Rep. Cera: Ohio Veterans Called Upon To Help Preserve Military History
Ohio History Connection project seeks wartime mementos
August 19, 2015
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State Rep. Jack Cera (D- Bellaire) today announced an opportunity for local veterans to take part in preserving military history for the next generation. The Ohio History Connection, formerly known as the Ohio Historical Society, has asked Ohioans who currently serve or have previously served in any branch of the military to help honor the lives of Ohio’s veterans by sharing items from his or her years in service. 

“Everyday objects and keepsakes that remind service men and women of home can tell a compelling story,” said Cera. “Letters, pictures, small symbols created by loved ones, and sometimes letters of encouragement from complete strangers, can help paint the picture of what families go through when a loved one is called to serve.”

While any items from the Revolutionary War period to the present are welcomed for consideration, the Ohio History Connection is actively seeking mementos from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and recent conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These items may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mementos from service that carry personal significance or objects used during service and after returning home that carry personal significance.

  • Items related to the role of women in military service.

  • Special items that reflect life after returning home and the experience of being a veteran.

  • Objects representing all military branches.

  • Items from service members from all of Ohio’s 88 counties and under-represented groups.

  • Audio and video recordings, letters to and from home, and photographs.

Items collected will be used for the purpose of preservation and research. Some may be displayed and some may be loaned to other institutions. Others may even be exhibited at the new Ohio Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, which is due to open in 2017.

Those interested in donating an item must contact and speak with a curator at the Ohio History Connection at 614-297-2535, or by email at

As a reminder, Rep. Cera cautioned, “Items cannot be dropped off or mailed without permission from the curators because they must be properly documented and preserved. Therefore, please allow up to 7 to 10 days to have a curator get back with you with instructions on how to best donate the items to the Ohio History Connection.”

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