Black History Month offers us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of members of the black community, check out some of these ways you can celebrate Black History Month, including visiting the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center, the newest exhibit at the Hancock Historical Museum on the Underground Railroad and Black History Month, and sending your children to the University of Findlay and Black Heritage Library’s event on diversity.
Visit the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center
817 Harmon St.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 – 6 p.m.
First Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center is a one-of-a-kind museum and resource center with the mission of promoting the appreciation and understanding in cultural diversity. The Library has books and learning resources that can be checked out, but also features exhibits and artwork from artists with diverse backgrounds. You can learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr., view the beautiful Japanese exhibit, and see the Smithsonian Institute’s Black Wings exhibit. The Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center is the only location in the world awarded the Smithsonian Institute’s Black Wings exhibit which features African American Aviators, including the Tuskegee Airmen and those involved in the space program. On February 15, plan on joining the Black Heritage Library at their 35th Anniversary Celebration. This celebration will be held at Winebrenner Seminary and feature keynote speaker, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Jacqueline T. Williams. There will also be musical entertainment and raffle items, this event costs $50 and reservations can be made by calling 419-423-4954 or 419-788-6794. Facebook.com
Check out the newest exhibit at the Hancock Historical Museum
422 W. Sandusky St.
Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
Officially launching on Sunday, February 12, the Hancock Historical Museum in collaboration with the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center is opening an exhibit honoring the involvement of Hancock County in the Underground Railroad and on Black History Month. This exhibit will feature information on the Hancock County Underground Railroad conductors, some of the known stop locations, a reproduction of an Underground Railroad Quilt, and a traveling trunk full of books, articles, music, movies and other items for teachers to use. The official opening on the exhibit on February 12 from 1 – 4 p.m. will also have crafts for children, an opportunity to meet and speak with Reita Adams Smith, a descendent of one of the conductors, David Adams, and take part in a multicultural scavenger hunt. Facebook.com
Have your Children Explore Our World
February 20, 8 a.m. – Noon
The University of Findlay and the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center have partnered to bring Explore Our World 2017 to the Findlay community! This program will take place at the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center and during the program University of Findlay students will teach children about their various countries of origin. This program is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade (children are not in school on Feb. 20th due to Presidents’ Day). For more information, please contact the Black Heritage Library at 419-788-6794 or 419-423-4954. Facebook.com
No matter how you choose to celebrate Black History Month we hope you enjoy yourself! Check out our event calendar and some of our suggestions on ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Hancock County, places to listen to live music, and learn about some of the stars in our community, like Larry Alter from the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame.