Ohio Statehood Day 2012 To Feature John Glenn, State Constitution, History Success Stories at Ohio History Center, March

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) will host a daylong celebration of Ohio history on Thursday, March 1 to recognize Statehood Day at the Ohio History Center. Admission to the Center, located at I-71 and 17th Avenue, will be free to the public.

Former U.S. Senator John Glenn is scheduled to give remarks at the event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. At the event, OHS will unveil a new competitive matching grants program to help support history-related projects throughout the state. Ohio’s original 1802 constitution will also be on display throughout the day. It is a rare opportunity for the actual state constitution to be available for viewing in a main visitor area of the museum. Several history “success stories” will also be highlighted.

Each year OHS sponsors Statehood Day in partnership with other statewide history organizations including:

  • Heritage Ohio
  • Ohio Academy of History
  • Ohio Archaeological Council
  • Ohio Council for Social Studies
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board
  • Ohio Local History Alliance
  • Preservation Ohio
  • Society of Ohio Archivists

“Statehood Day is a great occasion to recognize the importance of Ohio history,” said Burt Logan, Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society. “We are pleased to host the event at the Ohio History Center this year. We’ve made many recent improvements and added several new exhibits during the past year.” The Society’s newest exhibit, Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Normally Talk About, opens on Feb. 29.

The Ohio General Assembly last year approved a change on state tax forms to give Ohio taxpayers an option to donate a portion of their state income tax refund to OHS starting on this year’s forms. The Society is using those private contributions to create a competitive matching grants program for projects supporting local history-related organizations. Details of the matching grant program will be introduced March 1 during the Statehood Day presentations.

For more information or to register online, visit http://www.ohiohistory.org/statehoodday, or contact Jerolyn Barbee at the Ohio Historical Society toll-free at (877) 393.4369 or (614) 297.2326.

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About the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio History Center

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 Center is home to a world class museum, the state archives, Echoes in Time Theater, Ohio Historic Preservation Office, and the administrative offices of the Society. 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 into the future.

The Museum in the Ohio History Center is open Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Noon to 5 p.m.  The Archives/Library is open Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (closed on Sunday). The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is open Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general information about the Ohio Historical Society, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.

For specific information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312.

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