Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Ohio Historical Society

  • Columbus, OH
  • www.ohiohistory.org

Mission Statement

Spark discovery of Ohio's stories. Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future.

Main Programs

  1. Ohio History Day
  2. Collections
  3. Ohio Historic Preservation Office
  4. Education & Outreach Programs
  5. Historic Sites
Service Areas

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Ohio

The Ohio History Connection is a private nonprofit organization created in 1885 to identify, authenticate, collect, preserve, educate and interpret records, objects and places related to Ohio's pre-history, history, and natural history. Today, the Ohio History Connection manages the operations of more than 50 historic, archaeological, and natural sites across the state and serves as the state's partner in conducting an expanded range of activities related to interpreting, collecting, and preserving the state's heritage.

A 21-member board of trustees governs the Ohio History Connection. Nine are elected by the Ohio History Connection's membership, nine are appointed by the Governor, and three are elected by the board. Its audiences include: the general public, genealogists, amateur historians, historic preservationists, public officials, professional historians and archaeologists, naturalists, teachers, students at all grade levels, and various historical organizations, including other historical museums.

ruling year

1951

Executive Director & CEO

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Mr. Burt Logan

Keywords

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History, Pre-History, Natural History, Ohio, Museum, Arts, Culture, Historic Preservation, Education,

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Also Known As

Ohio History Connection

EIN

31-4389673

 Number

6358020359

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Ohio History Day

Ohio History Day is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting program that makes history come alive for students. Students learn history by doing history. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers. NHD reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative and cooperative learning. The Ohio History Connection has sponsored Ohio History Day for the state since 1996 and sees History Day as a key element to the outreach services we offer throughout Ohio. Currently more than 7,000 students participate from Ohio in projects at the school, regional, and state level.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Collections

From automobiles to wedding gowns, the collections of the Ohio History Connection document both the ordinary and extraordinary stories of Ohioans. The Ohio History Connection collects, preserves, catalogs, manages and makes available to the public a vast collection of about 1.6 million objects in its museums across Ohio, and in its flagship museum in the Ohio History Center.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 3

Ohio Historic Preservation Office

The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is the State Historic Preservation Office for Ohio. The Office nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews rehabilitation work to historic buildings for tax credits, reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic properties, qualifies communities for the Certified Local Government program, and provides technical assistance and advice to the public.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Education & Outreach Programs

From field trips, to distance learning, to professional development, the Ohio History Connection offers a wide range of site-based and virtual educational programming. Our programming is aligned to Ohio College and Career Ready Standards and supports the Common Core State Standards. In addition, we offer programs that promote 21st Century Skills and Historical Thinking Skills. The following programs are available through the Ohio History Connection:

Distance Learning - Distance learning programming from the Ohio History Connection offers an exciting, highly interactive and engaging alternative to typical classroom activities. Our diverse catalog of award-winning, standards-based, cross-curricula programming is a fun and innovative means of learning for K-12 students, educators, and lifelong learners of all ages. Groups across the country can easily access our programming through video conferencing software from a tablet or PC or with standard H.323 video conferencing equipment.

Museum in a Box - Designed to enhance Ohio’s Social Studies Academic Content standards, the Museum in a Box program is targeted for students at the elementary and middle school grade levels. All resource kits include objects and images that relate to Ohio’s unique history. These objects are provided to inspire creative use in the classroom and are meant to encourage the application of 21st Century Skills to history and social studies curriculum. Each of these kits provides tools and information for educators to use in the classroom to supplement and enhance their regular curriculum.

History to Go - The Ohio History Connection's History To Go program travels the state bringing Ohio's history to life for thousands of children in schools, libraries and community centers. Choose from a variety of program offerings featuring interactive stations and engaging historical thinking activities. Programs are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards in Social Studies and include authentic and reproduction primary source objects, images, and documents.

Ohio as America - Ohio as America is the premier social studies resource for teachers and students across the state. Since its launch in 2011, this 4th grade social studies online textbook has won multiple awards and engaged more than 75,000 Ohio students. Created by the Ohio History Connection in Partnership with INFOhio,Ohio as America combines digital technology and multimedia with traditional teaching methods, delivering a new learning experience that is both engaging and fun!

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 5

Historic Sites

Across the state, the Ohio History Connection oversees 57 historic sites and museums located in 40 counties. Our network of historical sites includes homes and memorials associated with US presidents such as Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Warren G. Harding. It includes early cultures and mound building sites such as Serpent Mound, Ft. Ancient, and Newark Earthworks. Some historic sites help visitors learn about the entrepreneurial and literary genius and diversity of Ohioans. Other historic sites in the network, such as Cedar Bog and Wahkeena, are nature preserves and are great places to hike and take photos.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

The Ohio History Connection is a private nonprofit organization created in 1885 to identify, authenticate, collect, preserve, educate and interpret records, objects and places related to Ohio's pre-history, history, and natural history. Today, the Ohio History Connection manages the operations of more than 50 historic, archaeological, and natural sites across the state and serves as the state's partner in conducting an expanded range of activities related to interpreting, collecting, and preserving the state's heritage.

A 21-member board of trustees governs the Ohio History Connection. Nine are elected by the Ohio History Connection's membership, nine are appointed by the Governor, and three are elected by the board. Its audiences include: the general public, genealogists, amateur historians, historic preservationists, public officials, professional historians and archaeologists, naturalists, teachers, students at all grade levels, and various historical organizations, including other historical museums.

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Ohio Historical Society, Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Executive Director & CEO

Mr. Burt Logan

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Robert W. Lucas

President, United Way of Greater Toledo (retired)

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