2 Mar

Your Tax Refund Can Make History. That’s the message that prompted 17,391 Ohioans to contribute a portion of their 2011 state income tax refund to the Ohio Historical Society last year, making $114,000 available for a new competitive matching grants program that helps fund projects by local historical societies and related organizations throughout the state.

During Ohio’s annual Statehood Day observance at the Statehouse in Columbus yesterday, 11 recipients of History Fund Grants made possible by last year’s contributions were announced.  Eden Valley Enterprises, Elyria, was awarded a matching grant of $15,000 for support of a PBS documentary about Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, an ordinary Ohioan who overcame adversity and became extraordinary through her hikes of the Appalachian Trail in the 1950s and 1960s. Gatewood’s inspiring story will broaden understanding of what the Women’s Movement, fitness and successful aging means.

With your help we will get Emma’s story on the screen!

Ohio Historical Society



  1. Bette Lou Higgins March 3, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    We are so excited to be one of the 11 recipients of this grant! It will go along way toward helping us complete our documentary about Emma. Of course, we now need to meet that challenge grant with additional donations of $15,000. For more complete information about the grant and to find out how to donate to help us meet our matching requirements, visit our website at: http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/ohiohistoryfund/ohfgrant.htm

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