Culture Walks: Parsons Avenue @ Hungarian Reformed Church of Columbus Ohio, Columbus [30 September]

Culture Walks: Parsons Avenue

10:00 - 11:30

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Hungarian Reformed Church of Columbus Ohio
365 E. Woodrow Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health are pleased to announce a series of four FREE Saturday walking tours made possible with support from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join us to celebrate historic neighborhoods through the experiences and stories of residents past and present.

Whether you live up the street or are visiting from another city, join these FREE walking tours to discover historic Columbus neighborhoods through the experiences and stories of residents past and present. Tours will begin promptly at the time and location listed. No need to register in advance – just show up!

Parsons Avenue Culture Walk
Avenue of Dreams and Possibilities

Smokey Row, now called Parsons Avenue, was once home to the Foreign Grocery, where employees often spoke six or seven languages, and a school where little girls were “trained to be housemaids.” For those who lived nearby, it evoked memories filled with cabbage rolls, apricot or nut pastries, and sausage manicotti. Hungarians held court and occasionally sparred with Serbians in World War I. Men found employment at Buckeye Steel, Federal Glass or Bonney Floyd industries and went for a “beer and a bump” on pay day. The Steelton bank was founded, synagogues and churches were formed, and Bible studies and baseball clubs were founded by companies who wanted harmony, happy workers and no unions. From Abe the Grocer to the Crystal Drugstore and Ideal Theater, Parsons was its own world. The neighborhood of Italians, African-Americans and much of Eastern Europe is again reinventing its roots as orchards and settlement houses are now blooming as Fallen Fruit gardens and community houses.
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