Posted June 5, 2009
Thank you to everyone who has shown your support of the Ohio Historical Societys outreach programs and sites by contacting your State Senators about funding! Here’s the situation: The Senate approved their version of the budget yesterday without restoring our funding, BUT there is still time to act. Weve been hearing from the offices of state Senators and Representatives that our message is being heard! What now? The budget will go into conference committee, where members from the House, Senate and the Governor’s Office will reconcile differences in the budget. HERE is where our funding has the best chance of being restored. What can you do? RALLY: Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 11 from noon 1 p.m. to Rally for History! at the Ohio Historical Center, located at I-71 and 17th Avenue in Columbus. Youll also have an opportunity to visit the statehouse if you have time at the end of the rally. The Ohio Senate voted yesterday to approve the next two-year state budget, which includes significant budget cuts that would reduce the states investment in the Ohio Historical Society to the lowest level since 1994. Now the budget goes to a conference committee made up of a small number of House, Senate, and Governors Office officials. There is still time to make an impact and help restore funding for historic sites and the Societys Outreach programs that affect students, teachers, local history organizations and Ohio communities. Its time to Rally For History! Please join us on Thursday, June 11. Well be thanking all who participate in the rally with FREE parking and admission to the Ohio Historical Center. More details coming very soon EMAIL and CALL: If you have already called and emailed your State Senator, call and email your State Representative. You can also call, write and email Governor Strickland to show your support of restoring funding to the Ohio Historical Society in budget line 509! If you’d like to contact all three at once, use our Legislative Action page.