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Port Columbus offers ‘Cool History’ programs this summer

It's all about the USS Water Witch at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus.

The museum's Cool History program gets started again Saturday, just in the nick of time as temperatures and humidity rise.

Cool History began several summers ago when it got really hot and humid. In June, July and August, the museum put together programs that brought people into the museum.

One month, a program might be about medical care on ships during the Civil War. The folks who worked at the museum would play both doctors and patients and I'm told some of it got a little gory. But not as gory as kids would see in movies like "Saw."

Other months, a program might focus on black sailors or women who served during the war.

The program this Saturday is about the USS Water Witch. There's a full-scale model of it just outside the museum, facing Victory Drive.

Jon Ezzell, the public relations manager for the museum, says the program will be 1-4 p.m. and will include the history of the ship and the "really fascinating people" who were involved with the ship.

Inside, there will be a multi-media presentation about the ship.

Later, there will be tours of the ship. Now, that won't be "cool" but if you haven't seen the ship, it is really cool.

Admission is $6-$7.50. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday.

Call 706-372-9798.

Time to visit Pasaquan

Cathy Fussell sent me an email saying not to forget that Pasaquan will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2. It's only one of eight days a year that the property near Buena Vista is open to the public.

Pasaquan was the home of visionary self-taught artist Eddie Owens Martin and it is a treasure.

If you haven't visited the site, Saturday might be the best time unless you go in October or November. The weather will be just about perfect for this little road trip.

Admission is $5.

If you can't go Saturday, it's open other months by appointment only. It costs $100 for groups of 12-20, which means you should just get your gang together. It's $5 for each additional guest (over 20 people).

Call 229-649-9444.

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