in Marietta or call 740-373-1057 ext. 219 to register for this event. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please limit 2 adults per family as space is limited.

Meet the Pioneers

December 28, 2016
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: All Day
Cost: Included in Regular Museum Admission

Campus Martius Museum invites the public to the home of Rufus Putnam to visit with some of Marietta’s citizens from 1789. General Putnam has just returned from the West after conducting Treaties with the Indians and is besieged by several residents with their concerns. Mary Bird Lake wishes to know why some of the younger children are skipping Sunday School and going over to Ft. Harmer and Attorney Paul Fearing has questions for General Putnam who servers as Territorial Judge. Join in with these first inhabitants and see what was important in their lives over 227 years ago.

"Digging the Past" Archaeology Day

January 21, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Have you ever wondered what lies below the ground that was left there hundreds of years ago by people long forgotten? These ancient relics were once the everyday tools from a past civilization. Some times they represent the only clues to our understanding of their culture.

Join professional archaeologists, collectors, and contemporary flint knappers to explore the function of these relics and the development of the skill and technology period craftsmen employed to create them.

The day’s activities include lectures, displays of both pre-historic and historic artifacts from private collections from around the state as well as demonstrations of flint knapping. Artifacts representing the Adena and Hopewell peoples will be displayed along side of artifacts from the colonial period that were collected at many military camp sites and native villages in Ohio.

Various lectures will be given throughout the day by trained archaeologists and collectors.

Brown Baggin' Thru History

February 3, 2017 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Jann Keuhn Adams

Topic: German Marietta & Washington County

Jann Kuehn Adams is the great-granddaughter of German immigrant August Victor Kuehn, one of the settlers who founded the Marietta Brewery at the start of the 20th century. Now a retired educator, Adams is a Marietta tour guide, presenter, and researcher of local German history and the author of Behind the Doors of Historic Marietta.

Revolutionary War officers and soldiers of Anglo-Saxon descent founded Marietta, Ohio, in 1788 with the goal of establishing a New England–style town in the frontier of the Northwest Territory. The town developed slowly until a great influx of immigrants, particularly German pioneers, flooded into Washington County during the decades after 1830. The landscape’s rolling hills, creeks, and forests drew German farmers to rural areas, while others settled in the cities as shoemakers, brick-makers, leather workers, bakers, brewers, grocers, butchers, carpenters, and dry goods retailers. Between 1880 and 1920, the population of Marietta nearly tripled, mainly due to German immigration. By 1905, German merchants dominated the shopping area of the first two blocks of Front Street. Otto Brothers and Strecker Brothers built regionally significant businesses in the developing shopping area of Putnam Street. Germans of Marietta and Washington County also enriched the culture with their musical talents, churches, and participation in civic activities.

Sponsored by the Washington County Public Library

Contemporary Gunmakers & Allied Artists Show

February 11, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Campus Martius Museum will once again host its annual salute to traditional gunmakers and artists of the Ohio Valley onFebruary 11th, 9:30 until 4:00. From the first arrival of the Ohio Company settlers to present day this area has always been the forefront of quality craftsmanship. Firearms were an essential tool in everyday life and used not only for hunting but for competition shooting. The makers of these longrifles took great pride in their workmanship in the same manner as today’s craftsman do their work.

Campus Martius will feature the work of several dozen traditional gunmakers from around the Ohio Valley as well as several other craftsmen who work in the manner of the 18th and 19th century. Many of these artists are nationally recognized for their work which can be found in museums and private collections around the country. Featured along with the gunmakers will be horn makers, hunting bag makers, leather workers, tinsmithing, cabinet making and other allied trades.

Featured this year will be the art of the horn worker. Cattle horns were used in a variety of objects from powderhorns to transparent windows in lanterns, drinking cups, spoons and measures. Many horn workers would decorate their wares with names and other artistic designs. This art was called scrimshaw and added a personal touch to the work. Matt Blosser, a horn worker from Glenmont, Ohio will be demonstrating scrimshaw decoration throughout the day and will be available to answer questions about this lost art.

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

Mystery Dinner Theatre

Friday, March 10, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Cost: $60 per person
Reservations reguired by March 3, 2017

Poison Ratenstein is in town for a killer concert, but his fans may be looking for a refund after this twisted tour turns tragic with a murder and a mystery to solve. This radical show could be super lame if no one can solve who was buggin’ so we can all cool out and get the show started! Help the crowd and the detective figure out who ruined this totally tubular night, so everyone can, like, take a chill pill.

Make sure you are dressed with the times or someone may ask you to bag your head! - Optional Grab your most righteous ‘80s concert gear to rock out in style while you solve a crime with your friends. Jean jackets and spandex leggings, big hair, bangles, leg warmers, and ripped jeans will be all the rage at this rocking night of mystery. See you there!

Ticket includes: dinner, dessert, drinks, and a show!

Call Campus Martius Museum today to reserve your seats!
740-373-3750

Mystery Dinner Theatre

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Cost: $60 per person
Reservations reguired by March 3, 2017

Poison Ratenstein is in town for a killer concert, but his fans may be looking for a refund after this twisted tour turns tragic with a murder and a mystery to solve. This radical show could be super lame if no one can solve who was buggin’ so we can all cool out and get the show started! Help the crowd and the detective figure out who ruined this totally tubular night, so everyone can, like, take a chill pill.

Make sure you are dressed with the times or someone may ask you to bag your head! - Optional Grab your most righteous ‘80s concert gear to rock out in style while you solve a crime with your friends. Jean jackets and spandex leggings, big hair, bangles, leg warmers, and ripped jeans will be all the rage at this rocking night of mystery. See you there!

Ticket includes: dinner, dessert, drinks, and a show!

Call Campus Martius Museum today to reserve your seats!
740-373-3750

Brown Baggin' Thru History

April 7, 2017 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Andrew Richmond

Andrew Richmond is the president and CEO of Wipiak Consulting and Appraisals in Sunbury, Ohio. With degrees in history from Kenyon College and American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program/University of Delaware, Andrew’s passion is the decorative arts of Ohio. He has lectured and published widely on the subject and has curated two major exhibitions: Equal in Goodness: Ohio Decorative Arts 1788-1860 and A Tradition of Progress: Ohio Decorative Arts 1860-1945. He also serves on the boards of several museums and decorative arts organizations.

Topic: Big, Heavy, & Brightly Painted: The Decorative Arts of Ohio's Germanic Community

During the nineteenth century, the sound of German being spoken was a common occurrence throughout much of Ohio. During this time, thousands of immigrants left their homes in Germany, Switzerland, and Alsace and came to America, bypassing the populated Eastern seaboard, and choosing, instead, to settle in the agrarian heartland. Others came from existing Germanic communities in the Eastern United States, particularly Pennsylvania, and came west where land was cheap and fertile. Along with their language, these immigrants brought with them a rich material cultural tradition. Because of their language and religious beliefs, the communities that these immigrants formed often remained isolated from mainstream American society. As a result, they continued to produce furniture and other decorative arts in styles that had long fallen out of fashion elsewhere.

Sponsored by the Washington County Public Library

Ohio River Museum New Exhibit Grand Opening

April 7, 2017
Where: Ohio River Museum
Time: TBD
Cost: TBD

More details to come!

Exhibit Opening

A Call to Arms
Washington County: The War Years

May 27, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: TBA
Cost: Free

Details to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

June 2, 2017 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Susan Talbot-Stanaway

Topic: World War 1 Posters: For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People

Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s re-election campaign song in 1916 was entitled, “Elect Wilson, He Kept Us out of War.” However, on April 6, 1917, at Wilson’s urging, the United States Congress declared war against Germany. Only a few hours later, one of Wilson’s most energetic campaign backers, George Creel, urged Wilson to develop means to engage the war on the home front through “expression, not suppression.” The objectives were to unify people of all ages and backgrounds, including millions of immigrants, to motivate young men to enlist and women to abandon their traditional roles and become war workers. From the point of view of Ohio history, this presentation will describe the posters as works of art and propaganda, the artists who created them, how posters established new American heroes and heroines, and their lasting importance in national history.

Jazzin' Up the Museums

June 9, 2017
Where: Valley Gem Sternwheeler
Time: 6:30PM - 9PM
Cost: $40 per person; $75 per couple

Join the Friends of the Museums and delight in a delicious meal, buffet style including prime rib and chicken madeira, on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler. Dance the night away while cruising down the Ohio River listening to a live band playing favorites from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s era! A cash bar will be available. Tickets include your meal, musical entertainment, & 2 hour cruise.

Your involvement and contribution enables the Campus Martius & Ohio River Museums to offer a wide variety of programs for the community's enjoyment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Reservations Required. (740) 373-3750
$40 per person
$75 per couple

All Tickets are non-refundable

Passport to Fun: Summer Camp at the Museum

June 20-20, 2017
Where: Ohio River Museum
Time: 9:30AM - 3:00PM
Cost: $90 per student / $80 for FOM Members
Who: Children grades 3-6; RSVP by June 16, 2016

Summer Camp at the Museum- Our rivers were our first super highways. Learn what it was like to live on the river when Celeron was burying the lead plates back in 1749. See if you can build your own flatboat. Will it sink or float? Why do boats made of steel float? Learn about the properties of water. We will end camp with our traditional ride on the Valley Gem. There will be so much to do your head will swim!

Contact Glenna Hoff at (740) 373-3750 or ghoff@campusmartiusmuseum.org

Brown Baggin' Thru History

August 4, 2017 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Debbie Tuggle Pendley

Debbie wrote the theme music for TV and radio promotion of Always A River / The Ohio River and the American Experience. She also wrote theme songs for both the Ohio River Sweep and the Kentucky River Sweep, which were used to promote volunteer participation and raise river awareness and clean water awareness.

She was a featured regional entertainer on the River Explorer out of New Orleans, Louisiana for a decade, performing her original river music and stories celebrating wonderful natural and historic places along the Ohio River.

Her river music works include:


“Riverside” (Celebrating the Farnsley Moreman Landing by the Ohio at Louisville)

“River of Mine” (Ohio River Sweep Theme)

“Kentucky River Please Remember Me” (Kentucky River Sweep Theme)

“Always A River” (Foating exhibit celebrating the past, present and future of the Ohio River)

“Barging on the O-Hi-O” (written aboard the River Explorer, her theme song)

“The Towboat Song” (for the W.P.Snyder)

“La Belle Riviere” (a River Anthem)

Her river song catalog also features songs of Kentucky tributaries and rivers as well as the Cumberland River out of Nashville where it meets the Ohio in Paducah, Kentucky all the way back to it's beginning at Bad Branch Falls, at Oven Fork, Kentucky. She worked in Kentucky schools for 25 years as an artist/educator, doing arts and education through music in songwriting residencies with a focus on clean water, waterways and natural and historic places.

Inland Waterways Festival

August 5-6, 2017
Where: Ohio River Museum Museum
Time: TBA
Cost: FREE

More details to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

October 6, 2017 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Susan Talbot-Stanaway

Topic: World War 1 on the Ohio Home Front: “Your Country Calls!”

From 1917 through 1919, thousands of Ohio men and women engaged in the battles of the “Great War.” At home, in community organizations, on the farm, and in the workplace, Ohioans were exposed to new roles, new beliefs, and a new sense of national unity. People, young or old, were urged to support the families of soldiers, to purchase war bonds and stamps, to dig and tend Victory Gardens, to undergo the hardships of rationing, and to report spies and hate the “Hun.” Ohio women, many of whom were already suffragettes, entered the workplace for the first time, supported wartime charities, and joined organizations like the Women’s Land Army. Ohio manufacturers and their employees, shifted to producing munitions, dramatically increased their work forces; some actively recruited African Americans from the South to operate assembly lines. Immigrants from overseas were exposed to programs that would “Americanize” them. This presentation will explore how Ohioans participated in the Great War and how participation shaped important social and political changes.

Appraisal Clinic

November 4, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10AM - 2PM
Cost: $5 per item (Limit 2 items) Excludes Museum Admission

Appraiser: Andrew Richmond

Andrew Richmond: independent appraiser and consultant in antiques and art, formerly a vice president at Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio. With degrees in history from Kenyon College and American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program/University of Delaware, Andrew’s passion is the decorative arts of Ohio. He has lectured and published widely on the subject and has curated two major exhibitions: Equal in Goodness: Ohio Decorative Arts 1788-1860 and A Tradition of Progress: Ohio Decorative Arts 1860-1945. He also serves on the boards of several museums and decorative arts organizations.

Don’t know what that item your Grandmother left you is or what it was used for? Often wondered if that knick-knack you have been dusting all these years is valuable? Should it be insured? Is it something to pass on to your children?

These questions and more can be answered by Andrew Richmond, at Campus Martius Museum on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. In support of Campus Martius Museum, Andrew will be conducting our very own antique’s road show. For a $5.oo donation per item, you may have your questions answered by a professional in the field of antiques and appraisals. All funds collected will be donated to the Campus Martius Museum.

An Evening at the Museum

November 17, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 9PM
Cost: $55

The Friends of the Museums will hold their sixth annual fundraiser An Evening at the Museum on November 17, 2017 from 6PM-9PM 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 $55 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 1, 2017 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

TBA

Details to come!

Here We Come A-Caroling

December 9, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10AM - 3PM
Cost: FREE

The Washington County Public Library will be sponsoring the program and with their additional support, it will be a day of fun holiday activities including storytellers and crafts for the whole family!

"Digging the Past" Archaeology Day

January 20, 2018
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Have you ever wondered what lies below the ground that was left there hundreds of years ago by people long forgotten? These ancient relics were once the everyday tools from a past civilization. Some times they represent the only clues to our understanding of their culture.

Join professional archaeologists, collectors, and contemporary flint knappers to explore the function of these relics and the development of the skill and technology period craftsmen employed to create them.

The day’s activities include lectures, displays of both pre-historic and historic artifacts from private collections from around the state as well as demonstrations of flint knapping. Artifacts representing the Adena and Hopewell peoples will be displayed along side of artifacts from the colonial period that were collected at many military camp sites and native villages in Ohio.

Various lectures will be given throughout the day by trained archaeologists and collectors.

Brown Baggin' Thru History

February 2, 2018 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: TBA

Details to come!

Contemporary Gunmakers & Allied Artists Show

February 10, 2018
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Campus Martius Museum will once again host its annual salute to traditional gunmakers and artists of the Ohio Valley on February 10th, 9:30 until 4:00. From the first arrival of the Ohio Company settlers to present day this area has always been the forefront of quality craftsmanship. Firearms were an essential tool in everyday life and used not only for hunting but for competition shooting. The makers of these longrifles took great pride in their workmanship in the same manner as today’s craftsman do their work.

Campus Martius will feature the work of several dozen traditional gunmakers from around the Ohio Valley as well as several other craftsmen who work in the manner of the 18th and 19th century. Many of these artists are nationally recognized for their work which can be found in museums and private collections around the country. Featured along with the gunmakers will be horn makers, hunting bag makers, leather workers, tinsmithing, cabinet making and other allied trades.

Featured this year will be the art of the horn worker. Cattle horns were used in a variety of objects from powderhorns to transparent windows in lanterns, drinking cups, spoons and measures. Many horn workers would decorate their wares with names and other artistic designs. This art was called scrimshaw and added a personal touch to the work. Matt Blosser, a horn worker from Glenmont, Ohio will be demonstrating scrimshaw decoration throughout the day and will be available to answer questions about this lost art.

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

Museum Day

Date: TBD
Where: Campus Martius Museum & the Ohio River Museum
Time: All Day
Cost: FREE Admission (Does not apply to groups)
Thank you to the Washington County Public Library for partnering with us for this event.

Celebrate Museum Day and discover everything that Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museums have to offer. A visit to the museums will not just be for historical discovery. There will be something for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

A variety of musicians will take us on trips to the past, highlighting various eras, instruments, and locales. Come and relax while you are serenaded by "Riverboat John" Ferguson, Scott Cain, John Whitacre, and Theresa and Richard Halsey.

Susan Fowler, artist, storyteller, and scientist brings her unique teaching techniques to Museum Day as she draws in young and old to learn about the history and environments of our inland waterways.

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.

Presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, accompanied by their wives, Mary Todd Lincoln and Martha Washington will be on hand to greet and visit with museum guests.

Storytellers, Susanna Holstein and Judi Tarowsky will delight audiences with tales of long ago. Come and reminisce with us as they recall stories and events when times were simpler and stories had a lot of heart.


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!