Pictured left to right are Darlene Minosky, Jeff Minosky, and Joyce Barrett of Ohio History Connection.
Noble County Historical Society President Jeff Minosky was presented with the 2021 Preservation Hero award at last week’s Region 10 meeting of the Ohio Local History Alliance which was held at the Ball Caldwell Homestead in Caldwell.
He received the award, an annual statewide recognition, for the work he has done in the community in the last couple of years.
Heritage Ohio Executive Director Joyce Barrett said, “Jeff is very active in the Noble County community and takes on many projects to ensure the preservation of the county’s history. He not only helps restore historic buildings, but also aids in the ongoing upkeep of these sites.”
Among his achievements are fundraising for restoration and preservation of buildings; historic signage; and working with OSU Extension to develop and host a program that will educate businesses on state and federal tax credit options.
Barrett explained that Minosky joins a select group of the people, businesses, places and organizations that have made the biggest impact on revitalization and preservation throughout Ohio.
Barrett credited Minosky with assisting in the development of the new Noble County Historical Society logo and branding, along with an enhanced social media presence.
Some of the Noble County Historical Society’s 2021 achievements include the 100 year old Dodge Brothers ad on the barn located four miles south of Caldwell being repainted by barn painter Scott Hagen; new curtains in the Ball Caldwell barn; the covered bridge in Heritage Park was repaired by Steve Heskett of Hocking Hills Construction; the church and one room school at the fairground were improved, with new paint applied to the church and a new cedar roof on the cabin. 2022 projects include the repair of the foundation on the log cabin; the installation of new shutters on the historic church; and work on the front porch of the Historic Jail Museum in town.
Among the things discussed at the Ohio Local History Alliance meeting were how to find and access grants, presented by Jeff Minosky and Gwynn Steward, the OSU Extension community development educator; using cards modeled after baseball trading cards to make localized community history cards which can be used for outreach; the business meeting for the Alliance; and a talk about how local historical societies and schools can be perfect partners.
Heritage Ohio is Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization. It fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and the promotion of cultural tourism.