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Posted on February 25, 2021 at 5:19 PM by Melissa Dalton
Did you know that Monday, March 1, 2021 will mark the 218th anniversary of Ohio gaining statehood? As such, we’d like to share a brief history of Ohio, and also provide you information about the annual Ohio Statehood Day event (which will look a bit different this year).
State Flag of Ohio
After the Revolutionary War, the Land Ordinance of 1785 was established to survey and divide land in what was referred to as Ohio Country (composed of modern-day Ohio, eastern Indiana, western Pennsylvania, and northwestern West Virginia). In 1787, the Confederation Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, creating the Northwest Territory, which created a pathway for the creation of three to five states (now what are Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and part of Minnesota). In 1803, Ohio was the first state to be carved out of the Northwest Territory, becoming the 17th state within the United States of America.
Every year, we join other history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to advocate the importance of Ohio’s history. This is an opportunity to stress to our state legislators that the work of our historical and cultural institutions must be a priority, and that we need to continue to support and provide access to our incredible resources.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, we will join our fellow history advocates to commemorate the birthday of Ohio! However, due to the pandemic, instead of meeting at the Ohio Statehouse, the event will be virtual. Typically, there is a fee to attend, but this year it is free, but advanced registration is required.
2020 Ohio Statehood Day program
The theme and panel discussion for this year is “The Power of History During Historic Times” (definitely fitting considering our current situation). The panelists are:
2020 Ohio Statehood Day Panelists
Each year, the committee also puts together a list of Legislative Priorities to discuss with the state representatives. This year, those priorities include:
This is a great event every year, so if you will have some time on Monday, go ahead and register! Also, if you are as passionate about Ohio history as we are, we encourage you to contact your representatives in support of your Ohio history institutions!
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