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Columbus Historical Society Moving Into COSI

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If you’ve always wanted to check out exhibits by The Columbus Historical Society but couldn’t make it to their space on Jefferson Avenue, you can rejoice because they will soon be housed in a permanent gallery space on the first floor at COSI.

“The Columbus Historical Society is very excited about the expanded possibilities our new gallery space at COSI provides,” said Jeffrey H. Lafever, Executive Director of the Columbus Historical Society.  “The new location broadens the outreach capabilities for CHS programs and displays and opens them up to new audiences. It also allows the CHS to exhibit interactive multimedia displays on this history of Columbus designed by local graduate students in conjunction with typical artifacts and still images.”

CHS has been working with Graduate Students from the Harvey Goldberg Center for Teaching Excellence at OSU. They spent Fall Quarter working on four cutting edge exhibitions that will be a part of the space.

The new space will essentially double the amount of gallery space that CHS had in their previous building. COSI already displays quite a few historical photographs of Columbus and having the Columbus Historical Society bring their wealth of knowledge and exhibitions will be a great fit.

“We are excited to see the historical stories the CHS has to integrate our guests’ experiences that will allow both COSI and our visitors to reflect on the abundant history of our great city of Columbus,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed. D., President and CEO of COSI.

Construction has already begun on the new space and the gallery is expected to be open in February, in conjunction with the 200th birthday of Columbus.

The Columbus Historical Society researches, documents and collects the history of Central Ohio. They have been working collaboratively with other organizations on the Columbus Memory Project. If you have an item that you would like to donate, please contact them to discuss.

Read more about the Columbus Historical Society at columbushistory.org. Individual Memberships start at $30. Find out more about COSI at cosi.org.

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