Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2016 in the United States/Ohio
Welcome to the guide for Ohioans (and visitors of Ohio) participating in Wiki Loves Monuments 2016 in the United States. See the national event page for more information!
Ohio is home to a rich cultural history. From Native American sites to the birthplace of flight to the sites reflecting the industrious boom along the Cuyahoga River, Ohio's history is illustrated through many preserved historic sites and districts. Our goal with this project is to help document these sites through photographs. As a side-bonus to this project, we will also be working to improve Wikipedia's coverage of historic sites in Ohio.
- 1 Sites to photograph
- 2 Guides by area
Sites to photograph
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the federal government's official list of historic places that are deemed worthy of presentation. Wikipedia has all of Ohio's NRHP listings sorted by county, of which there are over 3,800 across Ohio's 88 counties. A very good chunk of these are already photographed - but some are still missing, and some can use better photos or photos taken from new angles.
National Historic Landmarks in Ohio
The United States National Historic Landmark lists 72 sites across 35 of Ohio's 88 counties. Explore and document the National Historic Landmarks in Ohio near you.
Ohio History Connection sites
The Ohio History Connection is a non-profit organization that aims "to promote a knowledge of archaeology and history, especially in Ohio." The organization maintains Ohio's Historical Markers, which mark over 1,500 historical locations as chosen and sponsored by the community. See Remarkable Ohio for a full directory of all Historical Marker locations, and our own list of all Remarkable Ohio sites.
Ohio History Connection also maintains its own list of over 50 museums and sites.
From September 9 - 18, the Ohio History Connection is also giving free tours of over 125 historical sites across Ohio. This is a great opportunity for both photography and learning more about Ohio's sites. Ohio Open Doors event page for more details.
Civil War monuments in Ohio
Local historic sites and districts
In addition to districts denoted by the federal government, many localities in Ohio maintain their own historic sites, landmarks, and districts that aren't designated by the NRHP. Explore whether any local cities by you have their own historic designations separate from the NRHP, and communicate with your local historic societies!
Guides by area
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wikipedia
- Map of Museums and Historic Sites, provided by MHS
Cleveland / Akron area
- Designated Cleveland Landmarks and Historic Districts - This site lists all NRHP sites in Cleveland, as well as sites designated as local Cleveland Landmarks.
- Designated Cleveland Heights Landmarks
- Cleveland Metroparks Reservations
- Cleveland Metroparks Nature/Visitor Centers
- Historic Places in Bedford, provided by Bedford Historical Society
- List and map of historical sites in Hudson, provided by Hudson Library and Historical Society
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Ohio's only national park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is home to all sorts of sites of historical significance.
- Tow Path Trailheads, a list of trailheads along the Ohio and Erie Canal, many of which lack photos.
- Points of historic interest, a list of sites in the park (both NRHP-listed and not) of historic interest. Many of these also lack photos.
Ohio State University
- Hidden Gems on Campus, a list of spots on Ohio State University's campus, many of which are of historical value.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Dayton, Ohio on Wikipedia
- Dayton Historic Districts - This site lists all the NRHP sites in Dayton.