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History Lesson: Looking Back 25 Years to AmeriFlora ’92

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Looking Back 25 Years to AmeriFlora ’92

As the leaves begin to fall and the smell of autumn is in the air, it might be an interesting moment to reflect back on the floral spectacle that overtook Franklin Park and the Near East side from April to October of 1992. European garden festivals have been around for generations, including such shows as […]

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History Lesson: Revisiting The Clarmont

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Revisiting The Clarmont

The Clarmont will be revived for one night next Tuesday at Alana’s Food and Wine (2333 North High Street) as the 4th installment of the Columbus Historical Society’s Historic Supper Club series started by CU’s own Anne Evans. After having celebrated the Kahiki, the Jai Lai and most recently, the Maramor, I was excited to […]

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History Lesson: Neighborhoods Reconnected with Cultural Wall, features work by Kojo Kamau

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Neighborhoods Reconnected with Cultural Wall, features work by Kojo Kamau

Today marks the day when downtown will be reconnected to the King-Lincoln district via the Long Street Bridge. King-Lincoln has seen a resurgence of sorts with the revitalization of the Lincoln Theatre and the emergence of several local businesses such as Zanzibar and the Book Suite. To build on this success, a “Long Street Cultural […]

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History Lesson: Famed Restaurant The Maramor Returns for One Evening

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Famed Restaurant The Maramor Returns for One Evening

My good friend Jerry Glick knows of my interest in Columbus History and recently gave me a signed copy of David Cohen’s oddly titled book Sorry, Downtown Columbus is Closed. As I started to read through it I noticed an interesting connection to the Columbus Historical Society’s Historical Dinner Club series. On page 21, he […]

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History Lesson: Celebrating the history of the Jai Lai restaurant

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Celebrating the history of the Jai Lai restaurant

Columbus was recently “noticed” by Forbes Travel guides as being a secret food city and the coffee lovers website Sprudge.com just proclaimed our fair metropolitan as an underrated coffee city. So it should really come as no surprise that we have been a terrific restaurant city for years. One of our fabled restaurants, Marzetti’s, was […]

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History Lesson: The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

One of Columbus’ most well hidden treasures is about to have a re-launch that should make it as well known locally as it is in cartooning circles. Originally founded in 1977 and housed in two rooms of the Ohio State University School of Journalism, the Billy Ireland Cartoon & Research Library will open its’ new […]

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History Lesson: Happy Columbus Day

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day! As the largest city in the United States named after Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, it should come as no surprise that our city is dotted with statues of him. There is a statue of him on the Statehouse grounds, one at Columbus State Community College, and the largest statue in our city […]

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