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Lesson Plans

  • Agriculture: Past and Present

    In 1839, Ohio was the leading producer of wheat in the United States. By 1849, Ohio ranked first in corn production in the nation. Today, Clintonville is mostly a residential neighborhood. However, many efforts have been made to connect with the agricultural heritage. Read More
  • Desegregation of Columbus Schools

    Despite the ruling in the Brown case, many school districts remained largely segregated as a result of residential patterns and the manipulation of attendance boundaries by local school boards. U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert Duncan ordered the desegregation of Columbus schools in his ruling in Penick v. Columbus Board of Education, on March 8, 1977. Read More
  • Main Street USA: 1950s-1960s

    The transition of Clintonville from a rural to postwar suburban community reflected larger national patterns in American history. The Graceland Shopping Center became a major hub for the consumer-driven economy of Clintonville. Along High Street, many of Clintonville’s stores and restaurants were family-owned businesses that contributed to the small town atmosphere of the community. Read More
  • Suburbanization & Entertainment

    Clintonville was conceived by some developers as a luxury suburb about 5-6 miles north of downtown Columbus. Large homes and lots on North Broadway reflected this development plan. However, despite being called a “suburb,” much of Clintonville remained rural area in the early 1900s. Clintonville’s real development as a suburb resulted from the installation of streetcar lines that connected Columbus with Worthington. Read More
  • Clintonville Underground Railroad

    In Clintonville, the Clinton (Methodist) Chapel at Weber and High Street became an important station on the Underground Railroad. The church’s minister, Rev. Jason Bull, was a zealous abolitionist and served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. 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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