Ohio History Connection
Part of a Network of Sites
Fort Meigs is locally managed by the Fort Meigs Association but it
is also part of a wide network of sites across the state that make up the
Ohio History Connection.
The Ohio History Connection exists to help people connect with Ohio's past in order to understand the present and create a better future.
In 1885 a group of Ohioans established the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, proclaiming
in its charter the goal of preserving aspects of the state's past. They were concerned that, without a statewide
organization dedicated to the preservation of Ohio's history, much of the physical evidence of Ohio's past would
be, at best, preserved by museums and libraries outside the state, or at worst, lost entirely.
Today, the Ohio History Connection conducts an expanded range of activities related to interpreting,
collecting and preserving the state's heritage. In the last century, the organization has collected approximately
2 million items pertaining to Ohio's history, archaeology, and natural history. One of the largest state
historical organizations in the country, the OHC now has membership of over 7,600.
A private, not-for-profit organization, the Ohio History Connection serves as the state's agent in historical matters in
return for financial subsidy support that constitutes two-thirds of the OHC operating budget. By statute,
the State contracts with the Ohio History Connection to provide a variety of history-related services to the State including
managing state archives, administering the state's historic preservation office, assisting the efforts of local
historical associations, providing history services to the state's schools, and operating a network of over
fifty historic sites and museums.