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Columbus Free Press Collection Audiovisual Series
Description: Photograph from the Columbus Free Press showing a quartet of musicians performing at Oktoberfest, an annual event which takes place in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. The men wear traditional German costumes and stand next to a statue of King Gambrinus, a Flemish leader who is credited with the invention of beer. The statue originally stood outside of Gambrinus Brewery, which operated on the site from 1906 until 1974, and remained after the brewery was demolished. The Columbus Free Press began as a bi-weekly publication in Columbus, Ohio, in 1970. An underground newspaper, it replaced the Ohio State University publication The People, Yes. The earliest known issue of the newspaper appeared on January 4, 1971. The newspaper underwent a series of name changes over the decades, with titles including the Columbus Free Press & Cowtown Times (1972-1976), the Columbus Freepress (1976-1992) and The Free Press (1992-1995). The paper, which covered many liberal and progressive causes, was an alternative to mainstream news sources in central Ohio with the slogan “The Other Side of the News.” In 1995, the paper ceased publication briefly before reemerging as a website in early 1996, and returning as a print publication under the Free Press title in the form of a quarterly journal in 1998. Published under various frequencies during the first part of the 21st century, the Free Press again became a nonprofit monthly publication in 2017 with both a print and web presence, published by the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism and operated by a volunteer staff and board. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: MSS1301AV_B02F09_05
Subjects: German Village; German Americans; Multicultural Ohio--Ethnic Communities; Musical performances; Musicians; Cultural heritage
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)