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Preserving Ohio’s treasured places

Last month, Preservation Ohio released its list of the sites to be added to the state’s most endangered historic locations.

Included on the list were the Price House in Jackson, the Keyser-Swain House in Cuyahoga Falls, the Henry County Cultural Center in Napoleon, the Historic Ford Building in Middleport, the CSX/CH&D Depot in Hamilton, Hessler Road Historic District in Cleveland, Hudson High School in Hudson, Loveland Predestinarian Church in Loveland, Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum in Shelby, Macedonia Church in Macedonia and the Nativity Church and School in Cleveland.

It is quite a list, and one that demonstrates the wide range of places that are emblematic of the state’s rich history. It is also a list drawn from the largest batch of nominations Preservation Ohio has ever received.

That “confirms both that much of our state’s historic properties remain at risk,” the group said.

Yes, it is fantastic to see some long-forgotten sites get a little recognition. Perhaps that will spark a movement to do something that actually saves the site and continues historic education in those communities.

Perhaps it won’t. The key is not being placed on a list that raises awareness, the key is doing something with that awareness. It still takes money and a willingness to commit a lot of time and work if these pieces of Ohio history are to be saved. It still takes someone — or some group — to step up.

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