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.

2025-2030 Strategic Plan

FY25-30 Strategic Plan updated In late February, the Ohio History Connection Board of Trustees passed, by unanimous decision, an update to the organization’s 10-year Strategic Plan, defining the key priorities of the organization for the next five years.

The updated plan reflects not only refreshed mission, vision and values for the organization, but, for the first time, it outlined the organization’s approach to defining its’ work culture. Beyond those defining markers and priorities, the core projects of the organization were similarly brought into focus.


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

Fred Smith, Director, Facilities Management


Jeff Ward, Chief Financial Officer

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

Diana Welling, Director, State Historic Preservation Office

Elizabeth Woods, Director of Archives & Libraries




For membership questions, please contact:

[email protected] 800.686.1545


For media inquiries, please contact:

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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