Ohio History Center Unveils Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Talk About

Objects speak from themselves in second exhibition installment

A child's toy bowling set with ethnic caricature bowling pins is one of the five objects on display at the Controversy 2 exhibit at the Ohio History Center.
A child's toy bowling set with ethnic caricature bowling pins is one of the five objects on display at the Controversy 2 exhibit at the Ohio History Center.
  • A child's toy bowling set with ethnic caricature bowling pins is one of the five objects on display at the Controversy 2 exhibit at the Ohio History Center.
    A child's toy bowling set with ethnic caricature bowling pins is one of the five objects on display at the Controversy 2 exhibit at the Ohio History Center.
    A child's toy bowling set with ethnic caricature bowling pins is one of the five objects on display at the Controversy 2 exhibit at the Ohio History Center.
    A child's toy bowling set with ethnic caricature bowling pins is one of the five objects on display at the Controversy 2 exhibit at the Ohio History Center.

COLUMBUS—The Ohio History Center invites guests to explore a new exhibit that examines perceptions of race stereotypes from a historical perspective.  In Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About, visitors are encouraged to reflect on how stereotypes influence personal identity.  The exhibit opens on Wednesday, Feb. 29.  The display follows on the heels of Controversy: Pieces You Don’t Normally See, which drew impressive crowds to the Ohio History Center.

Five objects will be on display from the Ohio Historical Society’s permanent collection: a Nazi flag, a poem written in ‘dialect,’ a child’s toy bowling set with ethnic caricature bowling pins, a dozen Currier & Ives “Darktown” prints and a 1947 Cleveland Indians jacket.

Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About, will stimulate conversation, thought and debate,  much the same way the first exhibit, Controversy: Pieces You Don’t Normally See, did,” said Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Ohio Historical Society. “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.”  More information on the objects will be found in the final portion of the exhibit.

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.

“By showing controversial objects from our state’s history, we hope to spur meaningful reflection and conversation on the issues they represent,” said Sharon Dean, Director of Museum and Library Services at the Ohio Historical Society. 

Controversy: Pieces You Don’t Normally See, 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.

ABOUT THE OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE OHIO HISTORY CENTER
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.

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