Browse Exhibits (8 total)

The Columbus Dispatch


The Columbus Dispatch began publishing in 1871, making it our city’s longest running newspaper still in existence.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Community Support

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Columbus Metropolitan Library’s vision is a thriving community where wisdom prevails. The library’s work to attain that vision is driven by a strategic plan with three pillars: Young Minds, My Library and Life Skills. This work is only possible with the support of our community, board members and staff.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Branches

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Soon after a $150,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie brought Main Library to life in 1907, it became clear there was a need to build neighborhood branches to better serve the wider community. Strong civic support formed our first branches and that support continues today. Columbus Metropolitan Library is now 23 locations strong, providing 21st century libraries to the unique neighborhoods we serve.

Columbus Metropolitan Library History


Our sesquicentennial celebration in 2023 marks 15 decades of commitment to inspire reading, share resources and connect people. We have served our customers through two pandemics and two world wars. Card catalogs held the key to our treasures within for many years, replaced by computers as the internet age took hold and we rode the wave of digital change, innovating and evolving to meet our customers’ needs. Through it all, Columbus Metropolitan Library, now 23 locations strong, remains a constant presence, providing access for all.

Transportation in Columbus

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People have always been on the move. The Hopewell Culture built what is often called the “Great Hopewell Road” to connect earthworks near present-day Chillicothe and Newark. French and British explorers entered the Ohio Country as early as the 1500s. Central Ohio was already a crossroads for indigenous people when other populations entered the region in the 1700s. New modes of transportation, from canals to railroads to highways, shaped the city of Columbus over the years. This exhibit explores the ways in which transportation has changed and stayed the same over time.

The Underground Railroad in Central Ohio


The Underground Railroad was a system of routes and safe houses created to help freedom-seeking enslaved people escape the South and eventually settle into Northern “free” states, Canada or Mexico. Railroad terms were used because people seemed to disappear – no railroads or underground tunnels were actually used. Conductors were usually waiting with either a horse or wagon, hiding the freedom seekers under straw or bags of grain, to move them to the next station. Some conductors would take freedom seekers into their homes, hiding them in crawl spaces, barns, cisterns and even under floor boards.

Columbus Parks

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Parks, or open spaces reserved for recreational use, began in ancient Greece with the creation of public gardens. Romans continued the tradition. During the Middle Ages, wealthy men set aside grounds for hunting. One of the earliest parks for public use was the Alameda de Hércules in Seville, Spain, built in 1574. The idea of public green spaces existed in Europe and was brought to America by white settlers. In 1682, William Penn’s plan for Philadelphia included five acres of reserved green space and James Oglethorpe’s 1733 plan for Savannah established a ward system, with each neighborhood organized around a public square. Boston Common was set aside as a pasture for cattle.

Unidentified Images of the King Arts Complex Photograph Collection


A selection of unidentified images from the King Arts Complex photograph collection donated from the archives of the Call and Post newspaper. The Call and Post photgraph collection consists of images of the African American community from 1962-1995 around Central Ohio. 

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