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The following is Section 149.30 of the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to the Ohio Historical Society.

149.30

149.30. Performance of public functions by the Ohio Historical Society.

The Ohio historical society, chartered by this state as a corporation not for profit to promote a knowledge of history and archaeology, especially of Ohio, and operated continuously in the public interest since 1885, may perform public functions as prescribed by law.

The general assembly may appropriate money to the Ohio historical society each biennium to carry out the public functions of the society as enumerated in this section. An appropriation by the general assembly to the society constitutes an offer to contract with the society to carry out those public functions for which appropriations are made. An acceptance by the society of the appropriated funds constitutes an acceptance by the society of the offer and is considered an agreement by the society to perform those functions in accordance with the terms of the appropriation and the law and to expend the funds only for the purposes for which appropriated. The governor may request on behalf of the society, and the controlling board may release, additional funds to the society for survey, salvage, repair, or rehabilitation of an emergency nature for which funds have not been appropriated, and acceptance by the society of those funds constitutes an agreement on the part of the society to expend those funds only for the purpose for which released by the controlling board.

The society shall faithfully expend and apply all moneys received from the state to the uses and purposes directed by law and for necessary administrative expenses. The society shall perform the public function of sending notice by certified mail to the owner of any property at the time it is listed on the national register of historic places. The society shall accurately record all expenditures of such funds in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.

The auditor of state shall audit all funds and fiscal records of the society.

The public functions to be performed by the Ohio historical society shall include all of the following:

  1. Creating, supervising, operating, protecting, maintaining, and promoting for public use a system of state memorials, titles to which may reside wholly or in part with this state or wholly or in part with the society as provided in and in conformity to appropriate acts and resolves of the general assembly, and leasing for renewable periods of two years or less, with the advice and consent of the attorney general and the director of administrative services, lands and buildings owned by the state which are in the care, custody, and control of the society, all of which shall be maintained and kept for public use at reasonable hours;

  2. Making alterations and improvements, marking, and constructing, reconstructing, protecting, or restoring structures, earthworks, and monuments in its care, and equipping such facilities with appropriate educational maintenance facilities;

  3. Serving as the archives administration for the state and its political subdivisions as provided in sections 149.31 of the Revised Code;

  4. Administering a state historical museum, to be the headquarters of the society and its principal museum and library, which shall be maintained and kept for public use at reasonable hours;

  5. Establishing a marking system to identify all designated historic and archaeological sites within the state and marking or causing to be marked historic sites and communities considered by the society to be historically or archaeologically significant;

  6. Publishing books, pamphlets, periodicals, and other publications about history, archaeology, and natural science and offering one copy of each regular periodical issue to all public libraries in this state at a reasonable price, which shall not exceed one hundred ten per cent more than the total cost of publication;

  7. Engaging in research in history, archaeology, and natural science and providing historical information upon request to all state agencies;

  8. Collecting, preserving, and making available by all appropriate means and under approved safeguards all manuscript, print, or near-print library collections and all historical objects, specimens, and artifacts which pertain to the history of Ohio and its people, including the following original documents: Ohio Constitution of 1802; Ohio Constitution of 1851; proposed Ohio Constitution of 1875; design and the letters of patent and assignment of patent for the state flag; S.J.R. 13 (1873); S.J.R. 53 (1875); S.J.R. 72 (1875); S.J.R. 50 (1883); H.J.R. 73 (1883); S.J.R. 28 (1885); H.J.R. 67 (1885); S.J.R. 17 (1902); S.J.R. 28 (1902); H.J.R. 39 (1902); S.J.R. 23 (1903); H.J.R. 19 (1904); S.J.R. 16 (1905); H.J.R. 41 (1913); H.J.R. 34 (1917); petition form (2) (1918); S.J.R. 6 (1921); H.J.R. 5 (1923); H.J.R. 40 (1923); H.J.R. 8 (1929); H.J.R. 20 (1929); S.J.R. 4 (1933); petition form (2) (1933); S.J.R. 57 (1936); petition form (1936); H.J.R. 14 (1942); H.J.R. 15 (1944); H.J.R. 8 (1944); S.J.R. 6 (1947); petition form (1947); H.J.R. 24 (1947); and H.J.R. 48 (1947);

  9. Encouraging and promoting the organization and development of county and local historical societies;

  10. Providing to Ohio schools such materials as the society may prepare to facilitate the instruction of Ohio history at a reasonable price, which shall not exceed one hundred ten per cent more than the total cost of preparation and delivery;

  11. Providing advisory and technical assistance to local societies for the preservation and restoration of historic and archaeological sites;

  12. Devising uniform criteria for the designation of historic and archaeological sites throughout the state and advising local historical societies of the criteria and their application;

  13. Taking inventory, in cooperation with the Ohio arts council, the Ohio archaeological council, and the archaeological society of Ohio, of significant designated and undesignated state and local sites and keeping an active registry of all designated sites within the state;

  14. Contracting with the owners or persons having an interest in designated historic or archaeological sites or property adjacent or contiguous to those sites, or acquiring, by purchase, gift, or devise, easements in those sites or in property adjacent or contiguous to those sites, in order to control or restrict the use of those historic or archaeological sites or adjacent or contiguous property for the purpose of restoring or preserving the historical or archaeological significance or educational value of those sites;

  15. Constructing a monument honoring Governor James A. Rhodes, which shall stand on the northeast quadrant of the grounds surrounding the capitol building. The monument shall be constructed with private funds donated to the Ohio historical society and designated for this purpose. No public funds shall be expended to construct this monument. The department of administrative services shall cooperate with the Ohio historical society in carrying out this function and shall maintain the monument in a manner compatible with the grounds of the capitol building.

  16. Commissioning a portrait of each departing governor, which shall be displayed in the capitol building. The Ohio historical society may accept private contributions designated for this purpose and, at the discretion of its board of trustees, also may apply for the same purpose funds appropriated by the general assembly to the society pursuant to this section.

  17. Planning and developing a center at the capitol building for the purpose of educating visitors about the history of Ohio, including its political, economic, and social development and the design and erection of the capitol building and its grounds. The Ohio historical society may accept contributions of private moneys and in-kind services designated for this purpose and may, at the discretion of its board of trustees, also apply, for the same purpose, personnel and other resources paid in whole or in part by its state subsidy.

  18. Submitting an annual report of its activities, programs, and operations to the governor within two months after the close of each fiscal year of the state.

    The society shall not sell, mortgage, transfer, or dispose of historical or archaeological sites to which it has title and in which the state has monetary interest except by action of the general assembly.

In consideration of the public functions performed by the Ohio historical society for the state, employees of the society shall be considered public employees within the meaning of Section 145.01 of the Revised Code.

HISTORY: 127 v 417 (Eff 9-17-57); 132 v S 122 (Eff 11-24-67); 135 v S 189 (Eff 10-16-73); 135 v S 174 (Eff 12-4-73); 136 v H 1 (Eff 6-13-75); 136 v H 155 (Eff 6-29-75); 136 v H 418 (Eff 8-24-76); 138 v H 204 (Eff 7-30-79); 139 v H 530 (Eff 5-28-82); 141 v H 201 (Eff 7-1-85); 143 v H 669 (Eff 1-10-91); 148 v H 283. Eff 9-29-99; 150 v H 95, 1, eff. 6-26-03.


149.31. Archives administration.

  1. The Ohio historical society, in addition to its other functions, shall function as the state archives administration for the state and its political subdivisions.

    • It shall be the function of the state archives to preserve government archives, documents, and records of historical value that may come into its possession from public or private sources.

    • The archives administration shall evaluate, preserve, arrange, service repair, or make other disposition, such as transfer to public libraries, county historical societies, state universities, or other public or quasi-public institutions, agencies, or corporations, of those public records of the state and its political subdivisions that may come into its possession under this section. Such public records shall be transferred by written agreement only, and only to public or quasi-public institutions, agencies, or corporations capable of meeting accepted archival standards for housing and use.

    • The archives administration shall be headed by a trained archivist designated by the Ohio historical society, and shall make its services available to county, city, township, and school district records commissions upon request. The archivist shall be designated as the "state archivist."

  2. The archives administration may purchase or procure for itself, or authorize the board of trustees of an archival institution to purchase or procure from an insurance company licensed to do business in this state policies of insurance insuring the administration or the members of the board and their officers, employees, and agents against liability on account of damage or injury to persons and property resulting from any act or omission of the board members, officers, employees, and agents in their official capacity.

  3. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code to the contrary, the archives administration may establish a fee schedule, which may include the cost of labor, for researching, retrieving, copying, and mailing copies of public records in the state archives. Revisions to the fee schedule shall be subject to approval by the board of trustees of the Ohio historical society.

HISTORY: GC 1465-114; 121 v 268; Bureau of Code Revision, 10-1-53; 128 v 1021 (Eff 10-19-59); 137 v H 403 (Eff 7-4-78); 138 v H 466 (Eff 8-8-80); 141 v H 238. Eff 7-1-85; 150 v H 95, 1, eff. 6-26-03.


149.301. Ohio historic site preservation advisory board.

  1. There is hereby created the Ohio historic site preservation advisory board, to consist of seventeen members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Terms of office shall be for three years, commencing on the fifteenth day of January and ending on the fourteenth day of January. Each member shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Vacancies shall be filled by appointments by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

  2. The members of the advisory board shall include, but shall not be limited to, at least one individual chosen from each of the following groups:
    1. Historians;
    2. Archaeologists;
    3. Architectural historians;
    4. Architects;
    5. Historical architects;
    6. American Indians.

  3. The advisory board may include, but shall not be limited to, individuals chosen from the following organizations and fields:
    1. Professional planners;
    2. Recreation and resources council;
    3. Ohio travel council;
    4. Department of administrative services;
    5. Ohio arts council;
    6. Ohio archaeological council;
    7. Patriotic and veterans' organizations;
    8. Local historical societies;
    9. Department of natural resources;
    10. Professional engineers;
    11. Attorneys at law.

    The advisory board shall assist the Ohio historical society in the society's site preservation program, suggest legislation necessary to the society's preservation program including the location, designation, restoration, preservation, and maintenance of state historic and archaeological sites and artifacts, and shall encourage the designation of suitable sites on the national register of historic places and under related federal programs. The advisory board shall provide general advice, guidance, and professional recommendations to the state historic preservation officer in conducting the comprehensive statewide survey, preparing the state historic preservation plan, and carrying out the other duties and responsibilities of the state historic preservation office. Members of the advisory board shall serve without compensation.

    A majority of the members of the advisory board shall be recognized professionals in the disciplines of history, archaeology, architectural history, architecture, and historical architecture.

HISTORY: 132 v S 122 (Eff 11-24-67); 133 v H 1 (Eff 3-18-69); 134 v S 485 (Eff 10-18-72); 135 v S 131 (Eff 8-21-73); 135 v S 174 (Eff 12-4-73); 136 v H 1 (Eff 6-13-75); 136 v H 418 (Eff 8-24-76); 137 v S 476 (Eff 12-14-78); 139 v H 536 (Eff 8-12-82); 144 v S 331 (Eff 11-13-92); 146 v H 670. Eff 12-2-96.


149.302. National museum of Afro-American history and culture

  1. The Ohio historical society, in addition to its other functions, shall establish a museum in the vicinity of Wilberforce to be known as the national museum of Afro-American history and culture. For this purpose the society may accept donations of money, property, and personal services, apply for and receive federal assistance, acquire real property or any estate, right, or interest therein, construct buildings, access roads, parking areas, and other appropriate facilities for museum visitors, and exercise any powers incidental to such purpose. The society shall establish the museum in consultation with the national museum of Afro-American history and culture planning committee established in Section 149.303 of the Revised Code. The society shall consult with the committee before selecting a museum site and before acquiring or accepting any real property for such purpose. It shall consult with the committee on the design, plans, and specifications for the construction or modification of any buildings and other museum visitation facilities. The society, in cooperation and consultation with the committee, shall establish an acquisition policy for the museum.

    Donations of money received under this section shall be placed in a separate fund within the accounts of the Ohio historical society to be used solely for the necessary expenses of the society incurred in the performance of its duties under this section.

  2. After the Ohio historical society establishes the national museum of Afro-American history and culture, the society shall convey title to the museum and its contents to a private, nonprofit organization which shall operate and maintain the museum. The society shall determine the conditions of the conveyance, and the conveyance and the conditions of the conveyance are subject to approval by the national museum of Afro-American history and culture planning committee. The society shall operate and maintain the museum until the museum and its contents are conveyed as provided in this section. Any historical items or artifacts donated to the society, or to the private, nonprofit organization to which the society has conveyed the museum and its contents, for placement in the museum, shall remain at the museum as part of its permanent collection. The organization to which the society has conveyed the museum and its contents shall consult with the committee concerning the operation and maintenance of the museum.

  3. Any instrument by which real property is acquired pursuant to this section shall identify the agency of the state that has the use and benefit of the real property as specified in Section 5301.012 of the Revised Code.

HISTORY: 134 v H 658 (Eff 9-29-72); 140 v H 225 (Eff 10-6-83); 146 v H 670 (Eff 12-2-96); 148 v H 19. Eff 10-26-99.


149.303. Planning committee.

    1. There is hereby created the national museum of Afro-American history and culture planning committee to advise the Ohio historical society in the performance of its duties pursuant to Section 149.302 of the Revised Code. The committee shall consist of sixteen voting members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, and the nonvoting members appointed under division (A)(2) of this section. Each of the following organizations shall submit to the governor a list of three nominees, and the governor shall appoint one member from each such list:
      1. Association for the study of Afro-American life and history;
      2. Central state university;
      3. Congressional black caucus;
      4. Greene county historical society;
      5. National association for the advancement of colored people;
      6. National council of Negro women;
      7. National newspaper publishers association;
      8. National urban league;
      9. Ohio historical society;
      10. Organization of American historians;
      11. Society of American archivists;
      12. Wilberforce university.

      The governor shall appoint the remaining four voting members from the public at large.

      As the term of a member appointed from a list of nominees submitted by an organization under divisions (A)(1)(a) to (l) of this section expires, the governor shall make an appointment from a list of nominations submitted by the same organization that submitted the nominations from which the outgoing member was appointed.

    2. One member of the house of representatives designated by the speaker of the house of representatives and one member of the senate designated by the president of the senate shall serve as nonvoting members of the committee.

    3. As the term of a member expires, the member's successor shall be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Such terms shall be for four years, commencing on the first day of February and ending on the thirty-first day of January. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. In the event of the death, removal, resignation, or incapacity of a member, the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint a successor in the same manner specified in this section for the appointment of members to full terms. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the end of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. The governor may remove any appointed member for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.

    1. From its membership, the committee shall select a chairperson and vice-chairperson. All members of the committee shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. The expenses of the committee shall be paid out of the appropriated subsidy to the Ohio historical society.

    2. The committee shall hold at least one regular meeting in each quarter of each calendar year, and shall keep a record of its proceedings, which shall be open to the public for inspection. Special meetings may be called by the chairperson, and shall be called upon a written request therefor signed by five or more members. A written notice of the time and place of each meeting shall be sent to each member. A majority of the members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

    3. The Ohio historical society may provide any necessary staff or services required by the advisory committee in the performance of its duties. Compensation for such services shall be paid out of the appropriated subsidy to the society.

  1. The committee may accept donations of historical items and artifacts for placement in the national museum of Afro-American history and culture, and shall house such items and artifacts at the Ohio historical society until the museum is established. After the establishment of the museum, the committee shall convey all such donated items and artifacts to the private, nonprofit organization to which the Ohio historical society has conveyed the museum and its contents, as provided in Section 149.302 of the Revised Code. All such historical items and artifacts so conveyed shall remain at the museum as part of its permanent collection. The committee shall advise the organization to which the society has conveyed the museum and its contents, concerning the operation and maintenance of the museum.

HISTORY: 134 v H 658 (Eff 9-29-72); 135 v S 131 (Eff 8-21-73); 140 v H 225 (Eff 10-6-83); 146 v H 670 (Eff 12-2-96); 147 v H 215. Eff 2-1-98.


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