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Save the Date for Ohio Open Doors 2022 Sept. 9-18, 2022

Be watching this space for information about our next Ohio Open Doors event.

Landmarks Opened Their Doors Virtually in 2020

Many visitors were able to discover Ohio’s amazing heritage as historic buildings and landmarks across our state opened their doors virtually for special tours and events during Ohio Open Doors, Fri., Sept. 11–Sun., Sept. 20, 2020.

Special Focus on Historic Theaters and Opera Houses

In addition to hosting virtual content from the full range of historic places and special landmarks, we highlighted Ohio’s unparalleled collection of historic theatres and opera houses. Our hometown theatres are gathering places, social centers and a bastion for Ohio’s arts and culture. These historic places help define and distinguish our communities by building a strong sense of identity. They need our support during this time of extended closure.


About Ohio Open Doors

EXPLORE TREASURED PLACES

From a 214-year-old log house in Hamilton to Canton’s imposing McKinley Memorial, you can explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage—some opening especially for Ohio Open Doors events or offering behind-the-scenes looks that aren"t ordinarily available. All Ohio Open Doors events are free, and most are special one-day-only opportunities.

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs. “Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.

MANY IN NATIONAL REGISTER

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

Ohio Open Doors is sponsored by the Ohio History Connection and by more than 200 partnering organizations that are hosting events in communities across the Buckeye State.

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