Ohio is celebrating a major milestone this weekend: The state has officially surpassed the 100,000 blind date population for the first time.
The first date in Ohio’s history was held on March 3, 1836 in the historic Ohio City Hotel in Ohio City, which was built on the site of a former slave ship.
The hotel was owned by James Madison, the state’s third president and a slave owner who also owned the Ohio City Baptist Church.
Madison was also a slaveholder and a founding member of the First National Bank.
As the years passed, the number of blind dates grew, and the hotel’s doors remained open to anyone who wished to come and get a date.
The date was held annually from June through October and was held in the downtown area, as well as in the surrounding neighborhoods.
On Sunday, March 6, 1837, the hotel hosted a date for two of its patrons: a white woman named Jane B. Jones and a black man named John W. Davis.
As the event began, the event was moved to a new venue, a church building in the Old City.
On Saturday, March 7, 1839, the date was moved back to the hotel.
The next date, on March 12, 1842, featured two black men.
Both men were well-known figures in the area, and their dates were the first in the state to include white participants.
According to historian Michael B. Young, both men were “celebrated for their good faith, honesty and sincerity.”
The next event on March 18, 1844, featured three black men, one of whom was a prominent preacher, who also happened to be a slaveowner.
On March 13, 1845, the next date was the first ever held at the hotel, when a white man named James C. White hosted the date.
On May 9, 1848, it was the last date to be held at Ohio City.
The last date for which dates were held at this hotel was March 6 of this year, when the state of Ohio surpassed 100,001 blind date attendees.
As Ohio’s population grew, so did the number and variety of date venues.
On February 18, 1896, the city’s hotel was transformed into a large event space.
The first floor of the hotel now houses the city auditorium, the Ohio State University library, the Buckeye Center for the Arts and the Ohio Historical Society.
The second floor is now home to the city library, a school and the city museum.
The third floor, now called the “bungalow,” houses the Ohio Museum of History and the City of Columbus.
The city of Columbus has also become known for hosting date parties.
The City of Cincinnati is home to two date sites, one located at the Columbus Convention Center, the other at the University of Cincinnati.
The city has also hosted two date parties, one in April of this years, and one in December of this past year.
As a city that is predominantly white, the popularity of date events has been largely fueled by the local history and culture, said B.C. native, James F. Moore, founder and president of the Cleveland Historical Society, the largest and oldest historical society in the United States.
Moore said that dating has always been a way for people of all races to connect with each other and with each another’s history, especially when it comes to a community that has historically been largely segregated.
“I think dates are a way to connect and feel connected with your own history, and I think that’s why date events are so popular,” Moore said.
The date has long been used to celebrate people of different ethnic backgrounds, said David D. Lutz, executive director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“There’s a big tradition in this country that dates back to slavery and that’s just a part of American history, but it’s very important that dates have an identity and have an element of authenticity that is unique to this country,” he said.
“And that’s what this event does.”
Moore said that he hopes to see more of the city and the state hosting date events in the future.
“This is a great opportunity for us to make history, make history in a very real and tangible way, and have people who are different from one another recognize the connection that’s made in that history,” he added.
“But we need to do that in a way that doesn’t alienate the people who actually are the participants.”
The dates were originally held in 1839.
The original date was also held in Cincinnati in 1842.