COLUMBUS GROVE — Getting students excited about history is always a
plus for social studies teachers. Getting them excited about their own
community’s history as it prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday is
much more than exciting.
This past school year, 16 students in
Skyler Mayberry’s Advanced Placement American History class spent
several months researching different aspects of Columbus Grove history.
They also developed boards filled with historical pictures and
information that will be on display during the Columbus Grove
Sesquicentennial celebration, June 15-June 22, in the school Commons
The research began last March after students had chosen their topic for research.
had a week to come up with a project idea,” Mayberry said. “I just
advised them if I thought the idea was too narrow or too broad.”
students chose many areas of Columbus Grove’s History, including the
Columbus Grove fire departments, CG Auto Sales, Columbus Grove
recreation, greenhouses, Columbus Grove dairies, the Day Block, the post
office and several more.
The students then were responsible for
research and for finding past pictures, and taking present pictures if
it applied, for the boards they developed.
“They would interview people and take pictures,” Mayberry said.
students really enjoyed it.” He said employees at Hawkeys who talked to
the students when they picked up their pictures also noticed the
excitement the students had about learning the history of Columbus
“Many of the students would go through microfilm of old newspapers in their research,” Mayberry said.
pointed out a board that tells the history of study clubs in Columbus
Grove that includes a printout of the articles written about the various
study clubs and the topics they studied.
The student who did the history of Lugibill Brothers Inc. was given a tour of the business and told about the past history.
board talks about the Jones & Sons Ax Handle Factory, but ties it
in with education since J.F. Jones was the first superintendent in
Columbus Grove Schools.
The sixteen boards will be on display beginning Monday, June 16, in the school Commons.
invite everyone to stop by and learn more about Columbus Grove,”
Mayberry said. He said the 16 boards provide a wide mix of Columbus
Grove’s history. “This obviously does not include the entire history of
the village,” Mayberry said. “It’s on many different areas of the
Mayberry will also have a local history slide presentation showing in the Commons during the celebration.