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Statehood Day 2017

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Statehood Day 2017

Ohio’s local history advocates will once again convene at the Ohio Statehouse on March 1 to celebrate the state’s birthday and to advocate for issues important to local history groups.

The annual Statehood Day event brings together Ohio’s history supporters and gives you the opportunity to meet with your state legislators and network with fellow history-related professionals and advocates. You can register for the event online at The cost is $40.

This year’s event features Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, as the keynote speaker at lunchtime. Attendees are encouraged to schedule a meeting that morning with their state representative and/or state senator to discuss public policy issues relating to history and historic preservation.

The Ohio History Connection will also announce its 2017 History Fund grant awards, funded through income tax donations from Ohioans. Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) will be recognized with the Ohio History Leadership Award, presented annually to a state legislator who has “gone above and beyond” in promoting Ohio history.

“We’re very excited to have Greg Harris from the Rock Hall with us for Statehood Day,” said Todd Kleismit, director of community and government relations for the Ohio History Connection. “Greg is passionate about the importance of preserving history as is Speaker Rosenberger. We are also delighted to be able to give out big checks from the History Fund grant announcements in support of local history.”

Statehood Day is sponsored by Ohio History Connection, Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, Ohio Humanities, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Travel Association, the Ohio Museums Association, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Council for Social Studies and the Society of Ohio Archivists.

Please register online by February 22. If you have questions, please e-mail Todd Kleismit at [email protected].

Ohio Statehood Day: March 1, 2016

Join fellow history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Ohio’s birthday – and to advocate for Ohio History.

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding, we and our partners invite you to join a broad coalition of history advocates for our annual Statehood Day event. The state’s birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for history advocates to come together to help showcase the importance of Ohio’s history and how history, historic preservation and the organizations that help provide access to Ohio’s rich history benefit the Buckeye State. Statehood Day is a celebration of Ohio and its history, as well as a legislative advocacy event! Register today.

{Please note that additonal security measures have been implemented for your safety at the Ohio Statehouse and the Riffe State Office Tower. Be prepared to have your ID and to go through metal detectors.}   


9:30–10 a.m.            Coffee and registration

10–10:30 a.m.         Briefings on Statehood Day legislative priorities

10:30 a.m.–Noon    Meet with state legislators (scheduled on your own)

                  Find your state representative here.

                  Find your state senator here.

Noon–1:30 p.m.     Lunch program

  • Presentation of Ohio History Leadership Award to State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)
  • Keynote Speaker: Marion F. Werkheiser,
    Founding Partner Cultural Heritage Partners
  • History Fund grant awards

1:30 p.m.– later        Additional legislative meetings as necessary.

Optional Statehouse tour available

Registration is now open. Click here to register.

Advocacy & Outreach Committee Participates in Statehood Day

Several members of the SOA Advocacy & Outreach Committee will be participating in Statehood Day on March 4, 2015 in an effort to promote and support the CARMA (County Archivists and Records Managers Association) Legislative Committee’s proposal to amend ORC 149.43. This proposal would lift any access restrictions on records with permanent retention after 100 years from the date the record is finalized and closed.

Statehood Day is a day to celebrate the history of the State of Ohio as well as a day to advocate on legislative issues that may impact archival repositories throughout the state. Committee members will be available and working with the CARMA Legislative Committee to promote their proposal and answer any questions that participants may have. Committee members will also be encouraging participants to bring this issue to their local legislative representative and to explain the importance of this proposed amendment.

Important records such as: Adoptions, Lunacy, County Home Registers, Children’s Home Registers, Witness Dockets, Juvenile Court Cases, and Veteran’s Relief Records are some of the records that would become open to the public if this proposal is adopted. These records are important to researchers as they provide valuable insight into our collective history as a state, as a society, and as families. For more information on the CARMA proposal, please visit the SOA Advocacy & Outreach Committee at Statehood Day.

For more information please visit Ohio History Connection’s page for Statehood day.