Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial

The Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial (also referred to as America 250-Ohio) was formed through the Ohio Revised Code: Section 149.309 and announced on March 1, 2022 on Ohio's Statehood Day by Governor Mike DeWine. The (29) member commission is charged with preparing the state to participate in the United States of America's 250th anniversary which culminates on July 4, 2026.
For more information, click on: Get to Know America 250-Ohio

During this multi-year commemoration, Ohioans from our local communities in all 88 counties, will be the spotlight of the impact that has/is/will be made on our nation's story. From the many "Firsts" that came from Ohio, (i.e. Aviation, Universities/Colleges, National Organizations), to the sacred stories of our residents, and the unique areas of the state that continues to evolve, the rich content of our state will be an opportunity for all people to connect and see themselves in Ohio's story...as well as the story of our nation. Please join us!

Recommendations to the People of Ohio
The Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial has released its initial report with recommendations for Ohio’s participation in the nation’s upcoming 250th anniversary.
Click here to view the report

America 250-Ohio Blog
Click here to read the latest entry!


America 250-Ohio's staff members:
Todd Kleismit, executive director

Jodie Engle, managing director


Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial members:
Commission Co-Chairs
Doug Preisse, Van Meter-Ashbrook & Associates-principal
Michael B. Coleman, former mayor of Columbus/IceMiller LLP-partner

Commission Members
State Sen. Hearcel Craig, Ohio Senate
Kathryn Dean-Dielman, Lorain County Historical Society-board president
Kelly Falcone Hall, Western Reserve Historical Society-executive director
John Fleming, Ph.D.-museum professional
Steve Hambley, Ph.D.-Medina county commissioner
Thomas Hankins, Sons of the American Revolution: Hocking Valley Chapter-chapter president/Friends of Fort Laurens-member
Nancy Hollister-former governor/lieutenant governor/legislator
State Rep. Adam Holmes, Ohio House of Representatives
Melinda Huntley, Ohio Travel Association-executive director
Vincent Keeran, Ohio Senate Clerk
Megan Kvamme, Muskingum County entrepreneur
State Sen. George Lang, Ohio Senate
Adam Levine, Toledo Museum of Art-director
Montgomery County Commissioner Deborah Lieberman/County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio-president
Matt MacLaren, TourismOhio-chief
State Rep. Joe Miller, Ohio House of Representatives
Charley Moses, Ohio History Connection-board president
Kimberly Murnieks, Office of Budget and Management-director
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Ohio Supreme Court
Paul Oyaski, former mayor of Euclid/Cuyahoga County development department
Elizabeth Pierce, Cincinnati Museum Center-executive director
Sharetta Smith-mayor of Lima
Ted Strickland, former governor/former member of Congress
Samantha Turner, Youngstown city council member
Ginger Warner, Ohio Arts Council-board chair
Mackensie Wittmer, National Aviation Heritage Area (Dayton)-executive director
Wendy Zucal, Ohio Local History Alliance-immediate past president/Dennison Railroad Depot-executive director
Megan Wood, Ohio History Connection-executive director (Ex-Officio/Commission secretary)

Meetings for the Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial:
Thursday, December 8, 2022-The 4th qtr. Commissioner meeting will be held at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum inside the Streetside Center at 11 am. Click here for directions.

All meetings are open to the public.

Recent meetings for the Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial:
September 16, 2022-The 3rd qtr. Commission meeting was held at the Ohio History Center

September 8, 2022-A work session for the America 250-Ohio report was held at the Ohio History Center 

September 7, 2022-The committee's co-chair debrief was held at the Rhodes State Office Tower, 35th Floor

June 10, 2022-The 2nd qtr. Commission meeting was held at the Adena Mansion & Gardens

March 1, 2022-The 1st qtr. Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentinnial meeting was held at the Ohio Statehouse


America 250-Ohio's Committees

America 250-Ohio has established (10) thematic state-wide committees led by two co-chairs with representation from at least one member of the Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial. The purpose of the committees is to collectively create a list of recommendations that the Ohio Commission will utilize as they  …” plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of Ohioans on the nation's past, present, and future.” (source)

America 250-Ohio's Committee co-chairs:
88-County Public Engagement Committee
Ted Strickland, former Ohio governor/Commission member
Cheryl Subler, executive director of the Ohio County Commissioners’ Association

Celebration & Signature Events Committee
Mackensie Wittmer, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Area/Commission member
Kim Kiehl, associate director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association

Commemoration Committee
Nancy Hollister, former Ohio Lt. Governor/Commission member
Joyce Barrett, retired executive director of Heritage Ohio

Communications, PR & Marketing Committee
Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio/Commission member
Christie Angel, executive director of the YWCA Columbus

K-12 Education Committee
State Rep. Joe Miller/Commission member
Paul LaRue, State Board of Education member

Museums, Arts Organizations, and Cultural Institutions Committee
Wendy Zucal, executive director of the Dennison Railroad Depot/Commission member
Donna Collins, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council

Philanthropic Partners Committee
Doug Preisse, Van Meter Ashbrook & Associates/Commission member
Tony Rucci, retired America 250 Foundation CEO

Scholarship Committee
Dr. John Fleming, museum professional/Commission member
Randy Gardner, Chancellor of Ohio

Showcasing Committee
Vincent Keeran, Ohio Senate Clerk/Commission member
Angela Meleca, executive director of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Travel, Tourism & Economic Development Committee
Melinda Huntley, executive director of the Ohio Travel Association/Commission member
Toni Bell, founder of the Phoenix Consulting Company



Todd Kleismit, executive director  

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Jodie Engle, managing director  

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