Could Serpent Mound in Adams County and the ancient Hopewell culture sites in Ohio join company with the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal of India and the Great Wall of China as World Heritage Sites? With your support, these ancient Ohio landmarks could become recognized internationally as outstanding examples of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
The United States is now preparing a new list of nominations to be submitted over the next 10 years to the World Heritage List (will load in new browser window), which currently consists of 830 sites in 138 countries and is maintained by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Community support is critical for applications to receive serious consideration in Washington by the National Park Service, which will forward about 20 to 25 nominations to UNESCO.
The Ohio Historical Society and Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (will load in new browser window) conducted a series of meetings in December to seek community support for a Hopewell culture nomination that would include the Newark Earthworks in Licking County, Fort Ancient in Warren County and Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County. In a separate application, the Ohio Historical Society and the Dayton Society of Natural History will seek to nominate Serpent Mound in Adams County and the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park (will load in new browser window) in Dayton..
Examples and Documentation
For more information, read our fact sheet (will load in new browser window).
To express your support for one or both of these applications, please write to the Ohio Historical Society at email@example.com
Or, contact your state representative or senator (will load in new browser window).
Or, contact Ohio’s two U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative (will load in new browser window).
For a draft letter to a state legislator, please click here.
For a draft resolution of support, please click here.
For a draft letter of organizational support, please click here.