Until recently nearly half of the OHCHA Governing Board has been with the organization since its formative years, bringing veteran wisdom to the table, but a yearning for new ideas from the Millennial generation. Worry, no longer! Three new talented board members have joined the effort since December, growing our governing body to 10 members, its largest size in over a decade.
They are Diana Marvel, who is the Assistant Director of the Center for Campus and Community Engagement at Ohio University. Marvel came to the region from Seattle as a graduate student and fell in love with the landscape and culture here and is a now an active citizen, involved in a variety of community activities in the Athens area.
She is joined by Alicia Caton of Shawnee, who actually lives in an apartment above OHCHA headquarters in the Historic District. Alicia is a native of Lancaster, served as an Americorps member with OHCHA during the 2015-16 term, an avid backpacker and is employed as an Events Planner with The Inn at Cedar Falls in the Hocking Hills.
Meigs County native and film documentarian Evan Shaw rounds out the list of newcomers. Shaw has created four documentaries on southeastern Ohio communities for WOUB Public Media at Ohio University and is an avid historian. His filmmaking talents have also landed him with a steady second job with NFL Films, taking him around the country to professional football venues each weekend throughout the season! We welcome these newcomers ranging in age from their late 20’s to late 30’s to our organization. We fell younger already!
Authentic local foods and spirits are a growing element of our region’s authentic culture. The Local Foods Sector is one of six sectors* being promoted via OHCHA’s sector development work with the The Winding Road: Ohio’s Rising Appalachia Initiative which promotes experiential tourism development around unique assets in the Hocking and Muskingum River Valleys of southeastern Ohio. Stakeholders in the Local Foods Sector will gather at Ohio Hill Country Headquarters in Shawnee on Thursday afternoon, March 7th from 3-5pm for a Sector Meetup! to discuss how they might collaborate with one another to create tourism products, build a supportive community and market their goods and experiences. The conversational style gathering will provide opportunities for foodie folks from Athens to Zanesville and beyond to get know one another and make plans for the future. Farmers and other food producers, restaurant owners, food entrepreneurs, policy makers and food vendors are encouraged to attend. Persons wishing to attend the
Meetup! are asked to RSVP by dropping a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 740-394-2852. There is no charge for the event. Locally produced snacks and legal beverages will be served.
*Heritage, Local Foods, Outdoor Recreation/Environmental Learning, The Arts, Education & Youth, Tourism Related Businesses.
Pictured Above: Local Food Producers Pork & Pickles at the Athens Farmers Market, Summe 2016
Over 100 citizens and Appalachian Ohio legislators gathered in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in December for the 6th Annual Appalachian Heritage Luncheon sponsored by Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area and Heritage Ohio. After being addressed by OHCHA President Tom O’Grady on the importance of protecting and developing the region’s authentic assets, OHCHA board member and Heritage Ohio Director Joyce Barrett conducted the awards ceremony. Legislators introduced eleven “Appalachian Success Stories” from their district which were then shared by award recipients from businesses, organizations, historic and natural sites and local governments from around the region. This event is a highlight of OHCHA’s year, and is consistent with our mission to “value the regions historical, natural, and cultural assets.”
This year’s recipients were:
National Museum of Cambridge Glass (Guernsey County)
Edge of Appalachia (Adams County)
Nelson T Gant House (Muskingum County)
Trumpet in the Land (Tuscarawas County)
Yearly Quaker Meeting House (Jefferson County)
McArthur Spring Literary Festival (Vinton County)
Historic Roscoe Village (Coshocton County)
Buckeye Trail Association
(Perry County Headquarters/Trail Passes through Multiple Counties)
Fly Ferry (Monroe County)
Village Bakery (Athens County)
Sewah Studios (Washington County)