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    Jeff Regensburger
    Jeff Regensburger
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    On June 3rd the Ohio Senate passed it’s version of the State’s budget bill.

    If allowed to go through as written, our communities stand to lose funding for even more OHS programs, including National History Day (a competitive history project program for students), the OHS Local History Office (which supports local history initiatives in over 800 communities), and the Ohio Historical Markers program.

    This strikes me as backward and short-sighted. Given the current economy, I would argue that this is exactly the time we should be promoting Ohio and it’s heritage, not hanging it out to dry.

    Those Historical Markers do more than just inform, they help to shape our perceptions about our communities and develop our sense of place; and for crying out loud, National History Day originated in Ohio!!!

    If you agree that these programs should be saved, I urge you to contact your state legislators and let them know how you feel. The OHS has a handy “Take Action” page set up on their web site that makes it easy to share your concerns.

    Save Ohio History.

    #278761

    Tenzo
    Participant

    What programs are you suggesting these replace?

    #278762
    Manatee
    Manatee
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    I know that Serpent Mound and Fort Hill are in very real danger of being closed.

    Can you imagine, going on a trip to Stonehenge, and finding the gate locked? Closed. Due to budget constraints.

    And guess what happens then? Vandalism.

    #278763

    joev
    Participant

    Manatee wrote >>
    I know that Serpent Mound and Fort Hill are in very real danger of being closed.
    Can you imagine, going on a trip to Stonehenge, and finding the gate locked? Closed. Due to budget constraints.
    And guess what happens then? Vandalism.

    From what I’ve heard, Serpent Mound and Fort Hill would remain open, but the visitors centers/interpretive museums at the sites would close. There would still be a groundskeeper. That info is a few weeks old, though.

    #278764
    Manatee
    Manatee
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    I know of certain groups that are being approached to take over the groundskeeping. But these places are in very real danger. The visitors centers are already barely open. This issue is very rapidly changing with each passing day.

    #278765

    joev
    Participant

    I do know that a lot of the OHS sites are looking for public/private partners to help keep them open. Some have been more successful than others. It’s a really sad state of affairs. It is an incredibly tough budget year, though. When social services for the poor are on the table, you know it’s going to be tough for every entity out there that receives public funding.

    #278766
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    Amen to that. Which just goes to show how jacked up our financial structure is.

    #278767

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    One of the biggest issues within OHS is it’s current business model. Continuing to throw money without addressing their structure or style is going to continue to plague Ohio with these issues every time we do the budget.

    Not saying these things shouldn’t be saved. But there are some serious issues to look at.

    #278768
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    I agree.

    #278769

    I spent every summer at Fort Hill for eight years, at the summer camp that is adjacent to the hill/visitor’s center. I wonder if the camp is one of the groups being approached to help care for the hill. I hope something is figured out; I’d be sad to see it closed.

    #278770

    michaelcoyote
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    Manatee wrote >>
    I know of certain groups that are being approached to take over the groundskeeping. But these places are in very real danger. The visitors centers are already barely open. This issue is very rapidly changing with each passing day.

    Is there a good source for information on these issues?

    #278771

    adrock
    Member

    i love ohio history and of course no one wants to see things close, but in a financial crisis, this is the stuff that should be cut first isn’t it? doesn’t pretty much every elementary school within 90 minutes go visit that serpent mound for a field trip? charge like $1/kid and they’ll be fine. or heck, turn it into a history lesson/volunteer day where the kids help out.

    stickland has cut over a $1 billion from the budget in the past couple years, and these people are whining because they’re just now having $1.45 million cut? join the party. there have been hospitals shut down. when things get better, i’m sure they’ll be back to normal. strickland will get my vote in 2010.

    #278772

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    adrock wrote >>
    i love ohio history and of course no one wants to see things close, but in a financial crisis, this is the stuff that should be cut first isn’t it? doesn’t pretty much every elementary school within 90 minutes go visit that serpent mound for a field trip? charge like $1/kid and they’ll be fine. or heck, turn it into a history lesson/volunteer day where the kids help out.
    stickland has cut over a $1 billion from the budget in the past couple years, and these people are whining because they’re just now having $1.45 million cut? join the party. there have been hospitals shut down. when things get better, i’m sure they’ll be back to normal. strickland will get my vote in 2010.

    Actually it’s not just now. OHS has gone through a budget crisis at least 2-3 times in the last decade that I am aware of.

    #278773

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    michaelcoyote wrote >>

    Manatee wrote >>
    I know of certain groups that are being approached to take over the groundskeeping. But these places are in very real danger. The visitors centers are already barely open. This issue is very rapidly changing with each passing day.

    Is there a good source for information on these issues?

    This is FY 08 annual report (PDF file) that I think talks a bit about the growing partnerships. Don’t know if it’s the issues you are looking at.

    #278774
    Jeff Regensburger
    Jeff Regensburger
    Participant

    lifeontwowheels wrote
    Actually it’s not just now. OHS has gone through a budget crisis at least 2-3 times in the last decade that I am aware of.

    Pretty much. These aren’t the first cuts the OHS has seen, just the most recent. Here’s a few snippets from various Dispatch articles over the last year or so:

    3/29/2009

    Money is the problem. The parent Ohio Historical Society’s state budget has been whacked 40 percent in the past decade, bringing maintenance to a standstill and forcing staff cuts statewide. The Zoar staff, once 17, is down to seven, including a single tour guide.

    3/17/2009

    The Ohio Historical Society will lay off 25 employees and reduce hours at 13 historic sites to cope with state budget cuts.

    The latest round of budget reductions ordered by Gov. Ted Strickland to make up a $1.2 billion state budget shortfall resulted in the loss of $1.2 million for the society. In the past seven years, the agency has lost 40 percent of its state funding.

    8/30/2008

    In response, the society announced yesterday that from March 28 to April 3 next year it will close all its sites and furlough employees.

    6/24/2009

    Acclaimed as a wonder of the ancient world but plagued by a lack of financial support in the modern one, the 2,000-year-old Newark Earthworks could become part of the national park system.

    The cash-strapped Ohio Historical Society will decide Friday whether it will work with the National Park Service to study the costs and benefits of transferring the site — which actually includes three earthworks — to the national park system.

    Ohio has a rich historical heritage. It’s one of the things that makes our State unique. If you think efforts to honor that heritage ought to be given proper funding, I’d encourage you to share those thoughts with your legislators.

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