Historic Columbus Partners with RiverCenter for “Lost Columbus” Exhibit
Historic Columbus and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts have formed a partnership to present three exhibits of Columbus history. The first, “Lost Columbus” is now on view through December 22.
“Lost Columbus” provides an interesting perspective of Columbus’ past through historic images and stories of significant buildings and homes that stood before many of us were born. Their stories may be reinterpreted over time, different values may be emphasized, but continuing the conversation about them and their historic significance is important. These places, even though gone, give voice in a very tangible way to Columbus’ past and provide an impetus for the future.
“Historic Columbus is extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to partner with RiverCenter,” said Elizabeth B. Walden, Executive Director of Historic Columbus. “When presented with the idea, we jumped at the chance to share with the show-goers of RiverCenter the stories of our town. Columbus, like many cities, lost numerous older structures in the 1940s and 1950s for many reasons. These are only a sample of the residential, commercial, and civic buildings that were lost over time focused within our greater downtown area. We are so excited for this cultural arts partnership and look forward to more in our future!”
RiverCenter’s Executive Director, Norman S. Easterbrook is also excited by the partnership. “The arts tell the stories of who we once were, who we are, and who we want to be. These exhibits will help all who see them to appreciate our history and to respect and celebrate the structures that were key to making Columbus a great community,” said Easterbrook. “Although RiverCenter is a relatively new structure and ours is a relatively new organization, the inspiration that brought both the RiverCenter structure and organization into being has roots that run very deep in Columbus to improve our community, to lift things of grace and beauty up so they can be accessible to all, and I think, to establish firm foundations on which our community can grow to its highest and best culturally, economically, and socially. This exhibit allows us to tell a richer story of Columbus and to help us all memorialize the foresight of those who loved and built this community long before RiverCenter was part of the growing cultural fabric of our community.”
The “Lost Columbus” exhibit is located on the second-floor mezzanine and is open for viewing during RiverCenter’s normal business hours from 10AM-5:00PM Monday through Friday.