Each year the State Historic Preservation Office recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in Public Education and Awareness, and Preservation Merit.

The Public Education and Awareness Award is for increasing interest in historic preservation. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, media, newsletters, publications, interpretation, original research, educational programs, and special events which have substantially increased public understanding and awareness of historic preservation at the local, regional, or state level.

The Preservation Merit Award is for preserving Ohio's prehistory, history, architecture, or culture. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, restoring, rehabilitating, or otherwise preserving an important building or site, longtime stewardship of a property, promoting protective legislation, funding preservation projects, offering leadership, support, or service, and furthering preservation at the local, regional, or state level. 

In 2016, three Ohio archaeology projects will receive awards from the State Historic Preservation Office.

Public Education and Awareness Award:

Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., Washington City Schools, and Paul Turner, for archaeological investigation at the Highland County Gist Settlement.

Ashland University, The College of Wooster, Ohio Valley Archaeology Inc., and the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological and Geologic Consortium, for the Walhonding Valley Late Prehistoric Sites Project.

Preservation Merit Award:

Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) and Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST), for the Sultan Shipwreck Mooring Buoy and Archaeology Project in Lake Erie.

If you would like to meet the recipients and learn more about their achievements, the State Historic Preservation Office Awards Luncheon is being held this year on Saturday, October 29, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Avenue in Columbus. Registration is $30. To register, please contact Rochelle Bailey at 614-298-2000.