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PRESS RELEASE: Licking County Government Participates in Ohio Open Doors

You are invited to a special public event in Downtown Newark on Sunday, September 16th. The Licking County Government, in conjunction with the Ohio History Connection, will open three government buildings to participate in Ohio Open Doors. The open houses fall between 1:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon, with a plaque dedication at each building.

     The series of events begins at 1:15 p.m. with a dedication ceremony at the Historic 1876 Licking County Courthouse. This dedication represents the conclusion of the recent renovation project and re-dedicates the Ohio Historical Marker. After the ceremony, attendees are welcome to a self-guided tour of the Courthouse. The dedication events continue at 2:15 p.m. at the East Main Street Annex/Child Support building, which once housed the Ohio Power Company over half a century ago. Refreshments will be provided as attendees are able to tour the renovated building. Finally, the event will conclude with a dedication of the newly opened Records & Archives Center.  

     Additionally, the Reading Room will be dedicated to Raynola ‘Nola’ Rogers. The public is encouraged to attend and see the completion of three impressive Licking County projects.


About Ohio Open Doors

     The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

     Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.

     The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

     “Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.

     For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit, or contact Sophia McGuire Jewell at or 740-670-5122.