2016 Scenic Ohio Awards


The Scenic Ohio Awards celebration was Friday Sept. 30, 2016 in Chillicothe, OH, 45601.

The 2016 Scenic Ohio awards recognized groups and organizations that are working to preserve Ohio’s World Heritage nominated sites.

Built by ancient American Indians, Ohio’s earthworks are a wonder of the Ancient World. These Ohio treasures are poised to join such cultural icons as the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and the Acropolis as World Heritage Sites through the nomination process of UNESCO- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO’s World Heritage Program was established to recognize and encourage the protection of the world’s most important cultural and natural treasures. Over 1,000 sites have been inscribed, with only 23 of them in the United States.

The 2016 Scenic Ohio Awards honor six organizations that manage, preserve, and conserve Ohio’s archaeological sites nominated for World Heritage Inscription.  These sites are ancient Native American Earthworks, natural and cultural resources that are unique to Ohio.  The sites include the Newark Earthworks, Great Serpent Mound, Fort Ancient and Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.  

Awards Recipients include:

  • National Park Service
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Dayton Society of Natural History
  • Arc of Appalachia
  • Newark Earthworks Center 
  • Explore Licking County


Jack Blosser, Site Manager at Fort Ancient


Scenic Ohio Board member Jim McGregor with Scenic Ohio Board Chair Gary Meisner


Award Recipient: Arc of Appalachia with Executive Director Nancy Stranahan and Scenic Ohio presenters


Award Recipient: Dayton Society of Natural History with
President and CEO Mark J. Meister and Scenic Ohio presenters


DSC_5375 Award Recipient: Explore Licking County with Executive Director Dan Moder and presented by Scenic Ohio
Event Co-Chairs Jim McGregor and Bob Tatman along with Scenic Ohio Board Chair Gary Meisner


Award Recipient: National Park Service with Superintendent at Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP and Hopewell Culture
NHP Dean Alexander and Chief of Resource Management Dr. Bret Ruby and Scenic Ohio presenters


Award Recipient: Ohio State University at Newark with Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith
of the Newark Earthworks and Director Emeritus Dr. Dick Shiels


DSC_5393 Award Recipient: Ohio History Connection with Curator of Archaeology Dr. Brad Lepper and Scenic Ohio presenters




DSC_5429 Marti Chaatsmith, Kathy Wyatt and Alice Weston


Stacey Halfmoon, Don Moder and Carol Thress


Stacey Halfmoon, Director, American Indian Relations with OHC; Andy Kesselem,
Scenic Ohio Board member; and Glenna J. Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma


DSC_5445 Scenic Ohio Board Chair Gary Meisner with President Kerry Holton of the Delaware Nation, Anadarko, OK


Special Guests Kerry Holton, President of the Delaware Nation, Anadarko,
OK and Glenna J. Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, Oklahoma


The Awards event guest speakers were; Glenna J. Wallace; Chief, Eastern Shawnee Tribe (Oklahoma) and Kerry Holton; President, Delaware Nation (Oklahoma).

These Tribal Leaders gave their perspective on the importance of Ohio’s Ancient Earthworks and the American Indian cultural heritage.

Chief Glenna Wallace of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has said, “The people who built these mounds were brilliant. Their genius lies in combining complexity and simplicity simultaneously. Their mathematical and astronomical complexities challenge our mental capacity while simultaneously their simplistic structures evoke a calming, soothing and in some instances a spiritual effect. These people have for the most part been overlooked, unrecognized, unappreciated. Today we have an opportunity to change that and it is our responsibility to do so.”

The Ohio Channel video recorded the event on the Ohio Channel website.

The National Park Service, Ohio History Connection, Arc of Appalachia, Newark Earthworks Center, and Explore Licking County for maintaining and preserving Ohio’s World Heritage archaeological and scenic sites including Newark Earthworks, Great Serpent Mound, Fort Ancient, and Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.