Are you ready to take advantage of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011? The anniversary provides a great opportunity to increase attention of and visitation to your organization, historic sites, events and programs. That’s where the Ohio Historical Society can help! Charged with leading the sesquicentennial commemoration effort, the Ohio Historical Society is supporting local communities by providing assistance in planning, coordination and promotion.

Below are some links to help you navigate the many resources we offer.


Ten AmeriCorps volunteers have been placed with partner organizations around the state to directly assist Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration efforts in their area. Each volunteer will collaborate with tourism groups, historical and civic organizations, libraries and schools to make the most of telling Ohio’s story before, during and after the Civil War. Learn more about the AmeriCorps member in your area.

Online Calendar

Promote your events by adding them to our online calendar, a clearinghouse of Ohio’s commemorative events and programs. Contact or your local AmeriCorps volunteer for assistance or for more information about promotional possibilities.

Request to Use CW150 Logo

Many communities and organizations are planning to commemorate the anniversary with programs, special events, exhibitions, publications and more. The Ohio Historical Society has made the Ohio Civil War 150 logo available for print and digital use in order to assist the marketing efforts of local communities and organizations. Please fill out and send in the request form: Ohio Civil War 150 Logo Request Form [WORD]

Speakers Bureau

The Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Humanities Council have collaborated to provide organizations with a list of great speakers and historical interpreters covering numerous topics including Ohio in the Civil War, John Brown, Underground Railroad, Morgan’s Raid and much more. Book a speaker by visiting the Ohio Humanities Council website.


In need of re-enactors for your event? Visit our discussion forum where re-enactors have listed their contact information. Still need recommendations? Send an e-mail to with details about your event and we will provide you with contact information for local re-enacting groups.

Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee

Made up of individuals from around the state, this 18-member committee is helping guide state and local commemoration efforts. They are available to assist you with your commemoration by bringing your questions, concerns and comments to the quarterly meetings or by helping plan or attend your events. Learn more about the Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee.

Ohio’s Civil War Story

Learn more about Ohio’s impact on the Civil War as well as the war’s impact on our state by looking through our online exhibits and the Interpretive Framework for the 150th anniversary. In collaboration with the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio Historical Society has developed the interpretive framework to help guide our state’s commemoration efforts. We encourage your organizations to read and engage your audiences with the themes of the framework.


The Civil War sesquicentennial is an excellent opportunity for libraries to introduce Ohio’s Civil War and Underground Railroad history to a new generation of youth and young adults. Check out our teaching resource page for lesson plans, classroom activities, book club reading suggestions, teacher toolkits and more.