LOGAN, Ohio – The fascinating history of the Hocking Hills Canal comes to life in film, theater, song and dance during the Ohio Open Doors Event, Sunday, September 11 on the elevator-accessible third floor of the historic Logan Theater. The program consists of two parts: At 3 p.m. live artists share fragments from the original musical “The Last Canal Boat”, followed by a showing of the video “Looking for the Hocking Canal” at 4.30 pm Admission to this unique afternoon is free.
The performances and filming are part of Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Open Doors program, which aims to share stories about major landmarks and sites of interest across the state, blending historical narratives with historic preservation. Highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most cherished places, visitors can discover Ohio’s amazing heritage in the state through a variety of Open Door events from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 18, as historic buildings and fascinating places across the state open their doors to tours and events as part of the Ohio History Connection’s annual event. A list of the free statewide events and activities is available at ohiohistory.org/opendoors.
Ohio History Connection founded Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the law has proven to play an important role in transforming communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small businesses, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.
Ohio Open Doors partner organizations include the Ohio Arts Council, TourismOhio, the Ohio Travel Association, and Heritage Ohio. Full travel information for the Hocking Hills can be found at ExploreHockingHills.com.