Ottawa County preps for America’s 250th Anniversary

Apr 2, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Members of the Ottawa County-America 250 Committee met on March 25 to help the county prepare for the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026. Sitting, from left, are Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Director Terri Cassell and Ottawa County Historical Society board member, Linda Huber. Standing, from left, are Perry’s Monument Acting Superintendent, Robert Whitman; Harris Township Trustee D.J. Greenhill; Lakeside Director of Education John Mann; Park District of Ottawa County Executive Director Jannah Wilson; Oak Harbor Mayor Quinton Babcock; Ottawa County Improvement Corporation Manager of Communications & Programs, Jessica Grzechowiak; Shores & Islands Manager of Visitor Experience, Brian Shifflet; and Beacon Editor Sheri Trusty. Not shown are Ottawa County Community Foundation Board President, Deb Harmeyer, and Firelands Forward Interim Director Makenna Laser, who joined the group online.

BY SHERI TRUSTY

On July 4, 2026, America will celebrate its 250th anniversary, and states across the nation are already preparing for a year-long string of events. In Ohio, preparations are being led by the Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquicentennial, also referred to as America 250-OH, and, locally, the Ottawa County Commissioners passed a resolution establishing the Ottawa County-America-250 Committee. The volunteer committee will help guide celebratory events in Ottawa County.

The Ottawa County-America 250 Committee – which is made up of representatives from various businesses, organizations and government entities across the county – held its first meeting on March 25 at Lakeside Chautauqua to adopt a charter and brainstorm about ways the county can celebrate the nation’s 250th anniversary. The committee is cochaired by Linda Huber of the Ottawa County Historical Society, Brian Shifflet of Shores & Islands Ohio, and Jannah Wilson, the executive director of the Park District of Ottawa County.

The purpose of the committee is to engage stakeholders from across the county; inspire individuals, organizations, schools and businesses to participate in the celebration; collaborate with groups on joint projects; and share information with the America-250 Ohio organization.

Locally, the celebrations will be focused on the warmer March through October months in 2026, but celebrations have already begun across the nation and will continue through the end of 2026. Locals are encouraged to create events at any time, and they are welcome to contact the committee for information and guidance.

The committee discussed several possible events, including reenactments, self-guided historical tours and guided field trips and bus tours.

For more information about Ottawa County-America 250, contact Linda Huber at abhawkins57@me.com.

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