Commentary: After 20 Years, Time To Look At Ohio Constitution

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Opening of Ohio's last Constitutional Convention, Ohio Statehouse, January 9, 1912.
October 30, 2012

Had enough of the election yet? WOSU commentator and local historian Ed Lentz has had just about enough. But he takes time to teach us about an issue on the ballot that has gotten little attention – Issue #1 which asks if Ohioans want to hold a constitutional convention.

Commentary: Innovation Not New To Columbus

A Columbus innovation - the Columbus Carriage manufactured by the Columbus Buggy Company
October 10, 2012

The City of Columbus has just wrapped up a week-long celebration of innovation called iDUs. WOSU Commentator and local historian reminds us that innovation is not new to Columbus.

Summer of 2012 Too Hot? Thankfully It’s Not 1936.

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The swimming pool at Indianola Park offered a break from the heat in the early 1900's.
23, 2012

Temperatures are expected to get close to 90 today, as the dog days of summer start to fade away. It has been a hotter than normal summer here in Central Ohio. Despite the uncomfortable heat, WOSU commentator and local historian Ed Lentz reminds how lucky we are.

Commentary: Who’s Blocking All The Good Views?

Looking west from downtown Columbus.
29, 2012

There used to be plenty of places for the public to enjoy a good view of Columbus and Central Ohio. WOSU commentator and local historian Ed Lentz wants to know why those places are on the decline.

Memorial Day – A Time To Remember In The North And South

Camp Chase Graves
Camp Chase honors Confederate soldiers each June.
22, 2012

This weekend Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. WOSU Commentator and local historian Ed Lentz traces the story of the final Monday in May.

Commentary: Columbus – A City Where Dreams are Made

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Columbus turns 200 on February 14, 2012
14, 2012

Today Columbus celebrates its Bicentennial. It’s kind of like the Super Bowl for WOSU Commentator and Local Historian Ed Lentz.

19th Century Ohio – Fragility and Fortitude

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Lucas Sullivant
November 23, 2011

The first Thanksgiving was a celebration of how the pilgrims overcame their first difficult months in the New World. History tells us Americans’ persistence to survive did not end there.

Mr. Neil’s Legacy Lives On In University District

William Neil
October 6, 2011

Tonight WOSU-TV premiers the latest documentary in its Columbus Neighborhoods Series. The University District traces the history of the area surrounding Ohio State University. WOSU Commentator and local historian Ed Lentz says one man is largely responsible for what the neighborhood is today.

Ohio Townships – Colonial Governments in a Modern Era

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Washington Township handles fire protection in Dublin.
14, 2011

Governor Kasich has called on Ohio to change the way it operates. He wants local governments and school districts to consolidate, find ways to save money. One target of consolidation is the township. WOSU Commentator and local historian Ed Lentz reminds us townships have roots that are 225 years deep.