News from OAC

Archaeology Projects Receive 2016 SHPO Awards

Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., Washington City Schools, and Paul Turner received a Public Awareness and Education Award for the archaeological investigation at the Gist Settlement in Highland County. Turner is a descendant of this freed-slave community. Washington High School history teacher Paul Larue and Ohio Valley’s Jarrod Burks were instrumental in the project’s success. The archaeological research was partially funded by grants from the History Channel and Time Warner Cable’s STEM Initiative.

The Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological and Geologic Consortium, Ashland University, The College of Wooster, and Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.’s Jarrod Burks also received a Public Awareness and Education Award for the Walhonding Valley Late Prehistoric Sites Project. The Consortium is composed of professionals, semi-professionals, and amateurs who for over 25 years have been volunteering on archaeological excavations to understand the region’s prehistory.

The Cleveland Underwater Explorers and the Maritime Archeological Survey Team (MAST) received a Preservation Merit Award for the survey, recordation and permanent mooring of the Sultan shipwreck in Lake Erie. The project is a model for volunteer efforts in underwater archaeology in Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie. A grant from the Ohio Archaeological Council partially supported this project.

For photographs and further information about these projects see

Firelands Archaeology Presents the 7th Annual Ohio Archaeology Dinner

 Please join us for a unique dinner featuring
traditional native foods prepared in a modern, gourmet style.

Special Guest Speaker:

Bradley Lepper, Ph.D.

Archaeology and Natural History Manager


Curator of Archaeology

Ohio History Connection


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Appetizers 6:30 Dinner 7:00

$20 Per Person

Includes Lecture, Dinner and Beverage

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2016 SHPO Historic Preservation Award Winners Announced

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.

Ohio History Connection seeks coordinator for World Heritage nomination

Working with a diverse group of stakeholders, this position will coordinate and execute the World Heritage nomination process (more information is available online at This includes managing the project goals and requirements, collaborating with stakeholders, managing the project schedule and budget. For position description and other information see:

Ohio History Connection Job Vacancy Posting



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