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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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Candice Watkins receives fourth annual Arch Award

Doug Motz Doug Motz Candice Watkins receives fourth annual Arch Award

The 4th annual Arch Award winner was announced last Thursday at the Columbus Historical Society’s Savor the City Gala. Candice Watkins was chosen as the winner. This year’s nominees also included John Angelo, and Darci Congrove and John Pribble III. These distinguished community leaders were suggested by readers of Columbus Underground. Past Arch award recipients […]

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Nominees for 2013 Arch Award Selected

Doug Motz Doug Motz Nominees for 2013 Arch Award Selected

ColumbusUnderground.com and the Columbus Historical Society are pleased to announce the nominees for the 4th annual ARCH Award. This honor is annually bestowed to someone who is working hard for the betterment of Columbus. Potential recipients were nominated by the Columbus Underground community. From this prestigious group, this years nominees were selected by previous Arch […]

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History Lesson: Icons of the Ohio State Fair

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Icons of the Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair is now in full swing and there is seemingly something for everyone. For the foodie, there is Honey tasting from 9:00 – 5:00 at the DiSalle Center. For the Art Lover, there are guided talks of Ohio State Fair award-winning artwork at 11:00 and 3:00 at the Cox Fine Arts Center. […]

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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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