Tag Archives: Ohio history

On Lincoln, Ohio and other election post-mortems

It appears that Daniel Day-Lewis’ stirring portrayal Lincoln is going to be sold out in my neighborhood movie theater for the foreseeable future, a reality that along with other post-election reflections, takes me once again back to Ohio while I wait … Continue reading

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Election 2012 – Ohio and Virginia Core Values Rule

Here’s an alternative theory on why Ohio and Virginia were so important to the 2012 presidential election. Core values rule – but they are played out differently in each generation. Central Ohio in the 1950s was a heavy contributor to … Continue reading

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Preserving Rural Life: The Summer Ritual of the Midwestern County Fair

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s county fair time! Whether in Ohio or California, the celebration of agriculture, farming and rural life — augmented by rock bands and fireworks –are celebrated in the county fair which, from coast to … Continue reading

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You Can Own “The Accent House!”

The Accent House continues to be one of the most storied residences depicted by Vernon P. Johnson in The Artist’s Eye. Recently I talked to a former Mount Vernon, Ohio, resident, who is nearly 98 and who members Mrs. Congdon, the … Continue reading

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Meet and Greet (Me) in Petaluma

Join “The Artist’s Eye” author Janis Johnson at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, California, on April 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm for an informal “meet and greet” session. That’s 140 Kentucky Street in historic downtown Petaluma. We’ll talk small towns, the … Continue reading

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Yes, Boomers, You Can Go Home Again!

I returned to my hometown after more than 45 years — and wrote this book, The Artist’s Eye: Vernon P. Johnson’s Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America. You couldn’t find a more typical small town in America in the 1950s, … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Eye: Vernon P. Johnson’s Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America

If you are a Baby Boomer… If you grew up in America in the 1950s… If you lived in a small town in America in the 1950s… If you are researching that era of American art and culture… If you are … Continue reading

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