Contrary to popular beliefs, the Ohio frontier was not a remote backwoods devoid of style. Trade via the rivers and lakes, and later, the canals, provided easy access to all manner of goods produced in eastern urban centers and in Europe. While early Ohioans did import great quantities of goods, they also produced equally great quantities of goods as well. Using both documentary evidence and surviving objects, we’ll examine the wide range of goods both made and used on the Ohio frontier, and how trade networks and consumer choice played key roles in the furnishing of frontier homes.
Buy Local or by River will be presented in the meeting room at 450 S. Barron St. in Eaton by Andrew Richmond, the president and CEO of Wipiak Consulting and Appraisals in Sunbury, Ohio. With degrees in history from Kenyon College and American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program/University of Delaware, Andrew’s passion is the decorative arts of Ohio. He has lectured and published widely on the subject and has curated two major exhibition: Equal in Goodness: Ohio Decorative Arts 1788-1860 and A Tradition of Progress: Ohio Decorative Arts 1860-1945. He also serves on the boards of several museums and decorative arts organizations.