Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio (Traveling Exhibit)

The Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio exhibit explores how residents of Scioto County create a sense of place in a changing environment by engaging everyday cultural practices that respond to and transform their communities. These nine banners showcase innovative action in Scioto County that responds to change. We invite people join the conversation by contributing your knowledge, responses, and reflections. What does your Scioto County look like? How do you engage in placemaking? Follow the exhibit on Facebook at Use these hashtags to contribute your ideas! #sciotogram #mysciotocounty #digitalappalachia

Exhibit Components

There are four major components of the Placemaking in Scioto County Ohio traveling exhibit:

  1. Banners 
  2. Passport 
  3. Website & social media
  4. Public programming

Each of the nine 33” x 88” stand-alone pop-up panel displays a series of visual images that are designed to facilitate community dialogues about important aspects of everyday life in southern Ohio. That is, the banners serve as conversational catalysts rather than attempt to encapsulate or represent life in the county. The banners guide viewers to engage with the banners via social media and online galleries. Banners will be stationed in the Morris University Center at Shawnee State University from September through December, after which they will move to their host locations from December through August 2019. Banner titles include:

  1. PDF icon Introduction to the Ohio Field Schools (host: OSU Extension - Scioto County)
  2. PDF icon Recovery & Rehabilitation (host: Portsmouth Public Library, Lucasville)
  3. PDF icon Disaster and Survival (host: Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth)
  4. PDF icon Gathering Places (host: Southern Ohio Medical Center Life Center & Connex)
  5. PDF icon Intergenerational Relationships (host: Northwest High School)
  6. PDF icon Returning, Regeneration & Newcomers (Clark Memorial Library, Shawnee State University)
  7. PDF icon Responses to Community Needs (host: 14th Street Community Center)
  8. PDF icon Conservation & Preservation (host: Shawnee State Lodge & Conference Center)
  9. PDF icon Everyday Artistry (host: Southern Ohio Museum)

Exhibit Trail Guide 
Since the panels will be dispersed throughout the county, a passport booklet will be available at each station and at various locations throughout the county so that visitors can complete activities and collect stamps at each location. We hope that this will provide an exciting opportunity for guided travel within the county.

Website & Social Media
The DigitalCommons@Shawnee site—co-edited by Dr. Andrew Feight (Professor of American and Digital History, SSU), Janet Stewart (Dean of Library Services, SSU), and Dr. Cassie Patterson (Center for Folklore Studies, OSU)—not only features exhibit content and content from the Ohio Field School archives, but also provides opportunities for community members to publish their own stories. We will connect the panels, passport, and website together using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, which will allow people to share their responses to the exhibit! Visit to view the Bepress site!

Small Grants for Public Programs
Community partners expressed that they wanted to have more opportunities to talk with one another (especially across different experiences). Community-hosted public programming centered around each of the banner topics and questions will take place throughout 2019. Stay tuned for event topics and locations! 


This exhibit is a collaboration between The Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State University, Shawnee State University, and community partners throughout Scioto County, including Barbara and Kevin Bradbury (Hurricane Run Farm),  Andrew Carter (World Sound Entertainment, 14th Street Community Center and Watch Me Grow), Dr. Andrew Feight (Professor of History, Shawnee State University), Dr. Janet Feight (Professor of English, Shawnee State University),  Charlie Haskins (Haskins House), Jody and Martin McAllister (Friends of Scioto Brush Creek), Jenny Richards (Shawnee State Park), and Treva Williams (OSU Extension-Scioto County).

Banner hosts include: 14th Street Community Center, Connex, Northwest High School, OSU Extension--Scioto County, Portsmouth Public Library (Portsmouth and Lucasville branches), Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center, Shawnee State University’s Clark Memorial Library, the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Life Center, and the Southern Ohio Museum.

Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio in the Press

Center for Folklore Studies to launch traveling exhibit: Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio on OSU College of Arts & Sciences website
14th Street Center has Turkey Giveaway in the Portsmouth Daily Times (December 27, 2018)
14th Street Community Center help set the table for the holidays in the Scioto Voice (December 10, 2018)

For more information about the exhibit and public programming, or to request an exhibit passport, email Cassie at Email Cassie at if you need accommodations to attend any of these events. 

Exhibit and banner designs by Molly Kime for OSU Arts & Sciences Marketing and Communications