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Columbus Historical Society Opens New Digs In Franklinton

After an eight month hiatus, the Columbus Historical Society has re-opened its doors in a new location in Franklinton.

The society was located in COSI for five years before it shuttered its exhibits at the end of 2016. On Friday, they reopened those exhibits in a former Mt. Carmel medical office at 717-719 West Town Street.

Mike Frush is the president of the society, and says that location is thematically appropriate.

“Franklinton is the original settlement in Central Ohio, the first permanent settlement in Central Ohio, non-native settlement. And so it’s a natural place for us to be,” Frush says.

Frush says the neighborhood has become a historical corridor of sorts with the Franklinton Historical Society’s Harrison House, Jubilee Museum, Catholic Cultural Center, and Deardurff House.

The Columbus Historical Society currently has seven exhibits on display. The building also has a basement and adequate room to hold the all of the society’s archive.

Before moving to the 2,400 square feet of space at COSI in 2012, the society was housed in a 1,500-square-foot building on Jefferson Avenue.

Clare Roth was former All Things Considered Host for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU in February of 2017. After attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she returned to her native Iowa as a producer for Iowa Public Radio.