Columbus Chamber Book to Commemorate City’s Bicentennial

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Columbus-area businesses are invited to participate in “Sharing the Heritage" section of the bicentennial book.

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The Columbus Chamber has partnered with the City of Columbus to publish the official commemorative history for the Columbus Bicentennial in 2012. The book, to be titled Historic Columbus: A Bicentennial History, is being written by local historian and educator, Ed Lentz. One section of the book will include the histories of many leading Columbus companies and organizations. It will give a fresh perspective on Columbus’ history as the city looks back the last two centuries.

Lentz has been teaching, writing and exploring the history of central Ohio for the past 40 years. He teaches Ohio history at several local colleges and universities. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Ohio historical topics, including Columbus: The Story of a City (2003).

This coffee table book will contain hundreds of photographs, illustrations, maps and other images, many of which have never before been in print. Numerous images will be reproduced in full color.

A unique part of Historic Columbus is the “Sharing the Heritage” section, which will include the histories of many of Columbus’ leading corporations and organizations. Participation in this section is being offered by invitation to Columbus companies which have played a role in the development and economic strength of the city.

The “Sharing the Heritage” section is separate from the main historical manuscript and is being written by local free-lance writers.

Historic Columbus is the official history book of the Columbus Bicentennial, and will be published in late 2011. It is being produced utilizing the services of Historical Publishing Network of San Antonio as a publishing consultant. It will be the sixth in the Ohio Heritage series of books produced by Historical Publishing Network.

The book, when published, will sell for $49.95 and will be available through the Chamber, the City of Columbus and also at area book stores. Visit for more information.

About the Columbus Chamber:

The Columbus Chamber, with 2,500 members, leads and supports economic growth and development in the Columbus region. Learn more about Columbus at

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