Ohio Open Doors — Historic Places

Ohio Open Doors

For immediate release:

The Southeast Ohio History Center is cooperating with the Ohio History Connection to promote the Ohio Open Doors program from September 7th -16th.

The Southeast Ohio History Center encourages the custodians of historic buildings and historic sites in southeast Ohio to open their doors to the public for some designated hours during this week in September. We encourage the caretakers of our historic courthouses, city buildings, old jails, county homes, post offices, libraries, school buildings, stores, factories, train depots, old homes, hotels, mills, barns, churches, armories, mausoleums, opera houses and theatres. These historic structures are the treasures of our rich Ohio heritage.

Ohio Open Doors is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the legacy of our built environment left by our forebearers, and that defines much of who we are as a part of American history.

The Ohio History Connection is encouraging participating buildings to:

  • Hold at least one two-hour event anytime between September 7-16, 2018.
  • Ensure the event is free and open to the public.
  • Create a special event for your neighbors: think of your event as an opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors inside your doors to share your site’s unique stories.
  • Consider opening buildings or spaces rarely seen by the public, having guided tours about the design and history of the place and time for coffee and conversation.

Consider participating in this statewide event that will be opening the places of our past to Ohioans today. Help connect people to their rich heritage. It will go a long way to gaining public support for the preservation of stories and places that are important parts of our past that we should keep as important parts of our future. 

The Southeast Ohio History Center at 24 West State Street in Athens will be conducting behind the scenes tours from 5-7pm on Friday, September 15th.

For more information about Open Doors Ohio contact the Ohio History Connection at 614-298-2000 or sgeorge@ohiohistory.org or contact the Southeast Ohio History Center at 740-592-2280.


Southeast Ohio History Center – formerly Athens First Christian Church – built 1916 will be open to the public for behind the scenes tour Sept. 15th from 5-7pm.


For more information:


Tom O’Grady

Southeast Ohio History Center

24 West State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701