COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The July 4th holiday weekend is a good time to reflect on our nation's past -- and plan a visit to nearby historical sites using the first annual edition of Gateways, the most extensive travel guide featuring Ohio Historical Society sites ever published. The free, 32-page publication, produced in partnership with Ohio Publishing and Bob Evans Farms, features one of the largest systems of state-owned historical sites in the nation. The guide is available by calling toll-free 1-888-909-OHIO (6446). Gateways presents descriptions of OHS historical landmarks through articles featuring particular themes in American history. Readers will learn about American Indian heritage, military history, settlement and transportation, African-American heritage, the state's leaders, social and economic history, and natural history. All 62 OHS sites are described, including the newly opened Museum at Fort Ancient near Lebanon and the society's flagship Ohio Historical Center and Ohio Village complex in Columbus, where a new 19th-century style church and modern education center will be unveiled July 4th. Other sites represent periods in Ohio history spanning from the ice age (at Cedar Bog near Urbana) to the space age (at the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta). Among other historical sites described in the travel guide are military forts, nature preserves, prehistoric earthworks, living history villages and museums focusing on a wide array of topics. The gateway concept represented in the publication's title relates to the OHS Gateway initiative, a comprehensive capital improvements program funded by state and private dollars. The program's purposes are to make OHS sites more identifiable and informative to people interested in various aspects of Ohio's past, to illustrate the significance of the historical sites in American history and to demonstrate how the landmarks relate to each other. Through the new initiative, gateway -- or principal -- sites leave been selected for many of the themes presented in Gateways. For example, Campus Martius in Marietta and Fort Ancient near Lebanon are serving as gateway sites for the areas of settlement and transportation and American Indian heritage, respectively. Enhancements have been made to these historical sites, and many more improvements are planned for other landmarks in the OHS system. Callers requesting Gateways also will receive the OhioPass travel planner and a state map provided by the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism. Information about OHS sites also is available on the OHS web site, www.ohiohistory.org.
SOURCE Ohio Historical Society