Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks: Ohio’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site

Apr 16, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The Ottawa County Historical Society spring luncheon meeting of the membership will be held on Sunday, April 28 at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge, 231 Buckeye Blvd. Featured speaker is Jennifer Aultman, Chief Historic Sites Officer with the Ohio History Connection speaking on the topic of UNESCO’s World Heritage recognition of Ohio’s Native American Earthworks. The public is welcome to attend.

Two thousand years ago, Native Americans in the Ohio River Valley gathered together to build the largest concentration of geometric earthworks in the world. These places of gathering and ceremony drew people from across North America to connect with each other, the earth and the cosmos in intimate and interdependent relationships.

For the past twenty years, the Ohio History Connection, tribes with historic ties to Ohio, the National Park Service and other passionate advocates joined in an effort to recognize the remarkable achievements of these ancestors.

Together, they proposed eight of the largest and best-preserved Ohio earthworks for UNESCO World Heritage inscription, the world’s highest honor for cultural sites. The nomination was submitted, reviewed and voted on in September 2023.

Doors open for the spring luncheon at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. Luncheon cost is $25 per person. Make checks payable to the Ottawa County Historical Society and mail to OCHS, P.O. Box 385, Port Clinton, OH, 43452 by April 25. If coming to hear the speaker only, talk begins at 12:45 p.m.

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