Every time the Darke County Historical Society unearths a new finding, there’s a good chance that the public’s first look at it will come in the exhibition halls of Greenville’s Garst Museum. More than 300,000 American artifacts fill the museum's six wings, many of which were discovered—or rediscovered, as the case may be—over the course of the society's archeological digs, genealogical research, and historic preservation activities.
Among the century-spanning exhibits, the softer side of sharpshooter Annie Oakley unfolds in the Coppock Wing, and antique cannonballs and Humvees speak of the wartime exploits of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Down on the first floor, a painting of Chief Tarhe, Grand Sachem of the Wyandots, presides over a collection that focuses on America during the 1700s but leaves room for anachronistic elements such as mastodon bones. The newest exhibit, "Diversity in Darke County: The Story of Longtown," celebrates local history with its visual chronicle of a tri-racial settlement in Greenville.
Aside from the main two-story brick Colonial home—which was built as an inn in 1852, according to Touring Ohio—the society and the museum maintain several properties of historic note. A free, self-guided tour of Bear's Mill and its 800-foot water channel can be capped with a cup of gourmet coffee, and the Lowell Thomas house provides insights into the childhood of the broadcaster and adventurer who once famously dined with the Prince of Wales inside an actual whale.
Alley's obliging staff enhances the art-collecting experience, whether you frequent fine-art auctions or fancy half-finished needlepoint work. With this deal, you’ll get expert custom framing on anything from your personal artwork to cherished sports memorabilia (most framing costs $75–$250). Alley’s framing services include needlepoint-art stretching, creative matting, and shadowboxes. Alley stocks hundreds of frames and mat samples to accommodate personal tastes, and will work with you throughout the design process to create a framed tour de force. All of Alley’s materials are created in-house and are of archival quality to ensure heirlooms enter the future unscathed.
United by a common interest in art and a commitment to nurturing artistic collaborations in their community, Wild Goose Creative organized this year’s Geekfest with the goal of bringing a wide range of self-proclaimed and budding geeks together. From Thursday, June 17, to Saturday, June 19, Geekfest features four individual events ($5 each). Thursday showcases a demonstration of Forbidden Kingdoms: The Art and Science of Roleplaying Games (7 p.m.), and Friday is scheduled with an hour of geek sketch comedy (8 p.m.) and Nerdcore Rising (9:30 p.m.), a film about MC Frontalot and his computer-obsessed brand of hip-hop. Saturday night features a video-game costume party (9 p.m.) at which attendees can dress up as their favorite character and turn 8-bit game entertainment into reality. Hop over to a fun-filled weekend of geeky activities without busting your head on coin-producing bricks with today’s side deal.
After peering into the mysteries of the human body, guests can meander through the rest of COSI's classic exhibits. Named the No. 1 children's museum in the country by Parents magazine, COSI's three levels of hands-on experiences teach kids about the wonders of science without dull lectures or Honey-dismaying youth-shrinking experiments. Wee ones can explore the LEGO® Castle Adventure, which educates about medieval fortifications before letting kids build their own, or the high-wire unicycle, whose counterweight keeps riders upright as they traverse the 84-feet-long, 17-foot-high wire. Live shows round out the offerings with a one-on-one game of hoops between two trained rats, a demonstration of the static power of Van de Graaff generators, and a weather demonstration that simulates the windy power of a hurricane and the moist coolness of a cloud's interior.