From simple log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, from wagons to locomotives and from pioneer settlements to booming urban centers, Ohio's first 100 years was an age of progress.

You can learn more about the state's exciting early years during the 2017 Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries annual meeting.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

As always, it is free and open to Friends members and the public.

Inspired by the serial podcast, "A History of the World in 100 Objects," which explores world history from 2 million years ago to the present, Andrew Richmond will tell the story of Ohio's first century -- from the first legal settlement in 1788 to the celebration of the Northwest Territory centennial in 1888 -- through 10 cultural artifacts.

The objects Richmond, president and CEO of Wipiak Consulting and Appraisals in Marietta, has selected represent individuals, movements and moments in time, and they can be assembled into an exciting narrative.

The artifacts include:

* A tomahawk presented to future Gov. Thomas Worthington by Shawnee chief Tecumseh during his visit to Worthington's Chillicothe home.

* Harley and Carll stoneware made in Akron for window displays in the shops of Indiana merchants. Ohio potters not only were skillful marketers - they were also adept at taking advantage of transportation technology.

* An early 1800s Anderson clock made in Marietta. Modeled after the patent timepiece, the clock is evidence of New England style on the Ohio frontier. Richmond promises a twist to this story that you must hear.

Richmond's presentation will last 30 to 40 minutes. Immediately after, a short business meeting, which includes the election of the 2017-18 board of directors, will be held as part of the annual meeting.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.