Columbus -- Lawmakers on Sept. 26 signed off on more than $5 million in upgrades and improvements to state historic sites and for storage space and online systems at the state historical society.
The Ohio History Connection will pay $3 million to purchase and install new compact shelving for its archives collection. The group also is getting $925,000 toward its work to replace long-term exhibits and otherwise update infrastructure and facilities at its main Columbus campus.
Additionally, a total of $775,000 will be used to convert the Ohio History Connection's collections and other resources and make them accessible online. Another $400,000 will be used to "evaluate, organize and prepare" collections into a new storage space.
Elsewhere in Ohio, about $290,000 will be used to install steps and a ramp at the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont to bring the facility into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Also, $50,000 will be used to buy a city lot to expand parking at the President Harding home and tomb historic site in Marion. According to documents, "Currently, parking is in the backyard of the president's home and does not work for buses and other large vehicles."
And $170,000 will be used to purchase a 1.6-acre property to expand the Fort Ancient Earth-works site in Warren County. According to documents, "The land is being purchased as part of a long term effort to preserve an essential feature of the 2,000 year old American Indian earth-work."
In other business Sept. 26:
Lawmakers released nearly $101,000 for scientific equipment and related furnishings for the new Research and Graduate Education Building at the Northeast Ohio College of Medicine in Rootstown.
Lawmakers released $228,550 for the purchase of seismic equipment by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as part of the agency's work to monitor seismicity activity.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.