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Ohio’s Designated Properties:

Conveying Our Shared & Irreplaceable Heritage

Gwynn Stewart, MS, OSU Community Development Educator, OSU Extension - Noble County

I’m fond of reading quotes, thoughts or ideas captured by others in word or image. One thought I saw recently was by Mollie Beattie, former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Mollie said, “What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself.” As the Community Development Educator for OSU Extension in Noble County, I recently had the opportunity for a walk about the downtown of the Village of Caldwell, Ohio, with representatives from The Ohio History Connection and the County Historical Society. Nestled in the center of Noble County, Caldwell has a treasure trove of historical buildings and locations. While I’ve walked in the village and driven in the village for years, I can honestly say I’ve never taken time

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to really pay attention to the details and beauty of the individual buildings. From ornate woodworking, detailed hand-laid tile floors, stained glass windows, or carefully preserved wooden shop floors, everything from the craftsmanship of the past astonishes me. And oh, if the walls could speak, imagine the stories they’d tell of times gone by, bustling streets and tales of the day! Our goal for the tour was to establish a boundary for application to The Ohio History Connection for a historic district. These districts are excellent tools for community development efforts. According to The Ohio History Connection, Ohio’s designated historical properties convey our shared and irreplaceable heritage. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties recognized by the federal government as worthy of preservation for their local, state, or national significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. A program of the National Park Service, it is administered at the state level by each respective state. In Ohio, the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio History Connection administers the National Register Program.* The program can list districts, groupings of historic buildings, or list locations individually. For a property to qualify for the National Register it must meet one of four broad National Register Criteria for Evaluation, by being associated with an important historic context and retaining historic integrity of those features necessary to convey its significance. Criteria for evaluation include: the quality of significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture is present in districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, association and;  that are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or that are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or  that embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or that have yielded or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.

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