Fundraiser to benefit the Poindexter Village Museum & Cultural Center!

This year’s event — titled “Celebrating History With Poindexter Village” — was at the King Arts Complex (KAC) in Columbus. Thank you so much for attending and supporting the Historic Poindexter Village. If you would like to support the fundraiser for Historic Poindexter Village please contact Abby Reynolds at 614.297.2320 or email Abby.

Historic Poindexter Village was a vibrant mix of Black families, businesses, places to worship and culture. Located in Columbus’ Near East Side, Poindexter Village was dedicated in 1940 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as one of the first public housing projects in the United States. The 400-unit apartment complex was named in honor of Rev. James Preston Poindexter, an abolitionist, civil rights advocate and Baptist minister. This community represents the birth and history of public housing in this country and reflects Ohio’s place in the national story of the Great Migration.

Today, two historic Poindexter Village buildings remain and will be transformed into a museum and cultural learning center that will portray the history of this close-knit community — what it was, what it did and what it stood for — to ensure it is not lost. Through a collection of oral histories, village memorabilia and exhibits, artistic endeavors and community programming, visitors will learn the rich untold story of an African American experience in its neighborhood and beyond in order to nurture understanding, inform action and empower future generations to build the strong, vibrant and just community they want to live in. Joining in partnership with Conestoga in this fund-raising endeavor is the James Preston Poindexter Foundation.

Patrons — $2,500+

$5,000 Level

Fifth Third Bank
Jodi & Stan Ross

$2,500 Level
The Ohio State University Wexner
Medical Center’s East Hospital, The
Ohio State University Wexner Medical
Center’s Health Equity Department
and Partners Achieving Community
Transformation (PACT)
Carole & Stu Williams

Event Supporter
Extraordinaires —
$1,000 to $2,499

Lexie & Bill Bickell
Martha Burton
Laura & Pat Ecklar
Jim Ginter
Marilyn Goodman
Michael Griffith
Beth & Bob Hamilton
Dan Jensen
Jan Kiecolt-Glaser
Marjorie Knight
Judy Krasnoff
Pauline Wardlow Lynn Memorial Fund
of The Columbus Foundation
Heather & Gary Ness
Ruth Paulson
Emily & Tom Prieto
Barbara & Jim Rutherford
David Timmons
Betsy & Charlie Warner
Bob Weiler
Dick Wendt
Betty & Howard Zimmer

Sponsors — $500 to $999

Barbara Hughes
Donna & Larry James
Joyce & Tom Johnson
Kathleen Lach-Rowan
Joanne Lynn
Peg & Larry Neal
John Paulson & Barbara Hotchkiss
Rebecca & Loren Pool
Beth Prince
Joan & Jerry Riseling
Tom Sturges
Doreen Uhas-Sauer

Supporters — $250 to $499
Vanessa & George Arnold
Canise Bean
John & Marie Brandt
Becky & Skip Cornett
Tom & Dawn Dillard
Bebe & John Finn
Shellee Fisher
Lois Fulmer
Ann Gabriel
June & David Hinkle
Bob & Mary Leonhard
McGann Media Group/Jamie McGann
Venica Miller
Marilyn Pritchett
Carol & Tom Rieland
Sally Rogers
Tony Roseboro

Partners — Up to $249

Otto Beatty & Christie Angel
Evalyn & Tom Brandt
Dale Brubeck & John Merola
Norma & Robert Bruce
Rebecca & Douglas Deeds
Nancy Donoghue & Robert Rapp
James Dooley
Patricia Eldredge
Joanne & Chris Figge
Rosalie Frazier
Mabel Freeman
Steve George
Anthony Gibbs
Janet & Clyde Henry
Rita & Tim Lyons
Bette Madson & Dee Dee Manos
Christine & John Olsen
Carolyn & Dan Owens
Harry Parsons
Georgeanne & Michael Reuter
Stephanie Sanders
Diane Selby
Paul Shepard
Lana Smith
Pauline & Lee Starr
Sharon & Mark Tranovich
Rachel & Andy Verhoff
Jane Young

Our Story

Conestoga was established in 1986 as an important volunteer corps of support for Ohio History Connection. Its primary mission is to raise private-sector funds for Ohio History Connection programs and has raised more than $700,000 plus established an endowment fund since its founding. Conestoga members participate in a wide variety of social and educational events, such as:

  • Guided tours of historical sites and museums around Ohio;
  • Behind-the-scenes private tours and lectures;
  • Membership to Ohio History Connection, including free admission to all its historical sites and a subscription to Echoes Magazine;
  • North American Reciprocal Museum Association benefits; and
  • Discounts at the Ohio History stores, to name a few.

As a support group, Conestoga also plans and conducts an annual fund-raiser. Opportunities for involvement are plentiful and varied.

Conestoga welcomes members of all ages and interests. Membership currently costs $100 for a single membership and $150 for a couple membership. Dues include admission to all regularly scheduled Conestoga social events and educational programs, as well as all the benefits of the Ohio History Connection Plus membership.

Conestoga Programs for 2022—2023

All programs are free unless indicated otherwise. All programs and events are subject to change.

Fall Conestoga Trip • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

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Fall Conestoga Trip • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

Adena Mansion & Gardens • 847 Adena Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park • 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Conestoga Members: $20 • Non-Members: $25

Adena was the 2000-acre estate of Thomas Worthington (1773-1827), sixth governor of Ohio and one of the state's first United States senators. The mansion house has been restored to look much as it did when the Worthington family lived there, including many original Worthington family furnishings. The gardens have undergone major renovation. Visitors may stroll through three terraces of flowers and vegetables, as well as the shrubs and trees in the grove. Looking east from the north lawn of the mansion, one can see across the Scioto River Valley to the Logan Range. This view was the inspiration for the Great Seal of the State of Ohio. A Museum and Visitor Center features interactive exhibits that use the stories of people connected to Adena to give visitors a picture of life in Ohio in the early 1800s.

The Hopewell Culture National Historical Park includes six sites within the Ross County area—all of which are included in the nomination for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park protects the prehistoric remains of a dynamic social and ceremonial phenomenon that flourished in the woodlands of eastern North America between 200 B.C. and A.D. 500.

Member Appreciation Brunch • Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022

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Member Appreciation Brunch

Clintonville Woman’s Club
3951 N High St., Columbus OH 43214

"Celebrating History With Poindexter Village" • Saturday, April 29, 2023

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“Celebrating History With Poindexter Village”

Saturday, April 29, 2023 • 3—6 p.m.
King Arts Complex
835 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203

Ohio History Connection’s most recently designated historic site — the Poindexter Village Museum & Cultural Center — will be the recipient of funds raised during Conestoga’s annual fund-raiser. Conestoga, in partnership with the James Preston Poindexter Foundation (JPPF), will present a fun event that includes great food and drink, a raffle for outstanding packages and access to the many exhibits and artwork contained within King Arts Complex.

Poindexter Village plays a significant role in the rich history of Central Ohio’s African American community and holds an important position in the national story of the Great Migration. Located in Columbus’ Near East Side, Poindexter Village was dedicated in 1940 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as one of the first public housing projects in the United States. The apartment complex was named in honor of local community leader and abolitionist, the Rev. James Preston Poindexter. Through this event, Conestoga and JPPF are investing in a vision — a vision that includes a museum and cultural learning center in the two remaining historic buildings at the site that will portray the history of this close-knit Black community — what it was, what it did and what it stood for — to ensure it is not lost. It will include oral histories of past Poindexter Village residents and members of the surrounding community, exhibits, artistic endeavors and community programming, including an annual drum circle honoring the community’s ancestors through stories, song and dance.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person. Contact Abby Reynolds, Ohio History Connection Development Officer, at 614-297-2320 or [email protected].

Conestoga Summer Trip • Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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John & Annie Glenn Museum, 72 W. Main, New Concord 43762
National Road & Zane Grey Museum, 8850 East Pike, Norwich 43767

Participants in this event will drive separately to the sites. If you would like to hitch a ride with
another Conestoga member, please indicate that on the Reservation Form.

COST: $20 per person for Conestoga members; $25 per person for non-Conestoga members.
Fee is all-inclusive and covers boxed lunch and drinks. Please indicate your lunch
choice on the reservation form.

TIME: Arrive for check-in at the John & Annie Glenn Museum by 10:15 a.m. After our visit
there, we’ll drive to the National Road & Zane Grey Museum, which is less than 10
minutes away, for our second museum visit and lunch.

PAYMENT: Pay by credit card or check. See attached reservation form.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 24. Due to our fixed costs for the trip, we cannot provide refunds
after this date for cancellations. We will confirm your reservation via email or phone.
Please provide the contact information you would like us to use on the attached
reservation form.

QUESTIONS: Email Abby Reynolds at [email protected] or call 614-297-2320.

Conestoga's Annual Meeting • Thursday, June 15

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Come join with your fellow Conestoga members as we finish our year in grand fashion at our Annual Meeting. We’ll gather at the Ohio History Center in the third floor Cardinal Room at 2 p.m. to hear remarks from Megan Wood. Megan was named as OHC’s first female executive director and CEO on Aug. 1, 2022. We’ll hear what observations she has made and what plans she is developing for the future as she nears the completion of her first year.

Another important component of the Annual Meeting is the approval by those present of a slate of candidates for election to the Steering Committee and the election of a Treasurer. The candidates are:  John Brandt, Jim Dooley, Laura Ecklar, Joanne Figge, Dan Jensen, Judy Krasnoff, Bob Leonhard, Ann Lowder, Heather Ness, Harry Parsons, Emily Prieto, Jim Rutherford, Charlie Warner, Dick Wendt and Howard Zimmer. The term for these individuals runs from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. In addition, Dan Jensen is the candidate for the position of Conestoga’s Treasurer, which is a two-year term, running from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2025. Nominations for additional members of the committee may also be made from the floor, with the permission of the nominee.

And, finally, we’ll be announcing this year’s gift from Conestoga to OHC in support the creation of the Poindexter Village Museum & Cultural Center!

Ohio History Alive! Program

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Ohio History Center – Cardinal Classroom

Ohio History Alive! is a monthly discussion group for Conestoga members that considers many facets of past and current Ohio history using multimedia resources. Ohio History Alive! typically meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of scheduled months at the Ohio History Center.



For information on how to join Conestoga, please contact us at 614.297.2320 or click the link below!

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