Statehouse Event Celebrates Our Region
This place matters! For the third year in a row, members of the Ohio Legislature joined with state. regional and local leaders to hear “Appalachian Success Stories” at a luncheon at the Ohio State House on Wednesday, September 18. Due to the event’s success during the prior two years, it was moved to the spacious Atrium area of the Statehouse, allowing for over 100 persons to attend. State Senator Tim Shaffer hosts the event that has been organized by a partnership between your Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area Board and Heritage Ohio. The event highlighted the continued success of creative entities in the hills of Ohio that celebrate Appalachia’s culture, nature, and heritage . This year’s event featured brief success story presentations from the following: RALPH ALEXANDER – John T. Wilson House, Adams County; MISTY CASTO – Buckeye Hills Regional Development, Reno; GRACE CORBIN – Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina, Athens; JEAN G. FARMER – Marietta Main Street, Marietta; DAVID FEY – Rock Mill, Fairfield County Parks, Fairfield County; JACOB MASTERS – Dennison Depot, Dennison; JOHN MCGAUGHEY – Perry County Archeology, Somerset; DAVID MERTZ – Building Preservation Program, Belmont Technical College, St. Clairsville; MICHELLE SHIVLEY – Sunday Creek Watershed-Rural Action, Trimble; WARREN TREFZ – Glass reFactory, Georgetown; and JOEL YEAGER – Rendville Artworks, Rendville. Prior to the luncheon there was a VIP Insider Statehouse Tour led by Historic Preservation Consultant Nancy Recchie. A small exhibition area was featured as well, where contemporary music from the region was provided by Adam Remnant. This event was made possible by the generous support of Foundation for Appalachia Ohio and The Governor’s Office of Appalachia. Watch Video of Appalachian Heritage Luncheon @ Statehouse Here!
Tourism Initiative Launches in Southeast Counties
Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area board and Melinda Huntley, Director of the Ohio Tourism Association met with over 30 civic and tourism leaders on Wednesday, May 29th at the newly reopened Burr Oak Lodge near Glouster to take the next steps in our organization’s Collaborative Tourism Initiative. This initiative aims to bring partners together to creatively develop unique tourism experiences that attract newmarkets to experience our region’s authentic historic, cultural and natural environment assets. We have chosen the Hocking River and Muskingum River Watersheds of southeastern Ohio as the target for this initiative (Fairfield, Hocking, Vinton, Athens, Meigs, Perry, Muskingum, Morgan and Washington Counties).
Audio Documentary Features Provocative Story
Black As I Wish To Be Tells Story of Pike County’s East Jackson
Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area recently completed a collaboration with documentarian Lu Olkowski who produced Black As I Wish To Be– a public radio documentary on an intriguing story about race in Appalachian Ohio, gathered in the Pike County community of East Jackson. The documentary was made for State of the Reunion, a public radio series aired locally on WOUB-FM. Thanks to the Ohio Humanities Council for their support of Ohio Hill Country and Ms. Olkowski in completing this excellent work. Listen to the documentary here.