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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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Brown Baggin' Thru History

August 5, 2016 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Judi Tarowsky

When was the last time you heard a good story? Isn't it time to enjoy a good story once more? Discover the wonder and sheer fun of live storytelling with Judi!

A member of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling, Judi is a storyteller whose repertoire includes fascinating historic programs, tales with Appalachian heart, ghostly tales to send a shiver up your spine, and hilarious tales that get taller each time they're told. Bring a brown-bag lunch. This lunch-hour 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)
Thank you to the Washington County Public Library for partnering with us for this event.

On August 6th come and 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.

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!

Brunch with Mark Twain

September 17, 2016
Where: Valley Gem Sternwheeler
Time: 9AM - 11AM
Cost: $30 per person - Reservations required

Come and support the Inland Waterways Festival while on board the Valley Gem Sternwheeler. Enjoy a breakfast buffet, 2 hour cruise on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler, and live entertainment by Mark Twain. A 50/50 drawing will be available on board!

Reservations required by September 16, 2016

The Inland Waterways Festival is a free event open to the public. The mission is to provide a venue for the public to explore the history, industry, and environmental aspects of our inland waterways, promoting a greater understanding of what has inspired many generations to live, work, and play along our rivers and streams.

For reservations contact
Campus Martius Museum
(740) 373-3750

75th Anniversary of the Ohio River Museum

September 16, 2016
Where: Ohio River Museum
Time: Noon-2
Cost: Free

This is in conjunction with Ohio Open Doors. Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for special tours and programs. Join us in honoring the history, design and stories of the Ohio River Museum and the Steam Towboat: W.P. Snyder Jr. Help us celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Ohio River Museum and see rare photos of its development throughout the years. Debbie Tuggle will help us celebrate by playing music throughout the event.

Debbie has just completed 10 years of concerts featuring original river music, stories and quilt shows on the River Explorer, America’s only luxury excursion vessel out of New Orleans, Louisiana. All her programs were tailor-made with river music and stories relating to the places along the waterways. Marietta Ohio was a favorite stop on the Explorer tours.

She is a three time recipient of the National Take Pride in America Award from America’s Clean Water Foundation in Washington, D.C. for environmental stewardship through music, creating theme songs for television and radio spots promoting the Ohio & Kentucky River Sweeps.

She wrote “Always a River”, theme song for a floating exhibit traveling the length of the Great Ohio celebrating the past, present and future of this important waterway. This project was sponsored by all the humanities councils along the Ohio River.

Debbie has also worked in Kentucky Schools for the past 23 years, both independently and as a Kentucky Arts Council roster artist in both Performing Arts and Arts and Education. She has done school residencies, music workshops and concerts. K-5 is her target group, although she does work with older students and people of all ages. Instruments: guitar, piano and voice.

Debbie also writes and teaches all types of children’s music. She began this work during a 4 year residency at the Louisville Deaf Oral School, with assistance from the Kentucky Arts Council Tip Grants Program. She also wrote scripts and music for environmental education school presentations for the city of Louisville’s award-winning “Operation Brightside”, a city pride and beautification program. She was also a presenter for these programs, reaching thousands of young students each year.

“The Clean Water Song”, featured on her Kentucky Waters CD has been translated into Russian and Swedish for use in a long running Nature Education Program in Sweden called the “Mulle” Program. “Bad Branch Falls”, also on that CD is on the Country Music Highway 23 Tour Project, narrated by Ricky Skaggs. Bad Branch was written during a residency at McRoberts Elementary. Debbie, Bad Branch Falls and the Clean Water Song are also featured in a Kentucky Life show on KET.

Brown Baggin' Thru History

October 7, 2016 (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 an independent appraiser and consultant in antiques and art. 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 exhibition: 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.

Ohio Furniture 101: An Introduction to Styles and Cultural Groups, 1788-1888

During Ohio’s first century, immigrants flooded into the state from nearly every other state in the Union, as well as from Europe. Because of the organized method by which Ohio was parceled out and settled, oftentimes, groups of immigrants from one place came west and settled in the same area, and many of these groups brought with them lifestyles and stylistic preferences. As a result, we can use the furniture made in Ohio during its first hundred years to “map” these cultural groups, and we can see evidence of the style each brought to Ohio, and how each style was adapted to life in early Ohio.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library and Ohio Humanities Council.

Society of Period Furniture Makers

October 8, 2016
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

On October 8, 2016 the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers will hold its Fall meeting at the Campus Martius Museum. Guest Speaker will be Andrew Richmond who is recognized as an expert in Ohio River Valley furniture and inlay work. Museum visitors will be treated to an exhibit of fine examples of period furniture made by members of SAPFM. Mark your calenders for Saturday, October 8 as you won't want to miss the wonderful opportunity to see these masterfully constructed fine pieces of period furniture.

Halloweeum at the Museum

October 15, 2016
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $10 per person - Reservations required by October 7, 2016

Join us on Saturday, October 15, 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 spooky craft to take home, decorate your own Pumpkin Patch Pal, and play Halloween games! Activities are for children third grade and older. Reservations are required by Friday, October 7, 2016.

Appraisal Clinic

November 5, 2016
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 5 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 18, 2016
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 18, 2016 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 2, 2016 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Guest Speaker: Robin Schuricht, Education Program Specialist for the Ohio History Connection

Robin will portray Lilly Martin Spencer (born Angelique Marie Martin) (November 26, 1822 – May 22, 1902) Lilly Martin Spencer was one of the most popular and widely reproduced American female genre painters in the mid-nineteenth century. She painted domestic scenes, women and children in a warm happy atmosphere. Although she did have an audience for her work, Spencer had difficulties earning a living as a professional painter and was in perpetual state of financial turmoil. Born in England to French parents, Lilly and her family moved to the Marietta area and settled in Devola when Lilly was 8. Robin will portray Lilly in her later years for Brown Baggin’ thru History at Campus Martius Museum.

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

Here We Come A-Caroling

December 10, 2016
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 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: TBA

Details to come!

Forget Me Not

February 4, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10:00AM - Noon
Cost: $10 per person

Details to come!

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.

Where Were You

February 18, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10:00AM - Noon
Cost: TBA

Details to come!

Mystery Dinner Theatre

Friday, March 10, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: TBA
Cost: $60 per person

Details to come!

Mystery Dinner Theatre

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: TBA
Cost: $60 per person

Details to come!

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: TBD

More details to come!

Welcome Back Carp

April 8, 2017
Where: Ohio River Museum
Time: 9:30AM - 5PM; Programs 10AM - 12PM
Cost: Half off admission

Join Carpy on the grounds of the Ohio River Museum for our annual Carp Egg Hunt! Hundreds of eggs will be available for the grabbing with each egg filled with candy and trinkets. River related carnival games such as duck pond, fish-for-a-prize, frog bull's eye, fish bowl toss, rain gutter boat races, and much more will be inside the Ohio River Museum immediately following the Carp Egg Hunt! Visitors will receive half off admission at the Ohio River Museum for the entire day! Tours of the W.P. Snyder Jr. are included in the admission. Help us celebrate the opening of the Ohio River Museum and W.P. Snyder Jr. for the 2017 season!

From War to War Exhibit Opens

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: TBA

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: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Cost: $90 per student / $80 for FOM Members
Who: Children grades 3-6; RSVP by June 16, 2016

Details to come! 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: TBA

Details to come!

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: TBA

Details to come!

Halloweeum at the Museum

October 14, 2017
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $10 per person - Reservations required by October 6, 2017

Join us on Saturday, October 14, 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 6, 2017.

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 - 8PM
Cost: $50

The Friends of the Museums will hold their fifth annual fundraiser An Evening at the Museum on November 17, 2017 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 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.


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!