Posted May 27, 2020
This weekend we celebrated the annual tradition of opening Ohio Village, in Columbus Ohio. It was a virtual opening as our 50+ historic sites and museums remain closed. In my nearly 40 years of working in the museum field, I have never witnessed a more committed, hardworking, smart group of people—all focused on helping Ohio history thrive. However, history has shown that, even in our greatest actions, the circumstances, albeit temporary, are sometimes greater.
Beginning June 20, Ohio History Connection is eliminating the positions for 15% of our staff and we will extensively reorganize. This is a painful decision. We are honored by the work and service of our colleagues who will be leaving us on June 20. In addition, we are reducing the compensation for Chief Officers by 20% and for Directors by 10%.
The effects of COVID-19 are unavoidable. With a reduction in state funding and earned revenue, our organization, like many others, is experiencing a challenging economic reality. But with the resources we continue to have, we are focused on our service to others—to help our communities, caregivers, teachers, local site partners and history organizations, local CVBs, tribal partners, members and donors.
We are sad today. But we are also determined to ensure that Ohio’s stories of our past and of this very moment
are known. Our colleagues who leave us are forever part of our legacy.
We are the keepers of the stories and we will continue to bring these stories, Ohio’s stories to life. We thank you for your support as we make our way through this difficult time.