Here’s some good news on the genealogy front: the Ohio Historical Society Library/Archives is about to increase its hours of operation.
While researching there Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to see a small sign greeting visitors. The sign noted that beginning July 6, the Archives/Library will be open on Wednesdays. The new hours will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is welcome news, considering that at one point not long ago the facility was open only two days a week. The research room has also been redesigned, with the staff desk right in the middle of the room. The new design allows the Library to function with fewer staff members at one time, making the expanded hours possible. I didn’t find a notice about the change in hours on the OHS website yet.
Since it’s always a good idea to find out what resources are available before visiting a repository, you can access the OHS Archives/Library catalog here. Parking at OHS is now free, so your only expense is the cost of making copies (25 cents per page). You do need to check in at the main entrance upon arrival, and first-time visitors to the Archives will be asked to register for a researcher’s card.
The Ohio Historical Society is located at 1892 Velma Ave. in Columbus, just off Interstate 71 at the 17th Avenue exit. (Be aware that during the Ohio State Fair, which runs from July 27-August 7 this year, traffic at this exit increases greatly.) And if you or other family members would like to visit the newly revamped and renamed Ohio History Center Museum in the same building, check out this article in The Columbus Dispatch about some interesting new exhibits on Ohio soldiers, battle flags, and family history. I hope to see these exhibits myself within the next few weeks!