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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  • by dumbfounded history Location: Vienna on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    We have museums??
  • by parent Location: marietta on Mar 27, 2009 at 08:17 AM
    i know one thing i went years ago and it was not much at all to get in and see. about 6 months ago i had my daughter from parkersburg in town and wanted to take her and it was late in the day so we went in just to check the admission ad all and see if she had intrest and it was like 9 or 10 bucks or something if i remember right. HELLO why dont you dop to the admission to like 5 bucks and get word out of the street and im sure the attendance would pick up its a great place to visit and see but you shouldnt take advantage of peopleand charge a outragous price!
  • by Kathy Location: Marietta on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    I don't mind museums running restricted or reduced hours, as long as they are being USED... by the schools and by the public. I'm curious to learn what the actual door count is for some of our museums and what we are doing to promote them to our own community?
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