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Have you ever wondered who drew the first cartoon? The new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at the Ohio State University will help you discover the answer. Over the last few decades, this library has expanded with the dedicated work  of leaders that took a special interest in finding and preserving cartoon traditions and genres around the world, from Milton Caniff to Kilroy Was Here to cave paintings.

The Oldest Cartoon Drawn by Humans

As a grand result, The Billy Ireland Museum is becoming the largest collection of cartoon history and memorabilia in the world . So large that ist is taking over a library that once was a museum in its own right.  The old Ohio Historical Museum (now Sullivant Hall)  at the corner of 15th and High Street will hold the huge new facility —  Anyone remember the mammoth in the rotunda?  And the mummy upstairs?

The area at the 15th Avenue Gateway to OSU is quite spectacular with things to come – new exhibits and programs at Mershon Auditorium, the all new Ohio Union gathering spot, new parking garages, new restaurants, and the Billy Ireland museum.  You could spend all day and night at the corner of 15th and High!


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