The Ohio Historical Society and a consortium of other history-related organizations presented State Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) with its first-ever Ohio History Leadership Award at the annual Statehood Day advocacy event on Thursday, February 27 at the Ohio Statehouse.
The Ohio History Leadership Award is intended to recognize annually at each Statehood Day event a member of the Ohio General Assembly who has distinguished him/herself in their public service by being an outspoken advocate for the promotion of Ohio history.
Senator Gardner was the legislative sponsor in 2011 for the new Ohio Historical Society tax check-off that now appears on the state income tax forms. Ohioans receiving a refund on their state income taxes now have the option of donating a portion of their refund to the Ohio Historical Society. The Society then uses those donations as grants for local history-related projects through its History Fund grants program. More than $100,000 in grants was awarded to 10 organizations at the Feb. 27 Statehood Day event.
“Senator Gardner is a former history and government teacher before he came to the Ohio General Assembly,” said Burt Logan, Ohio Historical Society executive director and CEO. “He has been a strong advocate for so many years promoting Ohio history, heritage tourism and educational issues to the benefit of Ohio. This award is a small token of our thanks to him for his leadership on these and other issues.”
Senator Gardner told the audience of approximately 200 people at the event that he was honored to receive the award and he thanked the directors, board members and volunteers at the local level that “really make a difference” in promoting and preserving Ohio history.