Clash of Cultures
Opening of Ohio
Agriculture and Industry
In Service to the Nation
2015 Exhibit Schedule
Current Exhibit – Born in Clark County Series: Scarff’s Nursery – July – September 2015
This exhibit examined the history of the historical society from its founding in 1897 to the present day. Visitors learned about past locations, events, early artifacts that were collected and the story of how we got where we are today.
This exhibit included a photograph gallery of images of students and buildings from our collection and objects from our extensive education collection.
Technology: The Transformation of Daily Life
The Transformation of Daily Life ran from March 21, 2007-January 15, 2008 in the Noonan Family Community Gallery. This exhibit portrayed the progress of technology from the mid 19th century through the early 21st century by examining four themes that changed throughout the year:
Springfield Civic Theater 75th Anniversary Retrospective – August 11-November 1, 2007
National Road Exhibit August 14-September 4, 2007
This exhibition chronicled the origin and evolution of the National Road, the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway. The exhibit focused on Ohio and highlights the National Road’s heyday as the primary route for western migration and settlement, the long era of decline when it was overshadowed by the railroad, its early 20th century rebirth as U.S 40 with the advent of the automobile, through the modern era when it was both a working road for long-haul truckers and a pleasant route for family outings, before being replaced by the interstate highway system.
Ten highly illustrated panels featured the Road’s creators, innovative construction techniques, unique s-bridges and mile markers, 19th and 20th century accommodations that catered to travelers, Road maintenance and the Road’s future as an All-American Road National Scenic Byway and tourist destination.
Focus on Flight ran from October 2006-March 2007 in the Gateway Gallery and it focused on the development of aerospace technologies in Clark County. The exhibit highlighted inventor Larence Rausenberger who pioneered engine development and worked with the Wright Brothers, local patent attorney Harry Toulmin, who helped the brothers to get credit for their invention, and also looked at SPECO and Robbins and Myers and other local companies who manufactured goods for the aerospace industry.
Memories of Champions ran from July-December 2006 in the Noonan Family Community Gallery. The exhibit showcased Clark County’s great athletes, focusing both on high school teams and professional sports heroes that made their county proud. Sports that were highlighted in the exhibit included baseball, basketball, football, cross country and track, golf, and boxing.
The Creative Muses ran from January to June 2006 in the Noonan Family Community Gallery. The exhibit examined the creativity of Clark Countians in various fields-painting, literature, music, photography and in the theatre and on film.
After the Victory 1945-1955
Blazes! Springfield Fires and Firefighters -September 2005-January 2006
Never Done: A Look at Women’s Work – January-April 2004
In the Good Old Summertime – May-August 2004
Clark County Politics – October 2004-January 2005
Clark County Archaeology
Fifty from the 50s
Memories of 1941
Celebrating Our Heritage – Black History Month
Tribute to Clark County Women – Women’s History Month
1st Clark Countians
The Vietnam Wall Experience
Firefighters, Police and EMA – Memories of Heroes