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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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History Lesson: The Asian Festival

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The Asian Festival

It’s that time of year when Columbus is awash in fantastic festivals and fairs! For many, the unofficial kick-off of the season of Comfest, PRIDE Fest, Festival Latino, Jazz & Ribs Fest, Red White & Boom, Greek Festival, Pumpkin Festival & Oktoberfest is upon us – the Asian Festival. Only 19 years old, this celebration […]

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History Lesson: A celebration of Columbus history in stained glass

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: A celebration of Columbus history in stained glass

At the very first stages of my own interest in the history of Columbus, one of the first things I began to do was to walk more slowly while downtown and to look up. Amazing architectural details began to present themselves to me. Prides of lions in stone such as those that adorn State Auto, […]

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History Lesson: The 100th anniversary of the flood that destroyed Franklinton

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The 100th anniversary of the flood that destroyed Franklinton

Today is the 100th anniversary of the worst natural disaster to ever strike Columbus – the Flood of 1913. The rains of March 1913 had been steadily pouring since Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913 and on Tuesday the 25th, the wooden levees that held the Scioto back from the homes and businesses of the West […]

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