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Newark senator communicates support of Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in new resolution

On February 23rd, Senator Jay Hottinger of Newark introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 expressing the Ohio General Assembly’s support of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination. Sen. Bob Peterson, whose district includes Ross County, is a co-sponsor. The Resolution has been assigned to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on which Sen. Hottinger serves. Please note that Sen. Shannon Jones who represents Fort Ancient is also on the Committee. Extra special thanks to Bill Weaver and Dick Shiels for encouraging Sen. Hottinger to take this up. We’ll be actively advocating for SCR 16 this Tuesday at the annual Statehood Day event.

Meanwhile, State Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) plans to introduce a concurrent resolution in the House sometime soon.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 can be read here.

We’re back!

If you’ve tried to access our website over the past couple weeks, you probably noticed it was down. We apologize for the brief hiatus but are happy to say that the problem is fixed, and we’re back online and ready to spread the word about Ohio’s important and unique heritage sites.

Over the past month, we’ve also set up active Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please follow us and share with your friends!

Some people have contacted us asking how they can help us get Ohio’s heritage sites inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here is a short list of things you can do to keep this process moving forward:

  • Get involved with our Friends group, which works on fundraising efforts
  • Donate to the cause. A single nomination process can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, when accounting not only for staff fees but also management and protection plans and other necessities, and we have three in Ohio. Contact our Friends group for details on how to donate.
  • Send this letter (or something like it) to the Department of the Interior, encouraging the office to invite formal nominations for World Heritage from the U.S. Tentative List — where our 3 nominations are now
  • Write a letter to your senators and representatives in Congress, asking them to support a Limited Waiver that would resolve the issue of the U.S. not paying dues to UNESCO. For more on this issue, see here.