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, local history office and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio. For more information on programs and events, visit ohiohistory.org.


Spark discovery of Ohio's stories. Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future.

Core Values

  • Relevance- Addressing and communicating the significance of history with Ohio's diverse people
  • Authenticity- Valuing artifacts and true stories of history
  • Inclusivity- Appealing to all Ohioans, especially underserved audiences
  • Stewardship- Protecting the evidence of Ohio history
  • Working Together- Pursuing teamwork and sharing authority and responsibility

With over 180 staff members, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of partners in historical societies, local history groups and local and state government, we champion all Ohio history, including the more than 50 historic sites and museums in our network throughout Ohio.

From automobiles to wedding gowns, our collections document both the ordinary and extraordinary stories of Ohioans. We collect, preserve, catalog, manage and make available to the public a vast collection of nearly two million objects in our museums across Ohio, and in our flagship museum in the Ohio History Center. Additionally, serving as the State Archives, we allow people to discover the stories of the Ohioans who built our state’s farms, industries, businesses, schools, churches, social organizations, governments and communities.

Connecting people to the stories of Ohio is part of our daily work and it's accomplished in part through educational efforts such as sponsoring Ohio History Day and Ohio As America, an online textbook and curriculum for teaching the history of our state. Overseeing the Historical Markers program and the Local History Office are additional ways we connect people to Ohio history.

We also serve as the State Historic Preservation Office for Ohio. We nominate properties to the National Register of Historic Places, review rehabilitation work to historic buildings for tax credits, review federally assisted projects for effects on historic properties, qualify communities for the Certified Local Government program and provide technical assistance and advice to the public.