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Allen County Historical Society to present ‘Inside the Ohio Penitentiary’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:27 PM

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The Allen County Museum will host “Inside the Ohio Penitentiary” program and book signing at 2 p.m. Feb. 23.

The Ohio Penitentiary was opened in 1834 in the young capital city of Columbus. Completely demolished in 1998, the prison was located downtown in an area now known as the Arena District, a well known and popular hot spot for entertainment, food and living.

For more than 100 years, the penitentiary confined the notorious and lesser-known criminals of Ohio. A facility that was designed to house 1,500 eventually housed 4,900 adding to the dangerous and stressed environment.

The recently released book, “Inside the Ohio Penitentiary,” considers some of the more notorious criminals housed at the prison as well as significant events including the 1930 fire that took the lives of more than 300 inmates. Some of the stories presented in the book tie to Lima, including inmates that were transferred from Columbus to the Lima State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and the members of Dillinger’s gang that were tried in Allen County.

The Allen County Historical Society is pleased to present authors David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker and James Dailey II, who will speak about their research and book, “Inside the Ohio Penitentiary.”

Meyers is a writer, editor and artist for Columbus Alive and a regular columnist for Senior Times. He coauthored “Look to Lazarus” and “Ohio Jazz,” both published by The History Press.

Meyers Walker has a degree in art history from Hofstra University. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer and is a coauthor of “Look to Lazarus” and “Historic Columbus Crimes,” both History Press publications.

Dailey graduated from the School of Advertising Art in Dayton. He is curator of the Dailey Archives, an important assembly of artifacts, early photography and ephemera, as well as the largest privately held collection of Ohio prison memorabilia.

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.




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