About The Clintonville Historical Society

The Clintonville Historical Society is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to discover, collect and preserve the neighborhood known as "Clintonville".

Since 2010, the Society has been working to incorporate history into the day to day lives of the Clintonville residents. They believe that telling the stories of the past, visually and orally, is the ultimate means to preserve the Clintonville community's rich history. Along these lines, they launched a collection of projects. All designed to make Clintonville history something residents and visitors see often.

In 2010, the Society worked with local Preservationist Nancy Recchie to list East North Broadway on the National Register of Historic Places. East North Broadway is a major east west corridor within the Clintonville community and it is the first housing subdivision created in the area. Once listed, Society members embarked on the creation of a walking tour related to the new district.

The walking tours of East North Broadway led to the implementation of a community wide trolley tour. With the support of Clintonville businesses, tour buses that look like street cars are rented. Society members act as the conductors on the cars and provide guests with historical facts about the neighborhood as the ride along High Street.

These tours in turn led to a relationship with the Columbus Department of Health and the creation of three Art Walk tours. Maps of the routes are available at businesses in the area. Along the route, there are signs. Those signs contain phone numbers that can be called. When a caller connects with the number, a narrator tells the caller about the area near the sign.

The success of the Art Walks led us to consider other projects that would link art and history in the public right of way. In 2011, the Society announced its intention to recreate "Memory Lane" on West North Broadway. The Society's modern version of this project is represented by city gardens- each containing a monument or sculpture recognizing a community memory. The first garden, the WWII garden, was dedicated on Memorial Day 2012. The second garden, the Vietnam Garden will be dedicated on Veteran's Day 2012. The Performing Arts and Welcome Garden will follow. In 2013, the Society will install the Underground Railroad Memorial Garden, the Childhood Memories Garden and the Pioneer Garden. Ultimately, twelve memory gardens will be placed on Memory Lane.

With the Gateway History Murals in place, once the Memory Lane Gardens are complete, North Broadway between the Olentangy River and the Railroad will be act as a community promenade. A walk along North Broadway will be a beautiful and educational experience for all ages.

This massive piece of art requires routine maintenance. We could use your help! Donate to the Gateway History Mural. Make your check payable to the Clintonville Historical Society, and mail to:
P.O. Box 14315
Columbus, OH 43214

Thank you for your generosity!

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