Host an Ohio Open Doors Event

September 9–18, 2022

Help Ohioans discover your community’s amazing heritage. Become a host site for Ohio Open Doors–a 10 day event when Ohio historic buildings and landmarks open their doors for special tours and events. Create a special event for your neighbors: think of your event as an opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors inside your doors to share your site’s unique stories.

We are excited to have Ohio Open Doors taking place this year, with some modifications. We will be accepting in-person and virtual events. All in-person events must continue to follow guidelines provided by your local, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please know that all events are subject to change based on the evolving COVID status of Ohio and your county.

Benefits

  • Stimulate tourists’ and citizens’ interest in landmarks and architecture in your community
  • Create a time for members of your community to connect with you and each other
  • Promote, educate and inspire pride in Ohio’s amazing heritage
  • Create an event that out-of-town tourists and community members will love

Event Requirements

  1. Hold an in-person or virtual event between September 9–18, 2022.
  2. ​ All in-person events must follow county public health and CDC guidelines.
  3. Event(s) must be free, open to the public and abide by all laws and local ordinances concerning safety and access. ​

Event Ideas

  • In-person tours and workshops
  • Live virtual talks or tours

Registration is now open.

History

Ohio Open Doors was created in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Passed by Congress and signed in to law in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act made preserving historic, architectural and archaeological resources whenever possible a policy of the federal government. Ohio continues to rank among our nation’s leading states in preserving historic places.

Stipends

Stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizations with an annual budget of $50,000 or less, or three or fewer paid staff, are considered eligible to request a basic costs stipend. Please complete the basic costs stipend request form and accompanying W9 form.  Note: A signature is required on page 2 of the W9 form. 

New this year are arts-related stipends, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, to add an arts component to your event like live music, a storyteller or other performer, or enhanced graphics. Please complete the arts related stipend request form and accompanying W9 form. Note: A signature is required on page 2 of the W9 form. 

Requesting a stipend is separate from submitting your Ohio Open Doors event, which is easy to do using the form below.

We’ll Help Make Your Event a Success!

As the sponsoring organization, Ohio History Connection will support qualifying, participating properties by promoting the overall ten-day period of Ohio Open Doors. In addition to small-dollar stipends available, you will also have access to:

  • an online kit of useful materials for promotion
  • use of the Ohio Open Doors logo

Sample press release: a fillable Word document in which to add your event details

Tips for writing a successful event listing: Here's some of our advice on how to write an engaging event listing for your website or email communications

Sample social media posts: Here's sample posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Register Your Event!

To participate in Ohio Open Doors, please complete and submit this form for each event you are hosting. Events will be posted to the calendar shortly after receipt. Promotional efforts by the Ohio History Connection have begun and will peak in late August 2022. If you have any questions please call the State Historic Preservation Office at 614.298.2000.