Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Bicentennial group plans history project

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A historical group preparing for Butler County's Bicentennial in 2003 plans to leave a more lasting legacy than burned-out birthday candles and discarded party hats.

        The Butler County History Bicentennial Collaborative, a group composed of 15 organizations, wants to use the occasion to promote county history as well as to commemorate Ohio's Bicentennial, which also occurs in 2003.

        The group wants to create a 100-page resource guide, a video, a CD-ROM and audiotapes about county and state history.

        “This is a very comprehensive project,” said Sam Ashworth, a member of the collaborative. “We want to plan something that will be a continuing legacy.”

        Mr. Ashworth and Marjorie Brown, another member, presented the project Monday to the Butler County commissioners.

        They asked the commissioners to fund half of the $60,000 cost.

        The commissioners praised the project and suggested first approaching the Greater Hamilton Convention & Visitors Bureau, which receives $10,000 a year from the county.

        The resource guide would include a condensed history of the county; a foldout, mul titiered history time line; a county map identifying historic sites; information sheets on individual historic sites and their activities; suggested guided and self-directed tours; a calendar of events that would be replaced each year; and suggested accommodations and dining.

        The guide also would include a one-hour videotape highlighting historic sites in Butler County, audiotapes for self-guided driving tours and a CD-ROM containing more information than the guide as well as photographs, interactive graphics, video clips and links to Web sites.

        The group also plans a portable historic display for schools, retirement homes, libraries and special events and a learning workshop to help teachers know how best to use all the materials in the resource guide.


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