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Museums Work to Keep History Alive

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Proposed budget cuts to the Ohio Historical Society has local museums searching for other ways to continue operations.

In order to keep the area's history alive, museum officials are reaching out to the community.

"One of the things that brings people here is the community's history," Andrew Verhoff, Historic Site Manager of the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums, said.

Verhoff loves teaching people about the first organized settlement in the northwest territory, or better known as Marietta.

"A lot of people got interested in history because they came to our museums," he said.

But officials say with Governor Ted Strickland's proposed ten percent budget cut for the Ohio Historical Society, they're a little concerned about the museums' futures.

"It will just be a loss of history to not only just visitors, but also to thousands of school children," Kim Schuette, OHS's Communications Manager, said.

The city of Marietta holds a great deal of history, and for these museums to continue educating people in the area, they may need a little help from the community.

"At most sites we've been able to increase access because a local partner comes in to help us with the daily operations," Schuette said.

So now they're trying the same approach in Marietta; meeting with community leaders in hopes of building partnerships, just in case funding from the state isn't enough.

"Ultimately my hope is that maybe we can restore some of their funding so we don't have to go down this road, but again we've got a lot of work to do," Ohio Senator Jimmy Stewart said.

Taking a close look at a tough financial situation, and finding a way to keep history alive.


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