The Columbus Historical Society has settled into new digs at 719 W. Town St. in Franklinton.

But it is only a temporary location -- again.

The nonprofit organization, which had to leave its last office inside COSI, officially opened in its new offices last week and held an open house Sept. 8. COSI needed the space for its dinosaur exhibit.

"It's a great move for us," said Mike Frush, president of the society's board of trustees.

Mount Carmel Health System offered the society the use of a 4,800-square-foot building for $1 a year in return for two years of maintenance.

The health campus soon will undergo its own major transformation, forcing the historical society to seek another home.

Founded in 1990, the Columbus Historical Society has an annual budget of $60,000, leaving much of the work to volunteers, Frush said.

"We do a tremendous amount for our budget," he said.

Sandy Andromeda, a board member of the Columbus society, said the group still is looking for a permanent home while making the best of the situation.

"Ever since 1990, we've been shuffled from one place to another with no real home," said Andromeda, who is also the president of the Franklinton Historical Society. That organization has an office at the Town Street location.

The historical society has transformed the space, creating theme rooms throughout the building. The city's history in aviation, music, sports, manufacturing and transportation all are represented in the facility.

There's a room dedicated to Lucas Sullivant, who founded Franklinton and essentially is credited with establishing the city of Columbus. Some of his original surveying equipment is on display.

Another space has been dubbed the "living room," where Columbus' brewing past is memorialized.

Andromeda said Columbus, which celebrated its bicentennial in 2012, is believed to be the only major U.S. city without a history museum. He said he doesn't know why, other than the newness of the historical society. The society is accepting memorabilia, he said.

"We're always looking for history," he said.

To tour the Columbus Historical Society's new facility, which is open by appointment only, call 614-224-0822.

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