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Free webinars about the History Fund grant program now available

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Grants for history projects from the Ohio History Fund. The deadline for this cycle’s round of History Fund grant applications is September 7, 2016.  So what is the Ohio History Fund and how do I apply?  The History Fund hosted two webinars this summer that explained the program and how you can write a strong grant application. Both webinars were recorded and are now available free of charge on the History Fund's website:

The first webinar, "History Fund Help - Overview of Application" surveys the History Fund's grant guidelines and walks you through the application section by section, focusing on those that our grant reviewers spend the most time evaluating.

The second webinar, "Digitization Nuts and Bolts," shows you how to strengthen your application for a History Fund digitization project and improve its chances of being funded, including addressing details that reviewers look for. Using real-life examples, presenters discuss standards and best practices, the importance of a well-defined project, and how to address long-term access and preservation.

Take a look at these webinars and begin your History Fund grant application!  If you have any questions, visit and contact Andy Verhoff, Ohio History Fund Grant Coordinator, Ohio History Connection, 614-297-2341 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks! 

Archaeological Projects Win 2016 Ohio History Fund Grants

The Fort Recovery Historical Society received $17,500 for an archaeological field school and ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey at Fort Recovery. A newly discovered 1793 map of Fort Recovery and the GPR survey of the area around the fort will guide archaeological excavations during the field school. These efforts will likely revise current understandings of the fort and one of the two nationally significant battles that occurred there during the Ohio Indian Wars of the 1790s.

Heartland Earthworks Conservancy (HEC) received $10,000 for a magnetometer survey of 35 acres at the Steel Earthworks, Ross County. The survey will enable HEC and its preservation partners to better plan for the conservation of important archaeological features at this Ohio Hopewell ceremonial earthwork site.

Please donate to the Ohio History Fund on your 2015 income tax form or see

Support for Senate Concurrent Resolution 16

Please contact your state of Ohio legislators requesting their support for Senate Concurrent Resolution 16, supporting the nomination of Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Click on the link below to see the resolution:


New OAC Website Administrator Announced

After many years of often unrecognized work, Brian Redmond has stepped down as the OAC website administrator as of January 1, 2016. Please join me in thanking Brian for his many years of tireless effort on the OAC’s behalf! We could not have moved the website forward without his dedication. 

Through the efforts of Al Tonetti, ASC Group President Shaune Skinner has generously agreed to have ASC’s Tina Davis take over administration of the OAC’s website from Brian. Many years ago Tina began working at ASC as an archaeology field tech, then moved to supervisor, and has since transitioned to Cartography and IT. Please join me in welcoming Tina and in thanking Shaune Skinner! The OAC could not continue to promote the advancement of Ohio archaeology without the support of members like Shaune.


Columbus Dispatch Editorial Urges New Laws to Protect Native American Burial Sites

Protect the past:

Ohio should do more to deter and punish those who plunder history...

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