Current & Past Exhibitions

Experience Westerville's past through the themed exhibitions of artifacts on display in the Westerville History Center & Museum.

Displays change periodically, showcasing different items and artifacts from the Westerville collection based on a central theme, including descriptions and historical content.

Prohibition! Expectation vs. Reality

2019-2020

Travel back in time to the Prohibition era (1920-1933), when it was illegal to buy or sell alcohol in the United States. From unintended consequences to unexpected outcomes, experience what life was like back then with interactive displays of historic objects, audio clips, photo-ops, and more.

Topics include:

  • 18th Amendment
  • African Americans & the Prohibition era
  • Anti-Saloon League
  • Fashion
  • Female outlaws
  • Gangsters & organized crime
  • Jazz music
  • Propaganda & persuasion
  • Pros/cons
  • Speakeasies
  • Suffrage movement & the Prohibition era
  • Westerville’s role
  • Wet or dry: arguments for & against

A national issue with Westerville roots, learn about the part Westerville played in the passage of the 18th amendment, 100 years later. Delve into the role of the Anti-Saloon League – headquartered where the Westerville Public Library now stands - who used marketing and campaigning savvy to persuade the nation to vote themselves dry. Discover the long-lasting effects of the era and how it made way for organized crime, societal freedom for women, the rise of jazz music, and more.

Share about your experiences, hashtag #anythingbutdry.

Though there is no age restriction for entry, please note that this exhibit covers historical topics related to alcohol, including bootleggers, organized crime, speakeasies, and other unseemly legacies of the Prohibition era. No alcohol will be served.

Past Themes

  • 2017-2019 - Over There: A World War I Exhibit
  • 2016 - Fashion from the Westerville Collection
  • 2015 - World War II

Contact Us

Questions? Contact us at 614-882-7277 ext. 7 or localhistory@westervillelibrary.org.

Contact Us

Hours

Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm
Closed on Saturday: 1-2pm
Closed on Sunday

Available by appointment.

Address

110 S. State Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Map & Virtual Tour

Note: You can enter the Local History Center via the mallway of the library, near the State Street entrance.

Visitors are welcome anytime during business hours.

Events & Classes (History & Culture)

January 20

7pm - 8:30pm
History & Culture of Tea

History & Culture of Tea

General Audience

January 22

7pm - 8:30pm
A Celebration of Animation

A Celebration of Animation

General Audience

January 24

7:30pm - 9pm
Collecting Veterans' Stories and Military Artifacts

Collecting Veterans' Stories and Military Artifacts

General Audience

February 27

7pm - 8pm
Immigration, Racism, and Xenophobia: A Historical Perspective

Immigration, Racism, and Xenophobia: A Historical Perspective

18 + up

March 2

6:30pm - 8pm
Predicting College Success

Predicting College Success

18 + up

March 4

7pm - 8:30pm
Traveling to Europe and the Holy Land

Traveling to Europe and the Holy Land

18 + up

March 18

7pm - 8pm
Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution

16 + up

March 27

7:30pm - 9pm
The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen

General Audience

April 23

7pm - 8:30pm
Freedom, Citizenship & Equality: The Story of the United States Colored Troops

Freedom, Citizenship & Equality: The Story of the United States Colored Troops

General Audience

April 30

7pm - 8:30pm
Meet the Author: Paul Gaus

Meet the Author: Paul Gaus

18 + up

May 6

2:30pm - 4:30pm
A Quiet, Peaceful Suffrage Movement?

A Quiet, Peaceful Suffrage Movement?

General Audience

May 6

3pm - 4:30pm
Genealogy for Free

Genealogy for Free

18 + up, General Audience

May 15

7:30pm - 9pm
Westerville Masons: An Ancient Tradition

Westerville Masons: An Ancient Tradition

General Audience

May 21

7pm - 8pm
Discover the National Veterans Memorial & Museum

Discover the National Veterans Memorial & Museum

18 + up

May 28

7pm - 8:30pm
Rebels in Corsets: The Embodied Rhetoric of the Women's Suffrage Movement

Rebels in Corsets: The Embodied Rhetoric of the Women's Suffrage Movement

General Audience

June 16

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

General Audience

June 17

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

General Audience

June 18

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

General Audience

June 19

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

General Audience

June 20

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

American Voices: The Right to Vote (Ohio Chautauqua 2020)

General Audience

Hours
Mon - Thurs

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fri

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun

1 p.m. - 6 p.m.