A Columbus Collaboration!
Late this July, a contingent from the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) in Columbus visited Ashtabula, as guests of the Ashtabula Foundation. Hosts Cheryle Chiaramonte, president of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation, and Richard Dana, attorney and adjunct professor at Kent State-Ashtabula, treated their guests to an engaging tour of some of Ashtabula’s historical sites and local landmarks.
The delegation from the Ohio History Connection included Stephanie McManus, Development Officer for Major Gifts, and Patrick Clark, Educational Partnerships Coordinator. They were joined by Liz Beck, Outreach Assistant, and Stacey Halfmoon, Director of American Indian Relations. Both Beck and Halfmoon were on hand to attend the Wine & Walleye Festival as part of the Ohio History Connection’s Dear Ohio Project, the mission of which is to explore each county’s communities and their flagship events.
The delegation visited, among other sites, the Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum, Ashtabula’s Marine & Surface Transportation Museum and the historic Ashtabula Harbor, as well as some of the 19 covered bridges for which Ashtabula is renowned. Historic sites in Conneaut including the United Eastern Lenape Nation’s ninth annual Healing Mother Earth Powwow held at Evergreen Lake Park in Conneaut. A visit with educators from Ashtabula’s school districts were also part of the tour of Ohio’s largest county.
The group from the Ohio History Connection left Ashtabula having been treated with terrific hospitality, and—even though only experiencing a small fraction of what the county holds--with a greater appreciation for a region of the state that is remarkably rich in history, as well as a desire to continue pursuing opportunities for mutual advocacy and collaboration.