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Cuts to Force Temporary Closure of Historic Sites

Ohio Historical Society plans to close 14 historic sites and museums for one week next spring because of budget cuts and a revenue shortfall.

Executive Director William Laidlaw said Wednesday that the society is facing an estimated budget deficit of $1.2 million.

The sites closing the week of March 28 are: Ohio Historical Center in Columbus; Ohio Village in Columbus; Adena Mansion & Gardens in Chillicothe; Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta; Campus Martius Museum in Marietta; Dunbar House in Dayton; Fort Ancient near Oregonia; Fort Meigs in Perrysburg; Harding Home in Marion; National Afro-American Museum in Wilberforce; Piqua Historical Area in Piqua; Wahkeena near Lancaster; Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor; and Zoar Village in Zoar.

The historical society is responsible for 58 sites and museums around the state.Click the Listen icon to hear Lauren Schmoll's interview with William Laidlaw.