The Ohio Historical Society's History Fund supports the preservation and sharing of Ohio’s heritage by funding local, regional, and statewide projects, programs, and events related to the broad sweep of the state’s history. It is a competitive matching grants program funded through Ohio taxpayers’ voluntary contributions on their state tax returns. For information about donating to the History Fund on your Ohio tax return, visit ohiohistory.org/makehistory.
The History Fund grants are announced at the annual Statehood Day event at the end of February (Ohio Statehood Day is officially March 1). Cleveland Museum of Natural History received $12,873
2013 Grant Recipients
Clark County Historical Society (Springfield) received $15,000 for a project that will enable the society to update and improve the care of its collection of historical artifacts and make them accessible through a digital catalog.
to pilot on a wider scale a proven and highly innovative means to quickly and inexpensively document prehistoric Native American archeological 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 received $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 received $15,000
, for a project that will enable the Depot, a WWII 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) received $15,000
for support of a 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 ‘60s. 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) received $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. John & Annie Glenn Museum Foundation (New Concord) received $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 System (Middletown) received $2,160
for the 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 from frequent handling.
Pioneer Historical Society of Muskingum County (Zanesville) received $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 Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Union County Historical Society (Marysville) received $3,300 to digitize rare color film footage from 1938 showing everyday life in a 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.