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CMCpm - Columbus Identity: TBD - Tue Feb 19

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans


    I’m going to be there for sure. :o

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    I’m going just to hear that Mike Reed dude speak in front of a large crowd.




    I really need to get my Econ class to take a field trip to this so I can go :) Are CMC PM’s always on Tueday evenings or do they move them around during the week?

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    I think they’re mostly going to be on Tuesday nights, but there will probably be some exceptions. :D



    I’m going to act out my contribution- no speaking.

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    Got a third panelist added and some other minor updates. Looking forward to this. :D


    hazy stars

    MikeReed wroteI’m going to act out my contribution- no speaking.

    Ooooh pantomime.

    Love it.

    I will be there just because I stalk Mike Reed.

    Oh, and Walker.



    I hope Mike wears a mustache. That would make him look like a police officer.

    And everyone knows that police officer pantomime is the best.

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    An interesting document about the past identities of Columbus:

    Columbus has been nationally recognized for various reasons though out the years. We were first known as the Capitol of Ohio- Columbus was created, designed and platted as the capitol city of Ohio in 1812. We developed into the “Buggy Capitol of the World” by the end of the 1800’s. “Arch City” was another name Columbus earned for all the arches lighting streets throughout Columbus. East Broad Street was regarded as one of the most beautiful residential streets in the nation for the combination of the architecture of the homes along it and the design of the boulevard lined thorough fare itself. We were also home to the second largest brewing industry in the nation just before prohibition.


    Columbus was developed to serve as the seat of state government, and from its inception in 1812, government framed the backbone of the economy. Developers encouraged state officials to relocate the capitol to a more central location, and pledged 10 acres of ground each for a statehouse and a prison.

    Franklin County government was moved from Franklinton to Columbus in the early 1800s. The County Government complex anchors the southern edge of downtown.

    City Government moved several times since the founding in 1812. The current City Hall and police compound are located on the Scioto Riverfront, near the intersections of Broad and Front Streets.


    Education was a priority for the city’s founders. Columbus boasts that it was the location for the first Kindergarten and Junior High Schools in America. Learning was a community emphasis and early historians state that the library was second only to those in Boston, with citations about the quantity and quality volumes. In addition, the region is home to more than a dozen institution of higher learning including The Ohio State University, Capital University, and Ohio Dominican College, Columbus State University, Franklin University, and Columbus College of Art and Design to name a few.


    Central Ohio’s military history is compelling. Columbus was the site of a significant treaty between Native Americans and the newly formed US Military. The treaty, signed by Tarhee the Crane and General William Henry Harrison was a cornerstone of the peace to end the War of 1812.

    Many military bases and encampments were built around the region, and one of the most notable was the Civil War Camp Chase. Located on the hilltop, the camp served as a military headquarters and one of the farthest north Confederate Prisoner of War Camps. The Confederate Cemetery stands today on Sullivant Avenue as a memorial to more than 2000 Civil War dead.

    General Sherman gave his famous “War it is all hell” speech during a gathering of military veterans at what is now Franklin Park.

    Fort Hays (now part of Columbus Public Schools Arts Education Complex) served as an induction center for Central Ohio men until the Vietnam War.


    Capitalism played a major role in the founding of the city, and through out its colorful history. Lucas Sullivant, led the charge with various civic and private businesses, including surveying and bridge building. His initial success paved the way for future generations and innovators.

    John T. Ward, a devout and community minded individual served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and built a trucking company in the mid 1800s. Today, his company, E E Ward Moving and Storage is the oldest continuing operating African-American owned business in the country.

    Columbus has the second largest brewing industry in the Nation before prohibition. (The anti-saloon league was also based in Central Ohio- Westerville to be exact)

    Another well known entrepreneur was Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas. His concept for quality fast food built a multi-billion dollar international fast food chain, based in Dublin Ohio.

    The Belmont Casket Company was so well regarded as the “Cadillac of Caskets” that Marilyn Monroe was buried in one.

    The first commercial “Handybank” (ATM) machine was put into use by the Huntington Bank.

    The first commercial flight in history landed in Columbus. A bolt of silk was flown from a Dayton Department store for a store in Columbus.

    The American Professional Football League relocated to Columbus and under the management of Joe Carr become the NFL. During its 20 years at 16 E. Broad many teams, rules and regulations were put into place to create the game we love today.

    The commercial application for the xerography process was created at Battelle Institute.

    From land developers to technology, the entrepreneurial spirit crafted Central Ohio’s economy.


    Transportation served as the key to Columbus economic success. Virtually every form of transportation in American can be linked to Columbus. A feeder canal to the Ohio-Erie Canal system opened the region to east coast markets as early as 1839 with the National Road (the first Federally funded interstate highway in the nation) arriving in 1833. More than 15 rail lines crossed through Columbus in the 1870s. The result was a veritable explosion of population and economic growth.

    At one time, one in every eight pair of shoes in America was manufactured in Columbus.

    At the turn of the last century, Columbus as known as the “Buggy Capital of the World,” producing more buggies and buggy related items than anywhere else in the world. Columbus also became home to nearly 50 automobile makers.

    The first gas station in the nation opened in downtown Columbus.

    The federal highway system criss-crossed Columbus in the 1950s and 60s with east-west/north-south roadways that today links Columbus to 2/3 of the nation’s population within hours.

    The first woman to fly around the world was Jerrie Mock, a housewife from Bexley who complete her flight on April 17th, 1964.

    The first intercontinental flight across the US landed in Columbus.


    Columbus has always had a rich association with the arts. When Memorial Hall opened on East Broad Street (former site of COSI) it was the largest theater in America until Madison Square Gardens opened. People came from New York to visit Columbus and watch performances there.

    Sammy Davis Jr. had his first performance at the age of 3 on the stage at the Lincoln Theater.

    Alice Schillie, Emerson Burkhart, George Bellows, were all artists with national recognition.

    Columbus was a major stop on the Jazz and Big Band circuit. Theaters on Long Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue hosted all the great jazz artists while Valley Dale Ballroom was a noted stop for the Big Bands.

    The Sells Brothers Circus was a well regarded circus that was eventually sold to the Ringling Brothers.

    Many notable performers of stage, screen, and the music industry have (and continue) to come from Columbus.

    A small timeline of some significant events in Columbus. Please check our website for more information (it is still under construction but being completed as we speak) http://www.columbushistory.org

    1797 Franklinton Founded by Lucas Sullivant

    1812 Peace Treaty Signed

    1812 Columbus Settled

    1830’s Transportation opened Columbus Markets

    1850’s Education and Government Institutions

    More than 15 rail lines enter Columbus

    1860’s New Statehouse opens

    Camp Chase Built

    1880 Columbus dubbed “Arch City for

    Grand arches across High Street

    Rev. James Poindexter 1st African-American elected to public office

    1900s 1913 Flood devastated Franklinton

    Women won the municipal right to vote

    3 years before National right

    1940s Tuskegee Airmen transferred to Columbus

    Town and Country 1st Shopping Center outside of a downtown region opens

    1950s&1960s Freeways destroy neighborhoods but

    Frame Columbus future economic growth

    1970s Technology boom

    1980s Rampant Growth

    1990s Michael Coleman 1st African-American Mayor

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    Important Addendum:

    7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

    After party at Due Amici

    Reduced price appitizers and cocktails

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    Also, don’t forget to register/RSVP via phone or email:

    464-3220 or [email protected]



    In the 1990s, John Preston wrote in “The Big Gay Book” that Columbus is the best place for gays and lesbians to live.

    It’s important to recognize that although we do not have city recognition for domestic partners (or insurance – ughh) Columbus has moved from a place of tolerance of the 1970s and 1980s to a place of acceptance and even a top ten place for GLBT folk to live (according to the Advocate in 2007)

    Great list Jeff!

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