COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio History Connection's History Fund, an Ohio tax payer funded grants program supporting local history and preservation, will once again be an option for Ohioans to "check-off" on tax returns.
To increase campaign awareness, the Ohio History Connection created online videos from four famous Ohioans: Annie Oakley, Wilbur and Orville Wright and Ulysses S. Grant as they support Ohio history on their state tax returns.
Ohio taxpayers can support the History Fund grant program that benefits local communities and helps preserve Ohio's stories, by selecting "The Ohio Historical Society" (doing business as the Ohio History Connection) as a donation fund.
Since its inception in 2013, 20 history projects have been made possible by contributions from Ohioans. In the last fiscal year, which ended in June, Ohioans had contributed more than $165,000 to the History Fund.
"The first two years of the History Fund campaign have been a huge win for Ohio history," said Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. "For just a few dollars, Ohioans have helped to restore historic buildings, promote education and ensure the accessibility of our state's heritage for years to come."
The History Fund needs to raise at least $150,000 this coming tax season to stay on Ohio's tax forms for the next two years.
"Last year, Ohio taxpayers helped repair leaking roofs across the state, conserve rare Wright Brothers photos in Dayton and preserve Slavic heritage in Cleveland," said Andy Verhoff, History Fund grants manager.
The History Fund creates grants to help support local history and preservation projects in communities throughout Ohio. It's funded by Ohio taxpayers that select "Ohio Historical Society" as a donation fund on state tax returns. Information on the History Fund program is available at ohiohistory.org/makehistory, or by calling, 1-800-858-6878.
Ohio Historical Society is now Ohio History Connection
On May 24, 2014, the Ohio Historical Society changed its name to the Ohio History Connection. Established in 1885, this nonprofit organization provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio's history, archaeology and natural history through more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus. For more information about programs and events, call 1-800-686-6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.
Contact: Emmy Beach, 614.297.2330
SOURCE Ohio History Connection