The Award of Merit is presented for excellence in history programs when compared to similar projects nationwide. Burt Logan, Executive Director and CEO of the Society, was present to accept the awards and said, “These awards recognize the hard work of the Ohio Historical Society’s staff and reward the innovative ideas and approaches behind these programs. It is also an honor to see the Ohio Historical Society rank so highly among its peers.”
AASLH presented the Ohio Historical Society with three Awards of Merit in recognition of the following programs:
- Controversy: Pieces You Don’t Normally See
- Ohio as America, an Online 4th Grade Textbook
- The Ohio History Service Corps-AmeriCorps Program
Controversy: Pieces You Don’t Normally See marked an innovative departure from the Ohio History Center’s previous exhibits. Controversy featured the electric chair from the old Ohio Penitentiary, a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, a sheepskin condom, a crib-bed cage that restrained patients at a mental institution and a thumb mitt used to prevent children from sucking their thumbs. The Ohio Historical Society provided minimal interpretation of these objects, allowing the items to stand on their own and encouraging visitors to explore their own personal reactions. The exhibit was on view at the Ohio History Center from April 1 to November 20, 2011.
Ohio as America is an new electronic textbook and interactive social studies curriculum. Created for social studies teachers by the Ohio Historical Society, Ohio as America is a carefully compiled online textbook that is aligned to the Ohio Revised College and Career Ready Standards and supports the Common Core State Standards. Ohio as America provides a greatly enhanced study of Ohio’s past in a dynamic format and explores Ohio’s role in and impact on the development of the United States. Over 30,000 students and 1000 teachers subscribed to the Ohio as America 4th grade online textbook during the 2011-2012 school-year. A new Ohio as America 8th grade social studies supplement will launch this fall.
The Ohio History Service Corps has been supporting community and local history all over Ohio since October 2011. Partnering with local history organizations, the Ohio Historical Society has placed AmeriCorps volunteers in communities across the state. AmeriCorps members serve in teams to promote and preserve Ohio’s strong history through educational experiences for community members. The Ohio History Service Corps has three components: Civil War 150 Leadership Corps, Ohio History Tech Corps and Ohio Historic Preservation Corps. Each of these AmeriCorps volunteer groups helps local organizations put history to work in their community.
ABOUT THE OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archeology and natural history. The society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 250,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off Highway I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For specific information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312. firstname.lastname@example.org.