Ohio Historical Society invites Central Ohio to "Capture a Controversy"

Social media contest to produce OHS's first-ever "crowdsourced" display

The Ohio History Center invites Central Ohio to be part of the conversation centered around a new exhibit that examines perceptions of race stereotypes from a historical perspective. A new social media-powered contest, “Capture a Controversy” invites participants to capture and share photos online for a chance to be featured in the first-ever crowd-sourced display at the Ohio History Center during Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About, which opens on Wednesday, February 29.

Using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, “Capture a Controversy” will promote dialogue before Controversy 2 opens. Ohioans are encouraged to show off their photographic and artistic skills, both amateur and professional, between now and February 29. Photos can be submitted on Facebook, or on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #Controversy2. Photos will be reviewed and the winners will be displayed at the Ohio History Center. The winning photographers will receive a free admission for Saturday, March 3.

The contest involves five easy steps:
1. DISCOVER something that illustrates a perception of racial stereotypes in today’s world. These are the unspoken pieces in society that stir emotions about personal identity.

2. CAPTURE that “something” into an image by using a smart phone or digital camera.

3. SHARE the image onto the Ohio Historical Society Facebook page, via Twitter or Instagram. Up to three different images for this contest can be entered.

4. TITLE & TAG the image(s) chosen. Give the image(s) a title and use the hashtag #Controversy2 so the entry can be tracked.

5. SPREAD the word. Participants are encouraged to share about the contest and the exhibit with their social network.

"Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About, will stimulate conversation, thought and debate,” said Jane Mason, OHS marketing director. “A limited amount of information on the pieces will be available in the exhibit. We’ve found that this encourages visitors to form their own interpretations and opinions.”

For guests who would like the opportunity to learn more about the artifacts, the Ohio History Center offers tours and discussions, www.ohiohistory.org/controversy.

Winners in the “Capture a Controversy” contest will be selected and notified by March 1.

Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About, will be on view at the Ohio History Center starting February 29.  Admission to this special exhibit is included with paid museum admission or free to Ohio Historical Society members. The exhibit is open to adults or minors accompanied by an adult.

Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archeology and natural history. The society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 250,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Center is home to a world class museum, the state archives, Echoes in Time Theater, Ohio Historic Preservation Office, and the administrative offices of the Society. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans into the future.

The Museum in the Ohio History Center is open Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Noon to 5 p.m.  The Archives/Library is open Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (closed on Sunday). The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is open Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general information about the Ohio Historical Society, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.

For specific information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312.