Ohio History Journal

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Report of the Forty-sixth Annual Meeting 567

Report of the Forty-sixth Annual Meeting      567


During the past year two colleges have observed Cen-

tennial occasions--Hiram and Denison University--and Oberlin

College and Wooster College are now preparing for historical

celebrations this year.

It is quite noticeable the way communities over the state are

waking up to the opportunities offered by Centennial occasions

and to the value of the Pageantry as a means of portraying his-

tory and building community spirit.

The State Historical Society and the Gnadenhutten His-

torical Society, cooperating, are working on plans for a memor-

able Sesqui-Centennial Commemoration of the massacre of the

Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten in 1782. This event will take

place according to present plans on September 2, 3 and 4, 1932,

in connection with which a Pageant written and directed by Mr.

O. K. Reames will be presented. Mr. Reames has already estab-

lished his reputation in Ohio as a Pageant Master in connection

with pageants at Zanesfield and the George Rogers Clark Sesqui-

Centennial Celebration Pageant at Springfield in 1930.

Another new historical activity worthy of notice, although

not organized primarily to encourage Ohio history, is the Ohio

College History Teachers Association, organized at Cleveland,

April 8. At this organization meeting, the Curator of History

of this Society, was asked to speak on the related interests of

such an association and the State Historical Society. No such

organization in the state can help but be of assistance in our

educational program.

The Committee on Cooperation, representing the local his-

torical societies of the state, the educational institution, and this

society, which is appointed by the President of the Society, is

still actively interested in the best program possible for further-

ing the interests of Ohio history. Because of decreased appro-

priations, the committee has not been able to accomplish as

much as it had hoped to do during the year, but stands ready

to support as far as possible any worth while movement.

Chairman Sater announced that the reading of me-

morials would be the next order of business.           Dr.