Ohio Bicentennial celebration in works

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COLUMBUS – The Ohio Bicentennial Commission has approved funding for five major events and 40 smaller grants, guaranteeing that every region of the state will take in the bicentennial celebration in 2003.

Large-scale signature events will take place in Dayton and Columbus, along Lake Erie and the Ohio River, and across the state’s midsection. The 2003 events also encompass state regions and themes central to Ohio’s first 200 years. They are:

* Tall Stacks on Oct. 15-19. Ohio’s river history and America’s steamboat age will be celebrated in communities from Marietta westward to Cincinnati.

* Inventing Flight on July 3-20. The centennial flight celebration in Montgomery and Greene counties honors the Wright Brothers and features an air show, hot air balloon festival and a blimp meet.

* Tall Ships on July 9-20. This celebration of Lake Erie heritage will link Toledo, Cleveland and smaller ports, and bring to Ohio the largest gathering of Tall Ships since the 1800s.

* A Bicentennial wagon train will roll along U.S. 40 through 10 Ohio counties from Wheeling to the Indiana line from late June to mid-July.

* Capital City celebration in October in Columbus. Plans for this include a downtown concert, parade and block party and serve as a bicentennial “homecoming.”

Smaller projects. The 40 Legacy Grant projects feature topics ranging from Native Americans to the Underground Railroad to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to quilting. They include:

* Ohio’s Immigrant Heritage (Midwest Slavic Conference) $20,000.

* Lorain County Timeline Walkway Exhibit (Lorain County Historical Society) $15,000.

* Wanderings to Ohio’s Natural Wonders – A Trip Planning Guide in Celebration of Ohio’s Bicentennial; 1803-2003 (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) $35,000/

* 200 Years of Religious Experiences in Ohio (Bicentennial Commission Religious Experience Advisory Council) $41,500.

* The Ohio Company: Opening the Door West (Ohio University Telecommunications Center $20,000.

* Ohio Presidential Traveling Exhibit (Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center) $52,000.

* Antique Car Road Rallies (Crawford Auto Aviation Museum) $55,000.

* Ohio’s Historical Markers: A Resource Guide (Ohio Council for the Social Studies/Ohio Historical Society) $55,000.

* Living History Festival at Carillon Historical Park $30,000.

* Ohio Memory (Ohio Historical Society) $50,000.

* Ohio Veterans Plaza Rededication & Medal of Honor Event (Bicentennial Commission Ohio Veterans Advisory Council) $10,000.

* Ohio Bicentennial Fanfare (ProMusica) $30,000.

* 200 Years, 200 Women: Ohio’s First and Finest (Ohioana Library and Bicentennial Commission Ohio Women’s Advisory Council) $55,000.

* Heartland Science Web site (Ohio Academy of Science) $65,000.

* Northwest Territory & Founding of Ohio Mural (Artsbridge, Inc.) $30,000

* African-American Living History Presentations (Bicentennial Commission African-American Advisory Council) $41,835.

* Emancipation Proclamation and Ohio Underground Railroad (Bicentennial Commission Underground Railroad Advisory Council and Westerville Public Library) $42,435.

* Community History Mini Grants (Ohio Humanities Council) $40,000.

* Ohio Chautauqua (Ohio Humanities Council) $25,000.

* 200 Years – 200 Treasures (Lucas County & Maumee Valley Historical Society) $20,000.

* Fallen Timbers: Transforming the American Frontier (Toledo Area Metroparks) $49,460.

* Hang on Sloopy: The Music of Ohio Exhibit (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) $70,000.

* Ohio Literary Homecoming (Ohioana Library Association) $48,500.

* Ohio’s Civil War Border Exhibit (Cincinnati Museum Center) $70,000.

* Ohio and the World Lecture Series (Ohio State University) $35,000.

* Hale Farm and Village’s Underground Railroad Story (Western Reserve Historical Society) $26,198.

* Ohio Canal Exhibit (Kent State University Museum) $20,000.

* Native American Homecoming (Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center) $70,000.

* Bicentennial Vignettes of Hancock County (Hancock Historical Museum) $20,000.

* Johnny Appleseed’s Bicentennial Adventure Tour (Lake County Historical Society) $25,000.

* Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor Local History Week (Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor) $7,400.

* History of Ohio Law (Ohio State University Research Foundation) $5,000.

* Wilberforce’s African American Community Exhibit (National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center/Ohio Historical Society) $31,000.

* 200 Years of Ohio Invention (National Inventors Hall of Fame) $60,000.

* Ohio Quilts!! (Ohio Quilts Advisory Council) $43,000.

* Three Epic Historical Canvasses (Friends of Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Inc.) $40,000.

* Morgan’s Raid Reenactment (Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry) $60,000.

* The State of the Arts: A Celebration of Ohio’s Rich Artistic Heritage, 75 Masterworks by Ohio Artists (1788-2003) (Ohio Arts Council /Ohio Historical Society) $40,000.

* Ohio in 1803 Living History Exhibit (Sauder Village) $30,000.

* The NFL’s Pioneers Exhibit (Pro Football Hall of Fame) $70,000.

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