First Ever Ohio History Fund Grant Recipients Announced

Today 11 organizations were awarded Ohio History Fund grants!

The Ohio History Fund is a competitive matching grants program that is one of four “tax check-off” funds found on Ohio’s income tax forms and entirely funded through Ohio taxpayers’ voluntary contributions. The strong demand in this first year of operation underscores the need for the History Fund and support for history projects in Ohio. OHS received 64 applications totaling $891,000 in requests. The supply of grant monies available was $114,000 thanks to nearly 17,000 Ohioans who voluntarily contributed to the History Fund in 2012 (tax year 2011).

Our executive director, Burt Logan, says:

“The History Fund was developed to support the preservation and sharing of Ohio’s heritage by funding local, regional, and statewide history projects, programs and events. It is proving to be a very popular and worthy program that helps local organizations and historical societies fund the projects that are meaningful to their communities.”

Here is the list of winners. Congratulations to our colleagues!

Recipients of Ohio History Fund grants posing with their "big checks" at the Ohio Statehouse.

Recipients of Ohio History Fund grants posing with their “big checks” at the Ohio Statehouse.

  • Clark County Historical Society, Springfield, $15,000 for a project that will enable the society to update and improve the care of historical artifacts and make them accessible through a digital catalog.
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History, $12,873 to pilot on a wider scale a proven and highly innovative means to quickly and inexpensively document prehistoric Native American archaeological sites in the eastern Lake Erie basin, which, if widely adopted, could lessen the need for full scale excavations of sites across Ohio and the Midwest.
  • Cleveland Restoration Society, $15,000 for the “Know Our Heritage Educational Program,” which will document and raise awareness of endangered historic sites in Cleveland’s African American community.
  • Dennison Railroad Depot, Dennison, $15,000 for a project that will enable the Depot, a World War II era icon and National Historic Landmark, to alleviate crowded artifact storage conditions at two of its museums and enable both to move to a facility, which will insure the long-term preservation of the historical collections.
  • Eden Valley Enterprises, Elyria, $15,000 for support of PBS documentary about Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, an ordinary Ohioan who overcame adversity and became extraordinary through her hikes of the Appalachian Trail in the 1950s and 1960s. Gatewood’s inspiring story will broaden our understanding of what the Women’s Movement, fitness, and successful aging means.
  • Friends of Whitewater Shaker Village, Cincinnati, $15,000 to build ADA-compliant restrooms at this National Register of Historic Places-listed site, the last intact Society of Friends (Shaker) site in Ohio. Restrooms will enable the Village to open to the public, the plan of the site’s leaders since 2001.
  • Granville Historical Society, Granville, $6,041 for re-enactment of the first Anti-Slaver Convention in Ohio at Granville in 1836. The event will enable attendees to recreate and examine the issues that eventually led to the Civil War.
  • John & Annie Glenn Museum Foundation, New Concord, $6,600 to construct additional display cases at the Foundation-operated National Road/Zane Grey Museum. The additional cases will enable the museum to take on loan and exhibit private collections, otherwise unavailable, of locally-made wares from smaller firms during the region’s heyday as a pottery manufacturing center. The exhibits will offer new reasons to visit the museum and encourage repeat visitation.
  • MidPointe Library Systems, Middletown, $2,160 for digitization of four historic Butler County atlases. The project will make the maps and information in the atlases available digitally through the library system and protect the originals from the damage that comes with frequent handling.
  • Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County, Zanesvile, $8,000 to repair the roof of the Stone Academy according to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The Academy, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
  • Union County Historical Society, Marysville, $3,300 to digitize rare color film footage from 1938 showing everyday life in small town and rural Ohio, generally not well documented on film – much less in color. The reels also include footage of the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, and Ohio State football games. The digitized film will be posted on You Tube and distributed to local libraries and schools.

Help us continue this program by contributing part of your Ohio income tax refund. The box is on line 25b on tax form IT-040. All donations are tax deductible. If you want to donate, but do not receive an Ohio tax refund, OHS accepts gifts designated to the Ohio History Fund. Click here for a donation form.

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