Ottawa County Historical Society Receives AM-250 OHIO Award

Jan 30, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

A DAR America-250 Patriots Marker like this one will be placed at the Wolcott Family Cemetery this spring, thanks to a grant obtained by the Ottawa County Historical Society.

In the lead up to America’s 250th anniversary, Ottawa County Historical Society is the recipient of a Trillium Local Activity Grant from the America 250-Ohio Commission for its upcoming project titled, “Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) America-250 Patriots Marker.”

The Ohio Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial (America-250 Ohio) has awarded the Ottawa County Historical Society a grant to help fund a National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) America-250 Patriots Marker. The marker was created to honor the memory of those who served in the American Revolution and raise awareness to present and future generations of the sacrifices made by patriots for their benefit.

“The Society is thrilled to receive this America-250 Ohio award,” said Linda Huber, Historical Society Trustee. “Benajah Wolcott was born in New Haven, Connecticut, enlisted in 1776 and served for a little over six years. After the war, he was part of the team that surveyed the western lands of the Connecticut Western Reserve known as the ‘Fire Lands.’ He loved the area so much he permanently settled here, and in addition to being a farmer, he was appointed in 1822 by President James Monroe as first keeper of the Marblehead Ohio Lighthouse.”

The Patriots marker is sponsored by the DAR-Norwalk Sally De Forest Chapter.

“We are pleased to be part of the tribute to an important early pioneer of the area,” said DAR-Norwalk Chapter Regent Connie Beebe.

At present, there are only three Patriot markers in the State of Ohio and Wolcott’s will be the first in Ottawa County. DAR hopes to create a coast-to-coast network of markers with at least one marker in every state in advance of America’s 250th anniversary. A marker dedication ceremony is tentatively planned for spring 2025 at the Wolcott Family Cemetery located near the Wolcott Keeper’s House on the Marblehead Peninsula.

“The America 250-Ohio Commission congratulates the Ottawa County Historical Society on this grant award. Their efforts in educating the public and honoring Ohio’s illustrious history are deeply appreciated,” said Doug Preisse, co-chair of the America 250-Ohio Commission. “As we near America’s 250th anniversary, these projects will play an essential role in elevating our state’s history and bolstering our communities’ efforts to execute impactful initiatives during such a monumental celebration.”

Ottawa County Historical Society was one of the 23 recipients chosen from the more than 70 statewide applications during the grant program’s fall 2023 funding cycle. The America 250-Ohio Commission grants program will work with Ohio Humanities to distribute $1 million in grants by June 30, 2024, and it is designed to showcase the achievements, struggles, honors, innovations and significance of all people in Ohio since before its founding to the present day.

Themes identified for Ohio’s commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary programming include:

  • Celebrations and Signature Events: Impacting tourism and economic development
  • Ohio Originals: Highlighting points of pride and unity
  • Engaging Youth and Lifelong Learners: Education and scholarship
  • Inclusive Statewide Engagement: Museums, arts and culture

For more information on the Ottawa County Historical Society, visit www.ottawacountyhistory.org. To learn more about the America 250-Ohio Commission’s grants program, visit www.America250-Ohio.org/grants/.

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