Ohio’s story isn’t just any story, it’s your story. Preserving, sharing, and bringing those stories to life is what we do.

Our History

The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the State Historic Preservation Office, the official state archives and the Community Engagement Department and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio. For more information, go to ohiohistory.org.

2021 – 2031 Strategic Plan

Ohio History Connection is finalizing our 10-year strategic plan. Sustainability, equity and relationship-building are the guiding concepts for the Ohio History Connection in the years ahead and will inform the services we provide to Ohioans whether internally or externally-focused. These priorities meet the needs of this moment and will help us emerge from the current economic downturn to achieve our desired impact and objectives.


Megan Wood, Executive Director & CEO

Jen Aultman, Chief Historic Sites Officer

Lauren Barber, Director, Human Resources

Jen Cassidy, Director, Ohio History Center & Ohio Village

Jerry Dannemiller, Chief Marketing Officer

Stephen George, Chief Strategist and Senior Advisor

Stacia Kuceyeski, Chief Operations Officer

Jillian Ramage, Director, Information Systems

Ann Ruege, Chief Development Officer

Mary Beth Hirsch, Director, State Historic Preservation Office

Fred Smith, Director, Facilities Management


Jeff Ward, Chief Financial Officer

Charles Wash, Director, National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

Alex Wesaw, Director, American Indian Relations

Elizabeth Woods, Director of Archives & Libraries



Meet Our New CEO

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Neil Thompson, Manager, Media & Public Relations 614.297.2330 [email protected]

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Ohio History Connection is committed to providing our visitors, volunteers and staff an environment free from intimidation, harassment, and discrimination with respect to admission and access to our sites, programs and activities. The Ohio History Connection does not permit harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The Ohio History Connection is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based on these grounds.

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