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The Ohio Historical Society would like to announce the Ohio Humanities Council, American Electric Power and Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation as new sponsors for the Ohio Civil War 150, a statewide initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Funding provided will assist the creation of traveling exhibits and educational programming that will highlight Ohio’s Civil War story as well as kick off the society’s fund-raising campaign for the sesquicentennial, according to Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio Historical Society.
Ohio’s leadership before, during and after the Civil War had a profound influence on American history. At the directive of Gov. Ted Strickland, the Ohio Historical Society is leading the effort to commemorate the state’s role in the Civil War (2011-2015). The intent of the initiative is to make Ohio’s Civil War history more accessible to the public and allow hundreds of community organizations to provide educational programming in their own regions.
“It is important to commemorate the significance of the Civil War as well as to celebrate the role that Ohio played in achieving victory,” Logan said. “The funding generously provided by the Ohio Humanities Council, American Electric Power and Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will help do just that by increasing awareness of the state’s important contributions during one of the most divisive and defining conflicts our nation has known.”
The Ohio Humanities Council has provided more than $35,000 in grants for traveling exhibits and for historical research and interpretation using scholars and educators around the state. In addition, the Council and Ohio Historical Society have collaborated to offer a speakers’ bureau of Civil War historians and interpreters for the 150th anniversary observance. Community organizations around Ohio are seeking such programs to contribute to their own efforts to commemorate the anniversary.
American Electric Power has donated $25,000 for outreach programs to assist Ohio’s commemoration of the Civil War. Funds will be used to support the development of the traveling exhibits and educational initiatives in communities around the state. It will also aid in the continued creation of new content for the program’s website, www.ohiocivilwar150.org, where Ohioans and others can look up historic photos, documents, and items related to Ohio’s Civil War history, share their own communities’ stories and more.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, the hockey team’s grant-giving organization, has provided $7,350 for development of an online educational curriculum intended to engage Ohio students in the study of the state’s significant role in the Civil War and to honor the Blue Jackets’ team name and its Civil War heritage. By working with the Foundation’s educational publisher to highlight the program within the Blue Jackets @ School online program, the Ohio Historical Society will help to create teacher lesson plans and classroom activities that will be informative, engaging and tailored to the Ohio Social Studies Academic Content Standards for fourth, fifth and eighth grades.
In addition, the Ohio Historical Society has partnered with various Ohio organizations to provide online resources and educational programming. Partners include the Cleveland State University Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, State Library of Ohio and eTech Ohio.
For more information about the Ohio Civil War 150 initiative, visit www.ohiocivilwar150.org.
SUPPORT THE OHIO CIVIL WAR 150
Please join the Ohio Historical Society in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Ohio. Your tax deductible gift will be used to support educational outreach and programming as the Ohio Historical Society works with local communities to remind Ohioans of the war’s importance in our history and to reflect upon its enduring legacy in our lives. Through the Civil War sesquicentennial, the Ohio Historical Society will create resources, programs, and networks that will continue long after the anniversary is over.