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Online Voting Open: Save Our History Awards support preservation projects throughout Ohio

Grand prizewinner to receive $5,000 contribution for nomination project

Release Date: 04/13/2007

Web site visitors can help determine the winner of a $5,000 Save Our History Award by voting online for their favorite preservation project at Time Warner Cable’s local Road Runner Web site, www.AroundRR.com/SaveOurHistory.  Online voting is open beginning Monday, April 16, 2007 through Friday, April 27, 2007.  The top finalists include:

• Harvey School Restoration Project
Nominated by the Bucyrus Area Community Foundation

The Harvey One-Room School Restoration Project is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 when the Harvey School and three acres of land were deeded to the Bucyrus Area Community Foundation by the Howard Harvey family.  The school sits on its original site atop land purchased from the Wyandot Indians.  The restoration project consists of a Board of Trustees, officers, approximately 50 volunteers and 200 community financial supporters.  The project’s mission is to restore and preserve this historic landmark and to use it as a “living” museum providing classroom activities as they were in the late 1800s for classrooms, bus tours and area residents.

• Hear My Stories: The Underground Railroad
Nominated by the Kelton House Museum & Garden

The Kelton House will create a compelling audio experience to augment the visual elements of their Underground Railroad Learning Station exhibition.  A narrator portraying Salmon P. Chase, 19th century Ohio lawyer, Governor, and Secretary of the Treasury in the cabinet of Abraham Lincoln, will tell the Underground Railroad story through state of the art audio equipment.  Chase was well known for his anti-slavery views and represented many runaways in their efforts to gain freedom in Ohio.  The audio will also feature the voice of the grandson of the escaped slave Martha Hartway, who was sheltered by the Kelton family.  For more information visit www.keltonhouse.com.

• James Cemetery Restoration Project
Nominated by the Jackson County Chapter – Ohio Genealogical Society

The James Cemetery restoration is a volunteer effort being accomplished by the Jackson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (JCOGS) with help from veterans’ organizations and concerned citizens.  For decades, this historically significant cemetery, which contains the only remaining ancient Hopewell Indian mound within Jackson, has sadly been allowed to fall prey to vandals, tree limbs, neighborhood children and neglect.  Since late 2005, JCOGS has cleared this cemetery of brush, restored fractured or leaning gravestones, and located approximately 30 more that had become completely buried.  Our immediate need is to install a period fence around the cemetery in order to protect it from further desecration.  A link to the JCOGS Web site with further information can be found at www.jacksoncountyohiogen.com/.

• Linn School – Marion Township Sub-District School #8
Nominated by the Marion County Historical Society

Marion Township Sub-District School #8, known as Linn School, once used as a corncrib, is being restored to its original 1880 era condition.  Purchased by Merle and Oliver Hamilton and donated to the Marion County Historical Society, the one-room school is used by volunteer teachers to provide educational experiences of that era.  Linn School has received recognition from: Downtown Ohio: “Best Rehabilitation Project of 2004;” The Ohio Historic Preservation Office: “2006 Ohio Historic Preservation Merit Award;” The National Trust for Historic Preservation: “2006 National Preservation Award;” and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places: February 7, 2007.

• Preservation of the Orange Johnson House
Nominated by the Worthington Historical Society

In 1963, the Worthington Historical Society saved the Orange Johnson House, built in 1811 and 1819, from demolition; the Society restored it and opened it to the public in 1972.  Many people visit the house every year and all Worthington Third Graders as well as students from around central Ohio enjoy tours to experience the history of our community.  Thirty years after the initial restoration, additional work on the brick façade is needed.  The Time Warner Cable Save Our History Award would help us to proceed with the needed work and help preserve this structure for future generations in Worthington and central Ohio.  For more information visit www.worthington.org/history.

The Save Our History Awards, sponsored by Time Warner Cable in coordination with The History Channel, honor organizations in central, northwest and southeast Ohio that raise awareness and support for preserving local heritage, landmarks, sites and artifacts with community impact.  A panel of judges has selected the top five projects from nominations submitted throughout Ohio, and now the community can weigh in.  Online voting represents 15% of the overall score.  The grand prizewinner of the Save Our History Awards will receive a $5,000 check for their project and promotional support from Time Warner Cable.  The second and third place winners will receive checks for $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

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