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Advocate for Ohio Archaeology and History: Participate in Statehood Day

When: Wednesday, March 1.

Where: Ohio Statehouse

The state’s birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for advocates of Ohio archaeology and history to remind and update our state legislators about the importance of Ohio’s heritage, and how we and the organizations we participate in contribute to Ohio’s growth and quality of life. 

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9–9:30 a.m                    Registration

9:30–10:15 a.m.            Briefing on Statehood Day legislative priorities (economic development, including state funding for the Ohio History Connection and the Ohio state’s travel and tourism agency, and protecting publicly-owned historic resources).

10:15–Noon                  Meet with your State Legislator (scheduled on your own)                                

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Noon–1:30 p.m             Lunch Program ($40 pre-registration)  

  • Presentation of Ohio History Leadership Award to Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
  • Keynote Speaker: Greg Harris, President & CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
  • History Fund grant awards


 1:30–later                    Meet with your State Legislator (scheduled on your own)                      

Statehood Day is a joint effort among the Ohio History Connection, Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio Travel Association, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the Ohio Museums Association, Ohio Humanities, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Council for Social Studies, Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board and the Society of Ohio Archivists. 

OAC 2017 Field School Scholarship: Applications due April 21, 2017

In 2017, the Ohio Archaeological Council will award one $750 field school scholarship to a students registered or enrolled in a 2017 archaeological field school operating within the State of Ohio. The Ohio Archaeological Council will consider applications from either undergraduate or graduate students participating in either academic or non-academic archaeological field schools. Applicants must be an active and registered student at a college or university. Students whose field school fees are already fully funded through tuition remission, grants, stipends, or other scholarships will not be considered. Click here to download the application. 

Help Ohio Archaeology: Donate Your Ohio Income Tax Refund

The Ohio History Connection’s History Fund grant program is one of the few grant programs in the state for archaeology projects – and it needs your help to grow. If you receive a refund on your Ohio income taxes, donate all or a big portion of it to the "Ohio History Fund" tax "check-off," line 26c on your state tax return.

The goal for the History Fund this year is a modest $88,000, a 10% increase in tax check-off donations in 2016, an average $9 from 9,800 Ohioans. Coupled with sales of Ohio History mastodon license plates and donations to the Ohio History Connection for the History Fund (see below), our goal is to have at least $90,000 for the program next year.

Your donation makes possible grants for archaeology and history projects throughout Ohio. Since the Ohio History Fund started in 2012, it has made 47 grants in 32 counties for a total of $448,000. Proving there is a great need for the History Fund, it has received 224 grant applications from 52 counties, totaling $2.7 million in requests! For a list of grant recipients, visit

These grants included four archaeology-related projects (and even more applications):

Fort Recovery Historical Society, Fort Recovery (2015-16 cycle)

$17,500 for an archaeological field school and ground-penetrating radar survey at Fort Recovery, Mercer County.

Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, Hillsboro (2015-16 cycle)

$10,000 for a magnetometer survey of Steel Earthworks, Ross County. 

Dayton Society of Natural History (2013-14 cycle)

$16,000 to reconstruct the thatched roof of Big House, the central exhibit of SunWatch Indian Village/Archeological Park, a National Historic Landmark, Montgomery County.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History (2012-13 cycle)

$12,873 to pilot on a wider scale a proven and highly innovative means to quickly and inexpensively document prehistoric Native American archeological sites in the eastern Lake Erie basin.


Not receiving a tax refund? You can still help: buy an Ohio History mastodon license plate. Twenty dollars from the sale of each set of plates benefits the History Fund grant program. To learn more, visit: Select the History button.

You can also make a donation directly to the Ohio History Connection for the History Fund, visit

Questions about the History Fund? Visit or call Andy Verhoff in the Ohio History Connection’s Local History Service department at 614-297-2341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

OAC Letter Concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline

At the fall 2016 OAC business meeting the membership passed a motion asking the Board of Directors to examine matters related to the alleged disturbance of Native American sacred sites and other cultural resources during construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and take appropriate action. The Board undertook considerable discussion of the matter and drafted a letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency in charge of permitting portions of the pipeline under their jurisdiction. The letter was also sent to the Department of the Army, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


You can read the letter here.  

OAC USACE DAPL Letter 13 DEC 2016.pdf


Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks

Recently, the National Park Service requested public comments on whether to nominate any of the properties on the United States’ World Heritage Tentative List to UNESCO for inscription. The Ohio Archaeological Council submitted this letter urging the Department of Interior to nominate the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.

 Click below to read the letter:

World Heritage Letter 19 DEC 2016.pdf

Historic Preservation Fund Reauthorized by Congress

On December 10, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the National Park Service Centennial bill, HR 4680. The bill reauthorizes the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for seven years (authorization expired in 2015) and now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature. The bill already passed the House. Although there are many uncertainties and challenges ahead for archaeology, the bipartisan effort of Congress to pass this bill is a positive development. The HPF provides for a relatively small portion of the royalties that energy companies pay for the right to drill for oil and natural gas on the federally owned Outer Continental Shelf to be used to preserve cultural resources, including archaeological sites, and fund State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs). For fiscal year 2016, Congress allocated $65.41 million to the HPF. Of this amount, $46.925 million was awarded to SHPOs and $9.985 million to THPOs. This bill only reauthorizes the HPF. It is now up to the new Congress to appropriate funds (provide dollars) for the programs supported by the HPF.


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