The big money winners this year at Statehood Day in Columbus, that is, funds from that check-off box on your Ohio tax return from last year, were:
1. Mahoning Valley Historical Society, $4526 - to digitize microfilm of Republic Steel company records and Youngstown Mayor Charles P. Henderson's scrapbooks as he cracked down on organized crime.
2. Wyandot Co Historical Society, $2945 - to create an exhibit on the Wyandot tribe.
3. Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative with Kent State University, $9000 - to produce a guide for low-cost rehabilitation of old, empty buildings.
4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, $14,500 - to make available the papers left by Cleveland Plain Dealer rock and roll reporter Jane Scott.
5. Junior League of Columbus with Kelton House Museum & Garden, $3000 - to get hand held audio units for self-guided tours of the museum.
6. Southington Twp Board of Trustees, $11,000 - to stabilize a National Register school building to eventually be used as a community center.
7. Union Library Institute Presevation Society, $17,900 - for continued work on the Clemens' farm house, in the African American settlement of Longtown in Darke County.
8. Massillon Heritage Foundation, $17,900 - to do interior work on Five Oaks, an 1890s Gothic, Tudor and French Renaissance home designed by Charles Schweinfurth - Cleveland's Millionaire's Row architect.
9. Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, $17,500 - to establish a speakers bureau and videotape testimonials of remaining Holocaust survivors in the Cincinnati area.
10. City of Olmsted Falls, $5000 - to develop signage for the Historic District of that city.
11. Fayette County Historical Society, $14,000 - to repair windows in their museum.
12. Dairy Barn Arts Center, $10,000 - to repair gable ends of this historic barn, a popular cultural events center in Athens.
13. Belpre Historical Society, $2730 - to upgrade their PastPerfect software and provide training.
The History Fund gave $130,000 this year, $20,000 more than last year, to 13 winners as above. They had 33 applications so your group has almost a 50% chance of funding. I still see no OGS chapters in the list. Please submit your projects of a historical nature. Details on the ohiohistory.org web site.