Statehood Day 2017

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Statehood Day 2017

Ohio’s local history advocates will once again convene at the Ohio Statehouse on March 1 to celebrate the state’s birthday and to advocate for issues important to local history groups.

The annual Statehood Day event brings together Ohio’s history supporters and gives you the opportunity to meet with your state legislators and network with fellow history-related professionals and advocates. You can register for the event online at www.ohiohistory.org/statehoodday. The cost is $40.

This year’s event features Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, as the keynote speaker at lunchtime. Attendees are encouraged to schedule a meeting that morning with their state representative and/or state senator to discuss public policy issues relating to history and historic preservation.

The Ohio History Connection will also announce its 2017 History Fund grant awards, funded through income tax donations from Ohioans. Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) will be recognized with the Ohio History Leadership Award, presented annually to a state legislator who has “gone above and beyond” in promoting Ohio history.

“We’re very excited to have Greg Harris from the Rock Hall with us for Statehood Day,” said Todd Kleismit, director of community and government relations for the Ohio History Connection. “Greg is passionate about the importance of preserving history as is Speaker Rosenberger. We are also delighted to be able to give out big checks from the History Fund grant announcements in support of local history.”

Statehood Day is sponsored by Ohio History Connection, Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, Ohio Humanities, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Travel Association, the Ohio Museums Association, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Council for Social Studies and the Society of Ohio Archivists.

Please register online by February 22. If you have questions, please e-mail Todd Kleismit at tkleismit@ohiohistory.org.