Columbus Historical Society

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Location717 West Town St., Columbus, Ohio
Coordinates 39°57′22″N83°01′09″W / 39.956041°N 83.019174°W / 39.956041; -83.019174 Coordinates: 39°57′22″N83°01′09″W / 39.956041°N 83.019174°W / 39.956041; -83.019174
PresidentMichael A. Frush
Public transit accessAiga bus trans.svg COTA alt logo.svg 3, 6, 9
Nearest parkingSurface lot

The Columbus Historical Society (CHS) is the historical society for Columbus, Ohio, chronicling the city's history. The society office and museum building is located in the Franklinton neighborhood. In 2020, the Columbus Historical Society aims to raise funds to purchase Engine House No. 6 for its first permanent home.



The historical society building has gallery spaces, and holds numerous local history and art exhibits each year. One of these, in 2016, displayed the history of Poindexter Village, the city's first public housing project. [1]

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The Columbus Historical Society was founded in 1990. [3]

The historical society was once located on Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Columbus. It moved to a 2,400-square-foot space in the museum COSI in Franklinton in 2012. In 2017, it moved to its own building at 717 West Town St., also in Franklinton. The society considers the neighborhood an appropriate place, given that it was the first non-native settlement in Central Ohio, and is located around numerous historic and cultural sites. [4] In December 2020, it was reported that the society had been working to open its first permanent headquarters in a nearby former fire station, Engine House No. 6. Originally planned to be occupied by CHS and Heritage Ohio, the historical society began an attempt to purchase the building on its own in July 2020. [5]

The society is one of several working to restore the Old Port Columbus Terminal building, the original terminal and airport control tower for what is now known as John Glenn Columbus International Airport. [6]

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