Ohio Statehood Day, hosted on March 1, was a day filled with engaging discussions, honorable awards and impressive grants that provided the framework for discussing Ohio’s rich history. More than 250 attendees joined forces to strengthen Ohio through legislative advocacy enhancing the state’s heritage assets and knowledge. Conversations centered on boosting economic development, enhancing quality of life and recognizing Ohio’s internationally significant history while boosting heritage tourism. The event is coordinated by Ohio History Connection with the support of numerous organizations including the Ohio Travel Association.
Keynote speaker Marion Werkheiser, an award-winning preservation advocate, spoke to attendees about preserving heritage (pictured above). She discussed the value of contacting candidates, legislators and political figures in order to properly preserve the places that Ohio holds dear. Marion discussed historic preservation as a national value that is crucial to everyone and encouraged attendees to join the conversation.
Rep. Kirk Shuring, representing Ohio House District 48, received the Ohio History Leadership Award in recognition for his outstanding work towards protecting history and heritage in Ohio through an Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit project (pictured above). Rep. Shuring has committed himself to protecting the rich history of Ohio and even shared the story of the passing of Senate Bill 60 which leveraged the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit.
Throughout the day, speakers continuously brought up important advocacy points such as boosting economic development, enhancing quality of life and recognizing Ohio’s internationally significant history while boosting heritage tourism. Attendees were encouraged to speak to representatives and political figures in order to protect Ohio’s rich history and boost growth in the industry.
The program ended with the reveal of money for the Ohio History Fund Grant. This competitive grant program gave away $100,000 to deserving projects.
All in all, it was a successful day filled with speakers, great conversations and important advice to those seeking to protect Ohio’s history and heritage. When Todd Kleismit, Director of Community and Government Relations at the Ohio History Connection, was asked about the powerful takeaways of the day, he stated: “This year’s event had a strong emphasis on historic preservation and why it is so important to have incentives for communities in Ohio to preserve their historic assets.” This successful day is sure to make positive waves in the tourism industry towards protecting the history and heritage in Ohio.