Sixteen boards featuring various historical reports and photos by Columbus Grove AP American History students will be in display all week beginning, Monday, June 16, in the Columbus Grove School Commons. The display will be on display the entire week of the Sesquicentennial celebration. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline0
Sixteen boards featuring various historical reports and photos by Columbus Grove AP American History students will be in display all week beginning, Monday, June 16, in the Columbus Grove School Commons. The display will be on display the entire week of the Sesquicentennial celebration. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline0

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 area.

The research began last March after students had chosen their topic for research.

“They 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.”

The 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.

“The 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 Grove.

“Many of the students would go through microfilm of old newspapers in their research,” Mayberry said.

He 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.

Another 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.

“I 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 history though.”

Mayberry will also have a local history slide presentation showing in the Commons during the celebration.