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Worthington

Lesson Plans

  • Early Settlements

    In 1802, a year before Ohio became a state under the terms of the Northwest Ordinance, a group of men met in Granby, Connecticut to plan the founding of a town 700 miles away in Ohio. The meeting was organized by James Kilbourn, a self-made, enthusiastic merchant, who also served as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. These men became proprietors in the Scioto Company and purchased 16,000 acres of land along the Olentangy River. Read More
  • Democratic Ideals: Schools and Libraries

    When James Kilbourn and other Worthington founders came from Connecticut to Worthington, they brought their New England ideals and cultural institutions with them. Schools and libraries were among the first institutions established in Worthington, reflecting the settlers’ commitment to public education and lifelong learning as democratic ideals. Read More
  • Agriculture and Enterprise

    As in many pioneer Ohio towns, agriculture was the backbone of the economy in early Worthington. Some Worthington landowners worked their own land, while others rented out land to tenant farmers. Read More
  • Abolitionism and the Civil War

    The Worthington Anti-Slavery Society was formed in 1836. Its founders included Ansel Mattoon and Ozem Gardner. Their homes were two of several houses in Worthington that served as stations on the Underground Railroad. Read More
  • Civil Rights

    In the early 20th century, African Americans organized the St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Worthington. Although African Americans were welcomed in other Worthington churches, the AME church served as a cultural and community center for Worthington’s African-American residents. Following World War II, suburban development challenged Worthington’s long tradition of openness. As in many cities and suburbs, developers refused to sell to homes to African Americans in Worthington’s predominately white neighborhoods. Read More
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Lessons from My Neighborhood

  • My Neighborhood: How to Tell Your Story

    Were you captivated by one or more Columbus Neighborhoods stories? Did it stir up images and memories of a place that is special to you? We invite you step into the shoes of a storyteller and producer. And we offer a surefire starter—My Neighborhood Toolkit—that will guide you from shaping your narrative to putting Read More
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