Ohio National Guard earns Ohio History Connection’s Preservation Merit Award
Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (10/19/19)
Historic renovations to the Hough Auditorium at Camp Perry Joint Training Center in Port Clinton, Ohio have led to the Ohio National Guard being recognized with a Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio History Connection.
A $1.6 million federally-funded renovation project completed last year upgraded the interior of the theatre, including new seating, restrooms and lighting. The 1,000-seat facility was built in 1938 and has hosted many dignitaries during its 81-year history, including comedian Bob Hope.
The award was one of seven presented at the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office Awards on Saturday, Oct. 19. Each year, the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in two categories: Public Education and Awareness, and Preservation Merit.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Ohio History Connection,” said Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general. “The renovations at Hough Auditorium are a testament to preserving the building’s historic features while making much needed modern-day improvements. It is my hope this auditorium continues to inspire Ohioans for years into the future.”
The Preservation Merit Award is presented for preserving Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture or culture. This includes restoring, rehabilitating or otherwise preserving an important building or site; longtime stewardship of a property; promoting protective legislation; funding preservation projects; offering leadership, support or service; and furthering preservation at the local, regional or state level.
“These awards showcase the strong achievement in historic preservation across the state of Ohio,” said Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. “Preservation fosters vibrant communities, drives local economies and inspires pride in our heritage.”
Camp Perry, located in Ottawa County along Lake Erie, opened in 1907 as a state rifle range and camp. Today, it serves as an Ohio National Guard training facility, and also has public lodging and banquet facilities.
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.