2017 Annual Report

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FISCAL YEAR 2017

Annual Report


A MESSAGE FROM THE

Executive Director & CEO Our mission is to spark the discovery of Ohio’s stories. Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future. The exploration of history provides a unique opportunity to draw us in to the life and times of another generation. When we immerse ourselves in the stories of our past, we can understand different perspectives and gain valuable insight into our world today. This perspective helps us relate directly to the plight of the soldier, the toils of a suffragist or the struggles of a refugee. History gives us grounding; it provides a firm place and understanding of who we are and where we came from. It helps us gain an appreciation for the contributions and the sacrifices of those who came before us. By preserving and sharing those authentic and engaging stories, we create a strong footing for future citizens to stand on and succeed. This past year, the Ohio History Connection worked tirelessly to preserve and share the stories of Ohio: •O ur historic preservation efforts are nationally recognized; in 2016 Ohio led the nation in completed federal tax credit projects and we’re currently third in the nation for listings to the National Register of Historic Places. •O ur educational experiences are preparing leaders for tomorrow; thousands of students participate annually in Ohio History Day and

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take field trips to our sites, and 20% of all fourth graders in Ohio are taught Ohio history with our Ohio As America online textbook. •O ur historic site and museum system is robust. We partner with local organizers to operate more than 50 historic sites and museums across Ohio and this year we were honored to add the John and Annie Glenn home in New Concord, Ohio. •L ike most museums, a mere fraction of collections and archival items are easily available to the public. However, we believe that Ohio’s treasures should be accessible to everyone. We’ve made it our goal to make 95% of our objects available to all Ohioans in the next five years. On behalf of everyone who has helped in these and all successes or who have been touched this year by some aspect of Ohio History, thank you. A special thanks to Gov. John R. Kasich, the Ohio General Assembly, our members, donors and volunteers across Ohio. The future of Ohio History is bright. I hope you’ll join me in preserving Ohio’s stories now and in the year to come. Sincerely,

Burt Logan


A MESSAGE FROM THE

Board President As Ohio History Connection Board President, I work to forward our mission to spark the discovery of Ohio’s stories. My own discovery of history was sparked by a series of books given to me while I was a junior in high school. Historical Collections of Ohio by Henry Howe is essentially an encyclopedia of Ohio stories. Henry Howe traveled all over the state in the 19th century interviewing Ohioans, making sketches of the landscape and gathering information about this unique place and its people. He collected oral histories from the early Ohio settlers who struck out on their own and made their lives here. These volumes were originally given to my great grandfather, who was a teacher, and passed down to me. They were a point of pride for me even then, and I immediately signed my name inside the cover, just like my grandfather had done before me. I’m from Belmont County, an area rich in history and one of Ohio’s earliest counties. Howe’s entries about my corner of the state drew me in–those sections always had bookmarks and tabbed pages. These books got so much use over the years that I even had to get the bindings replaced. These stories allowed me to discover where I came from and my place in my community.

They helped me understand how history nurtures our personal identity and showcases our place in the stories of our families, community and nation. This past year, I’ve been visiting each of our more than 50 historic sites across the state where local history thrives. Thousands of school children visit our historic sites each year and gain an understanding of their importance in our shared understanding of the past–at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce they learn about Colonel Charles Young, the trailblazing soldier and civil rights leader. At Serpent Mound in Adams County they hear about the ancient American Indians who built the spectacular effigy mound that’s recognized worldwide. These historic places immerse you in the stories of our shared past and build a foundation for an appreciation of history among future generations. I’m honored to continue this work of sparking discovery of Ohio’s stories in the year to come. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and all Ohioans. Sincerely,

Robert W. Lucas

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OUR MISSION

Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future. CORE VALUES RELEVANCE Addressing and communicating the significance of history with Ohio’s diverse people AUTHENTICITY Valuing artifacts and true stories of history INCLUSIVITY Appealing to all Ohioans, especially underserved audiences STEWARDSHIP Protecting the evidence of Ohio history WORKING TOGETHER Pursuing teamwork and sharing authority and responsibility 4 • Ohio History Connection


Your public history organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Ohio’s stories. WHAT WE DO •M anage more than 50 historic sites and museums across Ohio. • Care for our state’s collections and archives and share the stories of Ohio and Ohioans. • Administer the state historic preservation office that helps preserve historic places in Ohio. • Provide education and outreach services that support students, teachers, local history groups and communities in Ohio.

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HISTORIC SITES & MUSEUMS

CONGRATS, One of the 20 best small towns to visit – SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE –

Zoar Village! Our historic site in Tuscarawas County was recognized as a National Historic Landmark this year. This designation identifies Zoar Village as a place that possesses exceptional value and quality in illustrating and interpreting the heritage of the United States. Only around 2,500 sites in the nation share this premier status. In addition to being added to this prestigious national list, Zoar was also named one of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2017 by Smithsonian Magazine. Zoar Village was founded in 1817 by German Separatists seeking religious freedom. The settlers of Zoar established an almost entirely self-sufficient utopian community that existed until 1898. Today, Zoar Village provides an authentic 19th-century experience for visitors all over Ohio. Just a few years ago, the future of this historic community was threatened as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered removing a levee that protected the site from flooding. Thanks to local and national advocacy and support for Zoar Village, plans to remove the levee were set aside and the conversation changed from “Save Zoar” to “Preserve Zoar.” We see this historic site thriving on a national stage and look forward to what the future brings.

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STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE

FEDERAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS

Preserve the Fabric of Ohio’s Communities Ohio is #1 in the nation for the number of successfully completed Federal Historic Tax Credit projects. In fiscal year 2016 (October 2015–September 2016) Ohio saw 103 projects completed with this national program. Administered by the National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with our State Historic Preservation Office, the Federal Historic Tax Credit is instrumental in preserving the historic places that give cities, towns and rural areas their special character. Federal Historic Tax Credits provide immense positive economic impact on the cities and towns that take advantage of them. Since the inception of the program, 2.3 million jobs have been created nationally. In Ohio, each combined federal and state historic tax credit project on average results in 93 new permanent jobs and 78 construction jobs. In addition to economic growth, historic preservation contributes to local pride and provides a better understanding of where we are as a community today. Our historic places enable us to discover our own place in the stories of our families, communities and nation. Ohio’s achievement shows a statewide dedication to preserving these historic places and a commitment to investing in preservation now and for years to come.

Mitchell’s Ice Cream in Ohio City received historic preservation tax credits in their renovation of the historic Rialto Theater.

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OUTREACH

BHUTANESE–NEPALI "We want to get visitors looking at the refugees in these portraits to see them as equals— to say ‘This could be my uncle’ or ‘This could be my neighbor.’” – TARIQ TAREY –

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Neighbors

An exhibit that opened May 5, 2017 at the Ohio History Center explores the story of Ohio’s largest current-day refugee community–about 20,000 Bhutanese-Nepalis who now live in central Ohio after leaving their native Bhutan and living for as long as 20 years in temporary camps in Nepal. Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey showcases 30 photographs of members of the Bhutanese-Nepali community. Each photograph was taken by award-winning photographer Tariq Tarey and is accompanied by a narrative written by Doug Rutledge, which details each individual’s history. The photographs emphasize the historic sequence of the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee experience: living and working in Bhutan, being forced to leave Bhutan, living in refugee camps in Nepal, resettling in Columbus, finding jobs, buying homes and finally becoming American citizens. The curators of the exhibit humanize these stories through vibrant imagery of the individuals themselves. Photographer Tariq Tarey said, “We want to get visitors looking at the refugees in these portraits to see them as equals— to say, ‘This could be my uncle’ or ‘This could be my neighbor.’” This exhibit has given us the opportunity to engage with new American communities in our state. Our Bhutanese-Nepali neighbors are adding to the narrative of our shared history, and help us learn and better understand the refugee experience in Ohio.


EDUCATION & OUTREACH

OHIO’S RICH

American Indian History At the Ohio History Connection, we continue to do work that reveals the histories of the many modern-day federally-recognized tribes connected to Ohio. There are 44 federally-recognized native tribes who are connected to Ohio through homelands, sites and treaties. The majority of tribes were forcibly removed from the state in the mid-19th century under Indian Removal policies, but their impact on our shared history is significant today and central to the history of our region. Of our more than 50 historic sites across Ohio, nearly half have a connection to American Indian history and culture. The Newark Earthworks, built by Ohio’s ancient native people, is the largest set of geometric earthworks ever known; Serpent Mound in Adams County is an icon of indigenous cultural achievements, mainly because of its enormous scale and its remarkable resemblance to a serpent. Both sites, along with Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve, are on the tentative list for inscription on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. Many tribes with historic ties to Ohio now reside in Oklahoma and other states such as New York and Michigan. We’re working to bridge that gap and include more of their perspectives on the interpretation of our historic sites and in our educational resources. This past November, we held our very first Tribal Nations Conference and hosted tribal representatives and leaders from across the country. It was an amazing opportunity to welcome tribes to Ohio again and to connect with the leaders and staff of tribal governments. In the coming year, we look forward to continuing our work together with our tribal partners to preserve and share this important history with all Ohioans.

PARTNER TRIBES WITH HISTORIC TIES TO OHIO: Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Citizen Potawatomi Nation Delaware Nation Delaware Tribe of Indians Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Forest County Potawatomi Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Prairie Band Potawatomi Nations Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma Seneca Nation of Indians Shawnee Tribe Tonawanda Nation Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Wyandotte Nation

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EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Brianna McGuire, right, at the Ohio Statehouse with Reita Smith and Randel Rogers

OHIO HISTORY DAY HELPS “A strong history education is crucial to preserving our democracy.” – BRIANNA MCGUIRE –

Students Bring History to Life Thousands of students compete in the Ohio History Day contest each year. An affiliate of the National History Day program and sponsored by Ohio History Connection, Ohio History Day promotes history education in schools and gives students in grades 4–12 the chance to become historians. Through rigorous research, students create historical papers, performances, documentaries, exhibits and websites that they present at local, state and national competitions. Ohio History Day student Brianna McGuire from Gallipolis took part in this year’s competition and made it to nationals in College Park, Maryland for the fifth time. McGuire recently shared her Ohio History Day experiences with the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. She emphasized the program’s impact in enriching her history education, building her self-confidence and outlined the importance of history in creating engaged citizens. During her testimony Brianna said, "A strong history education is crucial to preserving our democracy." In the program, students gain critical 21st century learning skills. They learn how to research, judge the accuracy of sources, examine facts and draw conclusions about our world today through the lens of history. This year Brianna will be working with the National WWII Museum as a student ambassador. She is one of only eight students in the country that gets this opportunity, and she’ll be collecting oral histories from veterans.

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COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES

WORLD WAR I

Centennial This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I. To commemorate this important year, we're making more of our collection related to Ohio’s place in this worldwide conflict more accessible. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), we'll be digitizing a comprehensive collection of more than 5,000 items related to the “Great War.” These materials include photos, newspaper clippings, posters, diaries and other archival resources that document Ohio’s role in WWI. This collection will be available online for students, researchers and anyone with an interest in Ohio’s important place in this national story. In addition, there’s now a special display at the Ohio History Center which features nearly 1,000 WWI artifacts including military uniforms and weapons, patriotic pins, souvenirs brought home from Europe by Ohio troops and much more.

These collections help us understand the world as it was 100 years ago and how history shapes our world today.

These collections help us better understand the world as it was 100 years ago and how this history shapes our world today. Through diary entries from soldiers on the ground in France to newspaper articles out of Canton detailing life on the Homefront, these artifacts tell real stories about real people, which gives us a sense of how our communities reacted to this war and a perspective on how this event still affects our lives in 2017.

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Our Historic Sites and Museums Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve TOLEDO

475

Inscription Rock Petroglyphs

Fort Meigs

Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park

80

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271

Shaker Historical Museum

90

Cooke-Dorn House Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

23

75

90

80

CLEVELAND

90

80 271

Tallmadge Church 76 76

F I N D L AY

Youngstown Historical Center YOUNGSTOWN

AKRON

76

71 77

Indian Mill

30 30

MANSF I EL D

30

LIMA Fort Amanda Memorial Park

Fort Laurens

33

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Zoar Village

Warren G. Harding Home & Memorial

68

75

Fort Recovery Museum & Monument

Hanby House

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

70 35

Miamisburg Mound

70

SPRINGFIELD

COLUMBUS Ohio History Center & Shrum Ohio Village Mound

Paul Laurence 71 Dunbar House DAY TON National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

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U.S. Grant Birthplace 52

32

Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve

L AN C ASTER Logan Elm

35 71 Fort Ancient Earthworks & William 275 Nature Preserve Henry 68 Harrison C I N C I N N A T I 50 Tomb Fort Hill Earthworks & Harriet Beecher Stowe House Nature Preserve

70

33

68

75

Adena Mansion & Gardens

77

Big Bottom Memorial Park

Wahkeena Nature Preserve

Campus Martius MAR I ET TA Museum Ohio River Museum

Story Mound

50

50 35 23

32

Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve

41

Serpent Mound

Buckeye Furnace

32

U.S. Grant Davis Memorial Boyhood Home Nature Preserve & Schoolhouse P OR TSMOUTH John Rankin House

Our House Tavern 7

52

52

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Quaker Yearly John & Annie Meeting House & Glenn Museum Benjamin Lundy/ Free Labor Store National Road & Zane Grey Museum

Newark Earthworks N EWARK

270

Fort Jefferson Memorial Park

McCook House

Custer Monument

33

Lockington Locks

Museum of Ceramics

Schoenbrunn Village

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Johnston Farm & Indian Agency

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33

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Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park

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SITE

LOCAL SITE PARTNER

Adena Mansion & Gardens................................................. Armstrong Air & Space Museum....................................... Big Bottom Memorial Park................................................ Buckeye Furnace................................................................. Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park.................. Campus Martius Museum.................................................. Cedar Bog Nature Preserve............................................... Cooke-Dorn House............................................................. Custer Monument............................................................... Davis Memorial Nature Preserve......................................

Adena Mansion and Gardens Society Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association Village of Stockport Friends of Buckeye Furnace, Inc. Ohio History Connection Friends of the Museums Cedar Bog Association The Old House Guild of Sandusky Custer Memorial Association Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas & Preserves Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area Licking Valley Heritage Society Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Dayton Society of Natural History The Arc of Appalachia Preserve System Darke County Commissioners Zoar Community Association Fort Meigs Association Fort Recovery Historical Society Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Kelleys Island State Park Westerville Historical Society Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Inc. Hayes Presidential Center, Inc. Wyandot County Archeological & Historical Society Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Kelleys Island State Park Ripley Heritage, Inc. Johnston Farm Friends Council Museum Association of East Muskingum Friends of Buckeye Furnace, Inc. Johnston Farm Friends Council Pickaway County Park District Carroll County Historical Society City of Miamisburg Museum of Ceramics Foundation Ohio History Connection Museum Association of East Muskingum Explore Licking County Ohio History Connection Friends of the Museums The Friends of Our House Dayton History Historical Society of Mount Pleasant Dennison Railroad Depot Museum The Arc of Appalachia Preserve System The Shaker Historical Society Ohio History Connection Adena Mansion and Gardens Society City of Tallmadge Historic New Richmond, Inc. U.S. Grant Homestead Association Fairfield County Historical Parks Commission Marion Technical College Harrison Symmes Memorial Foundation Youngstown State University Zoar Community Association

Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park....................... Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve............ Fort Amanda Memorial Park.............................................. Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve................... Fort Hill Earthworks & Nature Preserve.......................... Fort Jefferson Memorial Park........................................... Fort Laurens.......................................................................... Fort Meigs............................................................................. Fort Recovery Museum & Monument.............................. Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve.............................. Hanby House........................................................................ Harriet Beecher Stowe House........................................... Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Indian Mill............................................................................. Inscription Rock Petroglyphs............................................ John Rankin House............................................................. Johnston Farm & Indian Agency...................................... John & Annie Glenn Museum ........................................... Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve................................. Lockington Locks................................................................ Logan Elm............................................................................. McCook House..................................................................... Miamisburg Mound............................................................. Museum of Ceramics.......................................................... National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center.... National Road & Zane Grey Museum............................... Newark Earthworks............................................................. Ohio History Center & Ohio Village................................. Ohio River Museum............................................................. Our House Tavern................................................................ Paul Laurence Dunbar House............................................ Quaker Yearly Meeting House........................................... Schoenbrunn Village........................................................... Serpent Mound.................................................................... Shaker Historical Museum................................................. Shrum Mound....................................................................... Story Mound......................................................................... Tallmadge Church............................................................... U.S. Grant Birthplace........................................................... U.S. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse.................... Wahkeena Nature Preserve............................................... Warren G. Harding Home & Memorial............................. William Henry Harrison Tomb........................................... Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor...... Zoar Village...........................................................................

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$30,000,000

TOTAL SUPPORT AND REVENUE

$25,000,000

FISCAL YEAR 2017

Annual Revenue + Expenses

$20,000,000

$15,000,000

$10,000,000

$5,000,000

1%

0

8%

FY08 Capital

FY09

FY10

GRF †

FY11

FY12

Contracts/Grants

FY13

FY14

Contributions

FY15

FY16

Earned Revenue

FY17 Other

† General Revenue Fund

18% SUPPORT AND REVENUE

42%

15%

Site Operations, Education and Interpretive Programs State Archives and Library

2%

Historic Preservation Office

16%

Capital Projects

14%

Management and General

State Capital Projects

Development

15%

State General Revenue Fund Contracts and Grants Contributions (Financial, Materials and Services)

EXPENSES

13%

Earned Revenue Investments

5%

Total: $27,115,000

2,154 volunteers donated 96,265 hours of their time, providing a value of $1,899,131 in support.

From FY 2010 to FY 2017*, the Ohio History Connection has seen the following results:

226%

Members Contributions Earned Revenue

33%

Number of Visitors Across 57 Sites * FY 2017 data is preliminary and not final. For audited FY17 information, contact 800.686.1537.

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24%

22%

51%


OHIO HISTORY CONNECTION

Leadership LEADERSHIP TEAM

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

EX-OFFICIO

Burt Logan Executive Director & CEO

OFFICERS

John R. Kasich Governor, State of Ohio

Robert W. Lucas President, Pemberville

Jackie Barton Director, Historic Sites & Facilities

Ronald J. Ungvarsky Vice President, Bexley

Stephen George Senior Advisor to the CEO

Jon T. Elsasser Treasurer, Zoar

Stacey Halfmoon Director, American Indian Relations

James A. Wilson Secretary, Bexley

Kimberlee Kiehl Director, Museum of Ohio Project

TRUSTEES

Todd Kleismit Director, Community & Government Relations

C. Ellen Connally, Cleveland

Stacia Kuceyeski Director, Outreach Jerri Letcavits Executive Assistant to CEO Jamison Pack Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Scheehle Chief Development Officer Amanda Terrell Director, State Historic Preservation Office Jeff Ward Chief Financial Officer Charles Wash Director, National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

Thomas V. Chema, Westlake

Loann W. Crane, Columbus James F. Dicke II, New Bremen Richard F. Hillis, Powell George M. lronstrack, Oxford Suhas Kakde, Spring Valley Joseph M. Patchen, Worthington Michael G. Rapp, Blue Ash Elizabeth A. Weibel, Chagrin Falls

Larry Obhof President, Ohio Senate Kenny Yuko Minority Leader, Ohio Senate Cliff Rosenberger Speaker of the Ohio House Fred Strahorn Minority Leader, Ohio House of Representatives Todd McCormick President, Ohio Local History Alliance Janet Bednarek President, Ohio Academy of History John Carey Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents Michael Woytek President, Ohio Academy of Science Paolo DeMaria Superintendent of Public Instruction David Goodman Director, Ohio Development Services Agency Laura P. Battocletti Director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board Jon T. Elsasser Chair, Ohio History Connection Foundation Board

Megan Wood Director, Museum & Library Services

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FY2017 BY THE

Numbers 19,242 school children visited Ohio Village and the Ohio History Center.

7,000 students participated in Ohio History Day.

23,000+ students now use Ohio as America, our online textbook for fourth graders

4,015

$496.9 million

was invested in historic buildings in 2017 through the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, which brings the total to $4.48 billion invested in Ohio.

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projects, ranging from housing projects to road construction were reviewed with the goal of minimizing destruction of historic resources in the course of development.


788,269 items in Ohio Memory, a statewide collaborative digital library

45,195

$74,000

pages from historic Ohio newspapers newly digitized and available online on Ohio Memory

granted from the Ohio History Fund to seven organizations throughout Ohio. Since the Ohio History Fund began in 2012, it has made a total of $522,000 in grants to 53 organizations across Ohio.

22,100 hours of service and 1,300 people trained in preserving and promoting Ohio history by 13 AmeriCorps members

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new markers were proposed, written and installed by Ohio communities. To date, there are 1,640 markers with at least three in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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MANY THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS

Annual Supporters Thank you to the generous Ohioans and friends who support the mission of the Ohio History Connection. We are grateful to all those who have shown their commitment to Ohio history, and we take this opportunity to recognize those who have made a gift of $150 or more during the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Although space does not permit us to list the many individuals who contributed less than $150, we wish to thank them for their support.

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE This extraordinary group of leaders and visionaries embrace the mission and strategic initiatives of the Ohio History Connection. We are honored to partner with them and are grateful for their investment of $1,200 or more to support innovation and excellence. 1885 COUNCIL $50,000 & above Individuals Anonymous (3) The Chester Family Loann W. Crane Donald E. & Dawn Easley Estate of Nancy A. McGary Charles C. Wright Businesses, Foundations & Organizations Dr. Dominic & Helen Bitonte Family Foundation Warren Brown Family Foundation Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Charitable Trust Consortium John Hauck Foundation David A. & Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust ICF Foundation Marion Community Foundation The Mennel Milling Company OhioHealth Corporation Douglas C. & Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation Cloene Samuels Fund of The Columbus Foundation Louise Taft Semple Foundation Sims Brothers Recycling The Dennis & Sara Trachsel Foundation The Waddell Foundation

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BENEFACTOR $25,000–$49,999 Individuals Estate of Parker B. Brown Bob & Liz Fox Roberta Hannay Dr. Richard Kent Harding & Dr. Sally A. Harding Tamala Longaberger Lee & Linda Sisler Businesses, Foundations & Organizations CollegeAdvantage, Ohio’s 529 Plan Conestoga Fahey Bank Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Hoover Foundation PACESETTER $10,000–$24,999 Individuals Judge Deborah Alspach Estate of Owen Barr Verna Corey Debra Duncan & Steve Hankison Ted Graham Mr. & Mrs. George M. Jones Donna Laidlaw Neil & Christine Mortine Richard & Jude Parke Estate of Dr. E. Jane Porter Ronald J. Ungvarsky & Susan Tomasky Businesses, Foundations & Organizations Anonymous Central Ohio Farmers Co-op Inc. The Columbus Foundation Tom E. Dailey Foundation J. Mack Gamble Fund of the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen Genji Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Heinrich Family Foundation Johnston Farm Friends Council Johnston Supply, Inc. The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation Nancy Wolfe Lane Family Fund Harry C. Moores Foundation SUSTAINER $5,000–$9,999 Individuals Mr. & Mrs. William A. Bickell Roger D. Braun Ryan & Sarah Campbell Jon & Cindy Elsasser Glenda S. Greenwood Sherry & Kevin Hall Dr. & Mrs. George T. Harding IV Richard F. Hillis Steven & Brenda Johnston Joe & Judy Lenhart Burt & Bonnie Logan Fred D. Pfening Martha Gerber Rittinger Jeffrey & Christine Rodek Jodi & Stanley Ross Robert B. Smith Bob & Hope Taft Linnette L. Torbet Jim, Kim, Kate & Meg Wilson Businesses, Foundations & Organizations CoBank The Grand Lodge of Ohio Free & Accepted Masons Marietta Community Foundation, Inc. Marion Rotary Club Muskingum Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Ohio Local History Alliance C. Walder Parke Family Foundation Peoples Bank G. Whitney Snyder Charitable Fund Mary Jo Stafford Charitable Trust Henry A. True Trust

PATRON $2,500–$4,999 Individuals Anonymous (2) Adrianna C. Bonn Emmett Conway Ida Copenhaver & James Ginter Dr. & Mrs. Jerome Cunningham Garrett & Sidney Dill Joanne & Chris Figge Cindy & Larry Hilsheimer Anne K. Jeffrey Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Jenkins Suhas & Patty Kakde David & Judith Lanning Estate of Michael D. Lehman Bob & Karen Lucas Mr. & Mrs. John C. Matesich III Ted & Kathy McKinniss Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey J. Miller John H. Morris Vernon Pack Joe & Sara Patchen Ted Prasse Patricia Simons Mr. & Mrs. Ralph W. Talmage Roselia C. Deters Verhoff Jim & Diana Waddell Businesses, Foundations & Organizations Anonymous The Hampden W. & Erma R. Catterton Fund of The Dayton Foundation Gordon Chandler Memorial Fund of The Columbus Foundation Kenwel Printers Morral Companies, LLC Patterson Family Endowment Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation Mary Miller Patton Fund of The Columbus Foundation Wendy's International Foundation


SPONSOR $1,200–$2,499 Individuals Mary J. & Mike Abroe John D. & Francille M. Firebaugh George T. Glover John E. Hancock Holly & William Heer Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Herr George & Phyllis Knepper Philip Kuceyeski Robert D. Lindner Jr. Randall A. Mason Andrew Noble Carolyn & Dan Owens Patricia J. Sawvel Thomas R. Schiff Suzyn J. Schwebel Epstein & Bruce Epstein Priscilla & Fred Schwier Erik R. Stoddard Tom & Elizabeth Sturges Doug & Suzanne Sweeney Mr. & Mrs. David H. Timmons Dr. & Mrs. James A. Vaughan Jane M. Werum Dave & Nanci Westrick Donald & Ellen Yerks Businesses, Foundations & Organizations Pepper Family Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation United Way of Central Ohio DONOR HONOR ROLL PARTNER $500–$1,199 Individuals Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. James M. Appold Bill & Diana Arthur Beth Benko & James Atkinson George & Nancy Bain David B. & Suzanne S. Baker John C. & Jana L. Bartram Laurence & Elizabeth Bicking Judge & Mrs. Timothy S. Black John & Susan Boylan Martha M. Callihan David & Diane Campbell Karen E. Campbell Mary Kupiec Cayton Anthony G. Chila Beth Crane & Richard McKee Paul & Jane Davis Thomas Davis The James Dicke Family Patty Donnally Jeffrey R. Eadie Mr. & Mrs. William B. Eldredge Judy Anne Fox Susanne E. Geier Dareth Gerlach

Court Hall Jr. Maryana K. Hall Bob & Beth Hamilton John L. & Jean M. Hank Linda Hanke Richard & Jeanne Hannan Julia S. Hansen Henry Hauser Jr. William A. & Linda S. Herrnstein Kathleen M. Hillibish-Fernandez Rebecca C. Huddle Kiehner Johnson Tom & Joyce Johnson Rosemary Joyce James A. Kaval Mr. & Mrs. Byron L. Kentner Beverly Kiehl Laura Klein Todd Kleismit & Lisa Defendiefer Marilyn M. Kuchta Maryline & John Kulewicz Jerri Letcavits Dr. Bernard F. Losekamp Thomas & Nancy Lurie Frederick W. Martin Barbara B. Massie & Ryan B. Jaroncyk Brandon & Tracie McCall Joseph & Johanna Meara Terry M. & Martha J. Miller Fred & Carol Milligan Dick Moore Mr. & Mrs. William J. Muthig John Douglas Neel Gary & Heather Ness Wesley Newhouse Ann Newsom Phyllis Nicholson Marilyn Paulsen Colonel & Mrs. Wayne Pittman Michael G. & Andrea Rapp Yolita Rausche Sally Rogers Ann Royer Katharine & Robert C. Ruhl Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Rutter Rob & Jennifer Scheehle Richard & Willa Sisson Steve Stephens & Diana Lockwood Dan & Rebecca Terrible Dana Tyler John & Rebekah Vogel Meta von Rabenau Jeff & Sandy Ward Geraldine B. Warner Richard K. Wendt David Wilhelm Brian L. & Erin Holmes Wingfield Kathy Wyatt

Businesses, Foundations & Organizations 5-Star Staffing Akers Identity LLC Capital Communication Concepts Chicago Title Agency of Marion, Inc. George Fabe Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Fireline, Inc Franklin Heating Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio Lodge No. 70 Mr. & Mrs. John W. Galbreath Fund Thomas C. Hays & Mary Ann Hays Family Foundation Hieronymus Family Fund, Inc. Jewish Family Services Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, LPA The Kroger Company The Roberta L. Ewing Marks Charitable Lead Trust McGann Media Group Montei Foundation Murray American River Towing, Inc. Nurtur SalonSpa Columbus, LLC Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Two Caterers, Inc. Wright Brothers, Inc. CONTRIBUTOR $350–$499 Individuals Andrew T. Alderman Elizabeth A. Beck Ann C. Bigelow Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Brandt David Connors Bettie Friedman Judge Richard A. Frye Phil & Marilyn Hall Joe E. Heimlich & James H. Hodnett Roger & Sheila Hollenbaugh Thomas Ernst Huenefeld Larry & Donna James William G. Kofron Bill Mahon Dr. & Mrs. Paul McFadden Sara & Terry Miller Marilyn O'Brien & Margaret Nix James & Catherine Oda Brad Ostroff John & Norine Prim Marilyn Pritchett Steve & Debra Schumann Amanda S. Terrell Janet G. Todd Ray A. Waldren Megan & Cameron Wood Melody Young Businesses, Foundations & Organizations Battelle Youngstown State University History Dept.

SUPPORTER $150–$349 Individuals Anonymous (6) Dana L. Alexander & Adam Strait Joseph A. Alutto & Carol L. Newcomb Dale & Roberta Angerman Alice K. Bacon Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Bailey Margaret E. Baird Paula Baker Jackie Barton Arthur & Kathleen Bauer Barbara S. Bayless Donald & Jean Beckett Jennifer Bellville-Marrion Rex & Karen Berney Professor Mansel G. Blackford Jack Blosser Anne & Charles F. Botti Jr. Michael W. Brandl Catherine M. Bremner Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Browne Richard P. Bryan & Regina M. Amidon Mr. & Mrs. Randall L. Buchman Frederick A. Buck Lois Chandler Christine Coakley Franklin B. Conaway C. Ellen Connally Robin T. Cotton MD Elizabeth R. Craig Alan Curtis David & Adelaide Davies Thelda E. Davies Mr. & Mrs. P. Michael DeAngelo Linda L. Deitz & Bryan Wooden Edward & Lois Del Grosso Eileen Dray-Bardon Ruth Anna Duff Mr. & Mrs. Douglas R. Eakins C. John & Flo Ann Easton Dr. & Mrs. Lynn E. Elfner Donn Ellerbrock Carl E. Engelman M. Eugene Engle Mary L. Fawcett Senator & Mrs. Richard H. Finan Marjorie Finley Eric Floehr Fred & Veronica Frost Marjorie Furney James R. & Mary Ann Gardner Rick & Diane Geis George & Michelle Geissbuhler Deliaan Gettler Kathryn Gibbons Tracey Gilbert Bruce Goetzman Arthur & Molly Greenberg Tom & Linda Grey Beth Grimes-Flood & Tom Flood Melissa Hackett Jeffrey & Kelly Hall

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Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Halpin Dr. Edward L. Hamblin Virginia Hamister Lynn M. Hanson Dellas H. & Shirley L. Harder Rodney & Tina Harrah Clara H. Harsh Karen L. Hassel Jim & Jan Heinrich Robert & Patricia Henley Michael S. Herschler Joshua & Brandy Hill William E. Hughes Fern E. Hunt John & Barb Hykes Linda Busken Jergens Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Jirousek Jerry & Jeanette Kantzer David Kaplan Joyce Kaufmann Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. King Jr. Warren & Mary King William Q. Kirkwood Chuck & June Knaack Tina Knisley Paul F. Knue Beverly Michele Koenig Anthony D. Konecny Chris & Kristine Konik Judy Krieger Mr. & Mrs. John L. Leibold Robert Leonhard Roberta & James Lepi John Lewis & Judy Huang Lori & David Loveless Laura MacDonald James D. & Cheryl C. Mace Kevin B. McCray Jamie McGann Gary W. Meisner Fred B. & Ruth F. Miller Marcus J. Molea Craig Mosier Scott & Sharon Mueller Richard & Nancy Murdock Laraine Neighbarger Kristen Newby Nancy Newton Mr. & Mrs. C. Don Niece Annegreth T. Nill & Bruce C. Posey Becky Odom Jamison Pack & Jason Moore W. Kevin Pape Scott Pendleton DVM Helen M. Peternell Gale E. Peterson & Dennis Tracy Ken & Judy Pierce Joyce P. Pike Richard H. Pilkington Mr. & Mrs. William R. Platt Elizabeth L. Plummer Tanya Poteet & Mark Hill Kathy Prater Barbara & Jim Pritchard

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Marcus & Marcy Rall Mark & Denise Ramser Georgeanne & Michael Reuter Larry & Janet Robertson Elizabeth S. Ruppert MD Jessica Sells David Shanks The Honorable Henry E. Shaw Jr. Dennis & Linda Sheets Katherine Shipman David & Danita Shneidman Marvin Shrimplin Jane A. Simmons Jason & Kathleen Skestos Stefani Smith Stephen G. & Susan M. Smith Phil Spaugy Margaret & Robert Spernoga Effie Spillman Joan P. Stadler Greg Stewart & Susan Ernst Dr. Mac A. Stewart Philip W. Stichter Charlotte L. Stiverson J. Craig & Rebecca T. Strafford Neil E. Stutz Mark & Melissa Sull Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon A. Taft John Teichmoeller Alan Tonetti Mark & Sharon Tranovich Paul E. Tukesbrey M. Tuxford-Hawkins Doreen N. Uhas-Sauer & John Sauer Rhonda Walkup Rodney & Donna Wasserstrom Hugh N. Westwater Stuart Wilms & Rebecca Owen Dr. Gregory Wilson & Dr. Laura Hilton Jay & Barbara Wilson Paulene & Mark Wilson Jeanette L. Wojcik Bill & Mary Woods Ray Wylam Lisa Yashon Patricia A. Zangerle Businesses, Foundations & Organizations The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. Blendon Township Carroll Area Historical Society City of Grove City Dayton Society of Natural History Defense Supply Center Columbus Der Dutchman Plain City Eagle Research Group Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services Fairfield County Historical Parks Commission Friends of Ohio History Fund of The Columbus Foundation Geary Family YMCA of Fostoria Johnson Welded Products, Inc. Little Miami Canoe Rental

Miami Valley Steam Threshers Assn, Inc Orient Lodge No. 321 F&AM Our Towne Mechanicsburg Sinclair Community College St. James Lutheran Church Inc. The Troy Foundation Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau Unisan, LLC Whitemyer Advertising Inc Women's Fund of Central Ohio Wynford Elementary School MATCHING GIFTS The following organizations generously matched their employees' contributions. Craigslist Charitable Fund Discover Financial Services ExxonMobil Foundation Focused Capitol Solutions LLC Wolfe Associates, Inc. ELEANOR C. MABRY LEGACY SOCIET Y The Legacy Society honors and recognizes a distinguished group of supporters who have made a provision for the Ohio History Connection in their estate plan or have committed to another form of planned gift. We are grateful for their generosity and dedication to protecting Ohio’s history for future generations. Anonymous (5) Helen Jane Alexander* Gahanna Owen G.*& Marion L. Barr Grand Ledge, MI Betty J. Bock* Bowling Green Elizabeth Boyer* Chesterland Karen S. Brown Rochester, NY Parker B. Brown* Rochester, NY Georgia Bruce Upper Arlington Richard P. Bryan & Regina M. Amidon Holland John B. Calfee* Cleveland Marilyn I. Campbell* Gahanna Thomas N. & Patricia H. Canfield Pittsburgh, PA Cynthia J. Chester* Columbus Christine H. Crone* Euclid Noel Cutright* & Kathleen Redmond West Bend, WI Neva Deemer* Columbus Yenema V. Fernandez Trust Bellbrook Walter T. Frank* Columbus

Bernice S. Gay* Westerville Mary Eloise Green* Columbus Phyllis Greene Granville Arthur R. Haire* Powell Court Hall, Jr. Columbus Mary C. Hanes* Euclid Lawrence L. Heyder* Sunbury Sheila Hodgson* Columbus Margaret A. Hukill* Lancaster Hugh Huntington* Columbus Dorothy M. Jacobs* Columbus Frank & Julie Jungers Portland, OR Louise Kaercher* Hilliard Michael D. Lehman* Greenville Robert W. & Karen Lucas Pemberville Eleanor C. Mabry* Newport News, VA Theodore Magnuson* Longwood, FL Susan Marsch* Marietta Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason, Jr.* & Margaret Mason* Osprey, FL Rebecca Maykowski Columbus Nancy A. & Harry McGary* Harrison Dixie S. Miller* Gahanna Pauline B. Miller* Tiffin William H. Nolan* Columbus Edgar Northrup* Marietta Rosalie E. Palius* Columbus Richard & Jude Parke Shaker Heights Charles M. Patterson* Dayton Mary Miller Patton* Gahanna Dr. E. Jane Porter* Columbus Frank R. Porter* Columbus Jane Reamer* Worthington Richard J. Rinebolt* Findlay Lucinda Reynolds Bexley Perle Riley* Lebanon Karlon Roop Gahanna Katherine L. Rowland* Lebanon Cloene S. Samuels* Columbus


Dr. A. Jeanette Sexton Columbus Kathryn A. Sheedy* Westerville Isabel H. Simmons* Columbus Lillian Skeele* Columbus Robert Burns Smith Worthington Hills David J. Snyder Andover Mary H. Staats* Zanesville Kay Barnhouse Stout* Cambridge Lillian Bimeler Sturm* Zoar John W. Taylor* Cambridge Robert Waters Sr.* Georgetown Jane Werum Columbus Randall Worthington* Washington Court House Fred J. Zint* Wapakoneta *Deceased

NAMED ENDOWMENTS Thank you to our friends who have established an endowment to provide support in perpetuity for Ohio History or for specific sites and projects. Adena Garden Endowment in Memory of Judge & Mrs. Howard Goldsberry J.D. Britton Endowment for Local History Conestoga Endowment Mabel & Harvey Cutright Endowment for Fort Hill Neva Deemer Endowment for Social Studies Teacher Education Friends of Ohio History Endowment The Gay Ohio History Initiative Endowment William J. Gesling Endowment Mary Eloise Green Endowment Fund Charles A. Jones Memorial Endowment Dr. David N. Kinsman & Daniel Hatton Memorial Endowment William K. Laidlaw, Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund Nancy R. & Harry E. McGary Endowment Gary & Heather Ness Endowment William H. Nolan Endowment for Adena Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Endowment for Wahkeena Nature Preserve Ohio Gun Collectors Association Permanent Endowment Fund Ohio History Connection Legacy Endowment Ohio History Connection Membership Operations Endowment

Patterson Family Endowment for the Piqua Historical Area Randall Worthington Endowment for Adena The Towboat W.P. Snyder, Jr. Endowment The Worthington Family Endowment for Adena IN-KIND DONATIONS Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that have made generous contributions to support the Ohio History Connection. Richard W. Burry Giant Eagle New Century CSA Ohio Wesleyan University Dr. Doug Rutledge Dr. David Staley Tariq Tarey HONORIALS & MEMORIALS A tribute gift is a meaningful way to remember or honor a loved one or an occasion. The Ohio History Connection appreciates every tribute gift this year, all of which have made a significant impact on Ohio History. Honorials Lauren Goodridge from Dr. Keith Warren Charles C. Hall from Jeffrey & Kelly Hall from Timothy & Christina Hall Sherry Hall from Captain William Hendricks Chapter NSDAR Mark McKillip from Mark McKillip Matthew Benz from Ann C. Bigelow Jackie Brown from Keidan Cares Fund of The Columbus Foundation Patty Donnally from Jane F. Rector Patrice R. Fatig from Jennifer Pratt Michael Follin from Michael W. Brandl from Dr. Ronald & Joyce St. Pierre Diana Green from Thomas A. Green Sr. Charles C. Hall from Brian & Stacey Hall Warren G. Harding III from Richard & Jeanne Hannan Lance Klosterman from Kimberly Klosterman Bob Lucas from Susan L. Conda Sgt. Joshua Mann from Clyde Heritage League Inc. Andrew Mayer from Mary C. & Tom Mayer Buck Niehoff from George Fabe Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Michelle L. Rowley-Welsch from Mindy Hall David Snyder from Tracey Gilbert Memorials Johann Caspar Buhrer & Anna Maria Miller Buhrer from Dolores A. Shidler Andrew Cayton from Mary Kupiec Cayton Mr. & Mrs. Jack Chester from The Chester Family Foundation Sandra Davies from Lisa Adkins from Thelda E. Davies Nettie Enss from Donald Enss Joseph R. Fawcett from Mary L. Fawcett Elizabeth M. Hague from Mr. & Mrs. Jack L. Barnett from Donna Bennett from Rhoma Berlin from Ronald & Beverly Burns from Catherine Conte from Carol Davis from Sandy B. Farber from Nancy Fuchik from Mr. & Mrs. Ralph M. Geiser from Mr. & Mrs. John D. Jacob from Mary M. Klunk from Judith C. Martinez from Betty G. Menear from Dan Milosevich from William C. Moler from Ann K. Montgomery from Richard Ollila from Martin & Judith Pirollo from Georganna Reinbold from Contance Romeo from Mr. & Mrs. Todd Rush from Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Thomas from Marie M. Tuccillo from Jane A. Van Straten from Don White from Bob Yopko Carolyn Hess from Susan Di Mattia from Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hess from Thomas Jamison from Barbara Osborne from Maxine J. Unverzagt Randy Hoover from Loran & Joyce Brooks from Emily Cunningham from Sharyn Dunlap from Jenny Good from Tracey Graham from Heather Jenkins from Dr. Janet B. Williams Debbie Ikins from Larry Hanauer Robert Jeffrey from Thomas Ernst Huenefeld Megan C. Jones from Cynthia Violet Michael S. Krasnoff from Karen E. Campbell from Conestoga William K. Laidlaw, Jr. from Ted Prasse Patrick Moore from The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. from Judith W. Claycomb from Thomas Davis from Eagle Research Group from June P. Hard from Katherine Shipman from Steven H. Wittman

Cyrus Charles Null from Ann Hagedorn Nancy Parsons from Conestoga Robert M. "Bob" Parsons from Conestoga Chester & Mildred Roberts from Douglas C. & Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation Bertha M. Rose from Richard E. Hartle MD Gary Shaw from Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Krukowski David B. Smith from Conestoga Sylvia E. St. Pierre from Conestoga David Sweney from Dr. Barbara Zollinger Sweney PhD Dorothy R. Theller from Gary & Karen Deighton Lowell L. Williams, MD from Conestoga Preston Wolfe from Nancy Wolfe Lane Family Fund of The Columbus Foundation CONESTOGA For the past 31 years, the passionate and dedicated members of the Conestoga support group have shared their time, talent, and resources for the benefit of the Ohio History Connection. We are especially grateful for the loyal friendship of all Conestoga members. Listed below are individual and community partners who graciously contributed to Conestoga's fundraising success with gifts of $150 or more.

Individuals Anonymous (3) George Arnold Mr. & Mrs. William A. Bickell Robert Bruce Ida Copenhaver & James Ginter Garrett S. Dill Donald Dunn Pat & Laura Ecklar John & Bebe Finn Bob & Beth Hamilton Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Herr June & David Hinkle Nancy Jeffrey Gary & Heather Ness Carolyn B. & Dan E. Owens Marilyn Paulsen Chris Paulson George & Ruth Paulson Keith & Nadine Pierce Jerry & Joan Riseling Sally S. Rogers Elizabeth Sturges Doug & Suzanne Sweeney David H. Timmons Richard K. Wendt Jane M. Werum

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Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Museum of Art Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Fortner Fine Living Granville Inn Hamilton Capital Management, Inc. Knitting Temptations ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Thurber House Weiland's Market The Wine Bistro GOVERNMENT GRANTS The Ohio History Connection is proud to provide services to the people of Ohio that are funded through local, state and federal government grants.

Greater Columbus Arts Council & City of Columbus Institute of Museum & Library Services National Archives & Records Administration

Alan King contributed to the restoration of Cedar Bog Nature Preserve's boardwalk, which allows you to explore this extraordinary historic site.

National Endowment for the Humanities National Park Service Ohio Arts Council Ohio Alliance for Arts Education ServeOhio Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio State Library of Ohio

“ As I’ve grown older, I’m more conscious of the environment and the need for conservation. That’s why I support the Ohio History Connection and their natural history sites, like Cedar Bog Nature Preserve. They have done excellent work in preserving Ohio’s natural history for future generations.” – ALAN KING, Zanesville

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WILLIAM K. LAIDLAW JR. MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND

Helps Ohio History Day Students

Katrina Cassell

When Shaker Heights High School student Katrina Cassell signed up for Ohio History Day with her 10th grade history class, she wasn’t sure what to expect. “I had never done a history project before and this was my first time competing at History Day,” says Cassell. Following her instincts, she chose to create a website where she could incorporate her passion for photography into her project. “I love taking photos and I liked that I could put photos I found into webpages,” says Cassell. According to Ohio History Day State Coordinator Shoshanna Gross, the website category has been an increasingly popular project option for students like Cassell, who are excited to experiment with website design. Thanks to generous support from the William K. Laidlaw Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund, this category will continue to grow. "Demand for laptops has been steadily increasing, but the laptops we had been providing were aging, making it difficult for judges to view projects in a consistent format,” says Gross. “We’re so grateful to the William K. Laidlaw Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund, which provided 20 new Chromebooks and flashdrives to History Day so we could keep pace with student interests. This year, Cassell was one of 368 students to present her project on a Chromebook. Her project Taking a Seat in History: The Flint Sit-Down Strike, went on to earn First Place at State Contest in the Senior Individual Website category.

The William K. Laidlaw Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2010 in memory of William K. Laidlaw, Jr., who served as Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection from 2003–2009. Laidlaw was known for his devotion to promoting Ohio history and his belief in extending the Ohio History Connection’s mission to everyone.

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