Press Release: Swanton Historical Society – 9/8/22

Swanton Ohio Historical Society Participates in Ohio Open Doors

Swanton, Ohio:  Swanton Ohio Historical Society will take part in Ohio Open Doors Sept. 9–18.

Discover Ohio’s amazing heritage Fri., Sept. 9 through Sun., Sept. 18, as historic buildings and landmarks across our state open their doors virtually for online tours and events during the statewide Ohio History Connection event Ohio Open Doors. Explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage.

All Ohio Open Doors events are free and available online.

This year, Ohio’s historic places will share their stories virtually, with a full listing of events and activities available at ohiohistory.org/opendoors. In addition, the state history organization is placing a special spotlight on historic theaters and opera houses across Ohio. With closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, these important places in our communities need support more than ever.

“Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured places,” says Amanda Schraner Terrell, Director of the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. “Our theaters and opera houses are tremendously significant to our shared history. We’re using this event to highlight their impact in our communities and to encourage support for them during this difficult time.”

On Thursday, September 15, 2022 7pm at Benfield Wines the Swanton Ohio Historical Society will give a presentation on the Yellowstone Trail, one of the first automobile interstate routes that ran through northern Ohio, and specifically, Swanton.

Then, on Friday, September 16, 2022 10am-7pm, an 11 building self-guided tour will be available to the public! Start at the Swanton Public Library and pick up a brochure, then go site to site in Swanton on your own. Enjoy a picture collage at each site and watch a video of the history of each building right in the palm of your hand on your smart phone! Some buildings you’ll be able to walk in to and tour, including the Pilliod Opera House (Benfield Wines). Hungry while touring? Enjoy Yamilet Food Truck will be parked outside the Opera House from 12pm-7pm.

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. This year Ohio Open Doors is co-sponsored by TourismOhio, the Ohio Travel Association, Ohio Arts Council and Heritage Ohio.

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are on the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit ohiohistory.org/opendoors, the Swanton Ohio Historical Society Facebook page or email swantonohhistory@gmail.com.

About the Ohio History Connection

The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, and local history office and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio. For more information, visit ohiohistory.org.

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