Join us for a birthday tour – Schiller Park is 150 years old!
The City of Columbus purchased the land for its second public park in 1867, as men from the neighborhood were returning to their lives following the Civil War. In the years since, the 23-acre park has been a recreation and community center for citizens of the south side. Its history is tied to the American story; anti-German sentiment, urban decline, and social trends have each played a role in shaping what is today a beautifully tended historic landmark.
John Clark, who wrote THE BOOK (German Village Stories Behind the Bricks) will lead a walking tour through Schiller Park that will include information about houses, public gardens, state fairs, baseball, and works of art.
Members of the Columbus Maennerchor were singing in Schiller Park before it became a city-owned site in 1867. The tour will wind up at Valter’s (976 S. High Street). A bite of something German and a talk about the rich history of America’s oldest German singing society await. Guests will be welcomed to order beverages from the cash bar.
The tour begins at 2:00 in front of the Schiller Park Community Center, 1069 Jaeger Street (in the southeast corner of the park). Plenty of free parking.