Permanent & Temporary Exhibits

Permanent Exhibits

Exhibits: Past and Present

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2013 Exhibit Schedule

January 24-February 2013

A Look Back at Clark County's African American History


February 15-April 2013

Newsweek 1983: Rediscovering the American Dream

Past Exhibits:


February 7-March 20, 2012

A Look Back at Clark County's African American History

April 10-May 25, 2012

Ohio and the Civil War - 150 Years Later - Ohio Historical Society Traveling Exhibit

October 2012

Stuff that Scares the Staff - Scary Things from the Historical Society Collections


September - November 2011

Memorial Hall Time Capsule Exhibit

May 24-June 22, 2011

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music - Traveling Exhibit from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Program

November 2011

New Permanent Exhibit on Asa Bushnell moved from the 1st floor Gateway Gallery to the 2nd floor


The Archaeology of Clark County - New Permanent Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

From Clark County to Washington, D.C.: Service in the Nation's Capitol - New Permanent Exhibit on the 2nd Floor


112 Years and Counting: The History of the Clark County Historical Society              Summer 2009-Summer 2010

This exhibit examined the history of the historical society from its founding in 1897 to the present day.  Visitors learned about past locations, events, early artifacts that were collected and the story of how we got where we are today.


Clark County Education from 1850-Present   March 19, 2008-March, 2009 

This exhibit included a photograph gallery of images of students and buildings from our collection and objects from our extensive education collection.


Technology: The Transformation of Daily Life

The Transformation of Daily Life ran from March 21, 2007-January 15, 2008 in the Noonan Family Community Gallery.  This exhibit portrayed the progress of technology from the mid 19th century through the early 21st century by examining four themes that changed throughout the year:

1. The Home and Household  March 21-May 31

2. Communication June 1-September 14  ~ Click HERE for article from Springfield News-Sun

3. Environmental Controls, Health and Hygeine September 15-November 14

4. Entertainment November 15-January 15

Springfield Civic Theater 75th Anniversary Retrospective - August 11-November 1, 2007  ~ Click HERE and HERE for articles from the Springfield News-Sun

National Road Exhibit  August 14-September 4, 2007

This exhibition chronicled the origin and evolution of the National Road, the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway. The exhibit focused on Ohio and highlights the National Road’s heyday as the primary route for western migration and settlement, the long era of decline when it was overshadowed by the railroad, its early 20th century rebirth as U.S 40 with the advent of the automobile, through the modern era when it was both a working road for long-haul truckers and a pleasant route for family outings, before being replaced by the interstate highway system.

Ten highly illustrated panels featured the Road’s creators, innovative construction techniques, unique s-bridges and mile markers, 19th and 20th century accommodations that catered to travelers, Road maintenance and the Road’s future as an All-American Road National Scenic Byway and tourist destination.

Click here for an article on the exhibit from the Springfield News-Sun.


Focus on Flight 

Focus on Flight ran from October 2006-March 2007 in the Gateway Gallery and it focused on the development of aerospace technologies in Clark County.  The exhibit highlighted inventor Larence Rausenberger who pioneered engine development and worked with the Wright Brothers, local patent attorney Harry Toulmin, who helped the brothers to get credit for their invention, and also looked at SPECO and Robbins and Myers and other local companies who manufactured goods for the aerospace industry.

Memories of Champions 

Memories of Champions ran from July-December 2006 in the Noonan Family Community Gallery.  The exhibit showcased Clark County’s great athletes, focusing  both on high school teams and professional sports heroes that made their county proud.  Sports that were highlighted in the exhibit included baseball, basketball, football, cross country and track, golf, and boxing.

Creative Muses 

The Creative Muses ran from January to June 2006 in the Noonan Family Community Gallery.  The exhibit examined the creativity of Clark Countians in various fields-painting, literature, music, photography and in the theatre and on film.

Click HERE and HERE for articles from the Springfield News-Sun.


After the Victory 1945-1955

Long Held/Seldom Seen - February-March 2005

Looking Good: 100 Years of Clark County Fashion  - April-November

Blazes! Springfield Fires and Firefighters -September 2005-January 2006


60th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion

Childhood Memories

Never Done: A Look at Women’s Work - January-April 2004

In the Good Old Summertime - May-August 2004

Clark County Politics - October 2004-January 2005


Clark County Archaeology

Fifty from the 50s

Clark County Glass: Pharmacies, Dairies, Medicine


Memories of 1941

Celebrating Our Heritage - Black History Month

Tribute to Clark County Women - Women’s History Month

1st Clark Countians

The Vietnam Wall Experience

Firefighters, Police and EMA - Memories of Heroes

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