Our annual Statehood Day legislative advocacy event takes place Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Statehouse in Columbus.
It includes a luncheon featuring Erin Moriarty of CBS News, who'll speak about her experiences from a historical perspective. Moriarty is a native of Cincinnati and began her career as a reporter in Columbus before working in Cleveland and eventually as a correspondent for 48 Hours, where she's covered a broad range of important social and legal issues since 1990.
Supporters Meet With State Legislators
Statehood Day brings supporters of Ohio's history- and preservation-related organizations together to meet with state legislators about issues of mutual interest. The Feb. 27 event will feature a new Ohio History Leadership Award that will be presented to a state legislator who has gone above and beyond in promoting Ohio history. This year’s recipient is Sen. Randy Gardner (R – Bowling Green).
Grants Will Be Announced
During the luncheon, the Ohio History Connection will announce the second round of History Fund grant awards funded through income tax return donations from Ohioans.
Ohio History Connection Executive Director Burt Logan says he's delighted to be able to provide History Fund grants to state and local organizations engaged in preserving and promoting Ohio history as part of the Statehood Day event.
"The Ohio History Connection tax check-off that provides the funding for these grants was itself something that we advocated for each year at Statehood Day,” he says. “So it is highly appropriate that we celebrate that achievement at this event and recognize those history-related projects that are moving Ohio forward.”
History- and preservation-related organizations were encouraged to submit grant proposals to the Ohio History Connection by the Sept. 5, 2013, application deadline. Grants totaling about $100,000 are expected to be awarded, according to Andy Verhoff of the Ohio History Connection’s Local History Office, which administers the History fund grants program.
Register by Feb. 14
Registration for Statehood Day is $25, which includes the luncheon with Erin Moriarty, through Friday, Feb. 14, and $30 after Feb. 14. To register, or for more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org/statehoodday.
Statehood Day is sponsored by the Ohio History Connection, Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Council for Social Studies and the Society of Ohio Archivists.