MVHS Receives Grant from the History Fund

“MVHS Digitization of Microfilm Project made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund. The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio Historical Society.”

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society has received a $4500 grant award from the statewide History Fund, Ohio History Connection’s competitive matching grant program for history. The funds will allow the Historical Society’s Archives to digitize microfilm copies of records from Republic Steel from the 1880s – 1960s; and scrapbooks compiled by former Youngstown mayor Charles P. Henderson.  Henderson cracked down on organized crime in the city in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This project will make these materials more accessible to the public, and better ensure the preservation of the original records. The History Fund received 33 grant applications totaling over $388,000 in requests.  MVHS’ award was one of thirteen projects chosen for funding.  Leann Rich, Manager of Education & External Relations for the Society was at Statehood Day in Columbus to accept the award.

Leann Rich with Andy Verhoff of the Ohio History Connection.

In its first two years, the History Fund has created grants that help support local history and preservation-related projects all across Ohio. By selecting “The Ohio Historical Society” (doing business as the Ohio History Connection) as a donation fund on your state tax returns, you can support the History Fund grant program that benefits our communities and helps preserve Ohio’s stories. So far, Ohio taxpayers made 20 history projects possible. In our last fiscal year which ended this past June, Ohioans had contributed $165,000 to the History Fund, with an average contribution of around $9. “Last year, Ohio taxpayers helped repair leaking roofs across the state, conserve rare Wright Brothers photos in Dayton and preserve Slavic heritage in Cleveland,” says Andy Verhoff, History Fund grants manager.

State Representative Michele Lepore Hagan presented MVHS with a commendation in recognition of the grant award

“The first two years of the History Fund campaign have been a huge win for Ohio history,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. “For just a few dollars, Ohioans have helped to restore historic buildings, promote education and ensure the accessibility of our state’s heritage for years to come.” The History Fund needs to raise at least $150,000 this coming tax season to stay on Ohio’s tax forms for the next two years. Verhoff says, “If every donor gives just $9 or $10 on their tax forms, we’ll easily cross that $150,000 threshold and have even more money to grant in support of local history.” History Fund The History Fund creates grants to help support local history and preservation-related projects in communities throughout Ohio. It’s funded by Ohio taxpayers that select “Ohio Historical Society” as a donation fund on their state tax returns. For more information about the History Fund grant program and how to apply for grants, visit or contact our Local History office at 1.800.858.6878, 614. 297.2340 or email