America 250-Ohio:

An ideal opportunity to amplify the stories of Ohio's contributions to the U.S. for the past 250+ years.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.

America 250-Ohio:

An ideal opportunity to amplify the stories of Ohio's contributions to the U.S. for the past 250+ years

About the America 250-Ohio Commission

The Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial (also referred to as America 250-Ohio) was formed through the OH. Rev. Code § 149.309 and announced on March 1, 2022, on Ohio's Statehood Day by Governor Mike DeWine. The 29 member commission is charged with preparing the state to participate in the United States of America's 250th anniversary which culminates on July 4, 2026.

America 250-Ohio is a multi-year commemoration where Ohioans from all 88 counties will be in the spotlight of the impact Ohio’s unique role in our nation’s story.

Ohio and Ohioans have contributed much to the United States from statesmen to artists, from actors to Nobel laureates, and so much more. We will tell the story of Ohio, from the Native Americans who were here before Europeans to people who call Ohio home today. Ohio is a content-rich environment for anyone who wants to commemorate and celebrate Ohio’s contributions to national stories.

Our Charge

“…to plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of Ohioans on the nation’s past, present, and future.” —Ohio Revised Code (149.309)

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Plan

Ohio’s approach to commemorate/celebrate the U.S.A.’s 250th Anniversary in 2026.

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Encourage

All of Ohio’s 88 counties to get involved and create local plans while joining other efforts in the region, across the state and throughout the nation.

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Develop

A public awareness campaign, a collaborative vision, and a strategic approach to creating and implementing local, regional, and statewide plans.

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Coordinate

Opportunities with partners, stakeholders, and others to create a collective approach to expand impact and share resources.

Mission, Vision, and Purpose

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Mission

To plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of Ohioans on the nation’s past, present, and future.

Mission

To plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the two hundred fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of Ohioans on the nation’s past, present, and future.

Vision

To raise awareness, instill pride, and lead the strategic direction to showcase Ohio’s contribution to the nation.

Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Vision

To raise awareness, instill pride, and lead the strategic direction to showcase Ohio’s contribution to the nation.

Rice Family Barn, Wayne County, Ohio, Artist: Scott Hagan, Photo: John Ondo

Purpose

To honor, recognize, celebrate, and highlight Ohio’s indispensable contributions to our nation’s past, present and future.

Purpose

To honor, recognize, celebrate, and highlight Ohio’s indispensable contributions to our nation’s past, present and future.

The word “Ohio” and so many of its local communities have place names reflecting the American Indian tribes with Ohio ties. Native people and their customs have a long history here in Ohio that has shaped who we are.

Commission

Co -Chairs

The Commision

Co-Chairs

Michael B. Coleman

Michael B. Coleman is the former mayor of Columbus, OH and now serves as a partner at Ice Miller LLC.

Douglas J. Preisse

Doug Preisse serves as a principal at Van Meter-Ashbrook & Associates.

Michael B. Coleman

Michael B. Coleman is the former mayor of Columbus, OH and now serves as a partner at Ice Miller LLC.

Douglas J. Preisse

Doug Preisse serves as a principal at Van Meter-Ashbrook & Associates.

Commission Members

Chris Abbuhl, Tuscarawas County Commissioner and President of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio

State Sen. Hearcel Craig, Ohio Senate

Michael B. Coleman, Commission Co-Chair, former Mayor of Columbus, OH and partner at Ice Miller LCC.

Christy Davis, immediate past president of the Ohio Local History Alliance, and curator of exhibitions of the Canton Museum of Art

Kathryn Dean-Dielman, board president of the Lorain County Historical Society

Kelly Falcone-Hall, President & CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society

John Fleming, Ph.D., museum professional

Steve Hambley, Ph.D., Medina county commissioner

Thomas Hankins, Chapter President of the Sons of the American Revolution: Hocking Valley Chapter, and member of the Friends of Fort Laurens

Nancy Putnam Hollister, former governor, lieutenant governor, and legislator

State Rep. Adam Holmes, Ohio House of Representatives

Melinda Huntley, Executive Director of the Ohio Travel Association

Vincent Keeran, Clerk of the Ohio Senate

Chief Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, Supreme Court of Ohio

Megan Kvamme, Muskingum County entrepreneur

State Sen. George Lang, Ohio Senate

Adam Levine, Director of the Toledo Museum of Art

State Rep. Joe Miller, Ohio House of Representatives

Charley Moses, Board President of the Ohio History Connection

Kimberly Murnieks, Director of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management

Paul Oyaski, Co-Chair, former Mayor of Euclid, and former Director of Cuyahoga County’s Department of Development

Elizabeth Pierce, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Museum Center

Doug Preisse, Commission Co-Chair, principal at Van Meter-Ashbrook & Associates.

Sharetta Smith, Mayor of Lima

Ted Strickland, former Governor of Ohio and former member of Congress

Samantha Turner, Youngstown Councilwoman

Ginger Warner, Board Chair of the Ohio Arts Council

Sarah Wickham, director of TourismOhio

Mackensie Wittmer, Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Area

Megan Wood, Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection, Ex-Officio, and Commission Secretary

America 250-Ohio Staff

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Todd Kleismit

Executive Director

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Chris Hurtubise

Communications Director

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Taylor Tomu

Community Outreach
and Engagement Specialist

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Abby Reynolds

Executive Assistant

Quanta Brown

Operations Director

Molly Kreuzman

Ohio Goes to the Movies
Program Director

Leah Bratton

Communications Intern

Opportunities

Watch this space for opportunities to connect with America 250-Ohio in the future.

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