Ohio History Journal

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426 Ohio Arch

426       Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.




Mr. Chairman, my election to a position in this Archaeolog-

ical and Historical Society was accepted as a distinct honor. I,

therefore, rejoice in the hour that is now here with all the

other members of the Archaeological and Historical Society. For

indeed this is an hour of genuine rejoicing. It gives the Society,

as we hope, a permanent place in the history of the State.

I happen, in the fortune of life, to be here as the President

of the University, and in that capacity I rejoice knowing that we

are to have upon this campus, permanently, so dignified and hon-

ored a society as this one is. It is, therefore, with sincere pleasure

that we anticipate the completion of a building which shall be in

keeping with the dignity of the State and the dignity of the So-

ciety. I come here simply to express anew our most cordial wel-

come to the Archaeological and Historical Society and join in

the congratulations of the hour to them upon this happy and

auspicious day.

I am looking forward to the time when this very building

itself will be a place to which distinguished men will come. I

think Ohio in its early phases presents a great opportunity for

scientific study and research, and I am glad the State of Ohio

recognizing that fact has given this Society a permanent home

upon this campus. Not many of the people of the University,

or of the State or City, are aware of the fact that we have already

had some of the most distinguished men of the world appear

upon this campus looking for this Society. Sir Walter Ramsey of

Scotland came to this place, and the only thing in Columbus he was

at all interested in was the Archaeological and Historical Society.

He made the journey at considerable expense, time and money

for the satisfaction of seeing with his own eyes the result of the

research work in this line as made in Ohio. Sir Walter Ramsey

is only one of a number of others, and I am anticipating the time

to come when scholars from all over the country will come to

this particular building as the place where they expect to find

the information for which scholars are always looking. I ex-

pect, therefore, this building itself will be a tribute to Ohio's

judgment, to her character, to her own dignity and to the work