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Ohio Historical Society check-off aids 11 projects

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Eleven projects are benefiting from about $114,000 collected in the first year of a new state income-tax check-off for the Ohio Historical Society.

The projects include improving and documenting several historic sites, digitizing rare color film footage from 1938 and producing a re-enactment of the first anti-slavery convention in Ohio in 1836.

The historical society says nearly 17,000 Ohioans contributed last year to the History Fund for the 2011 tax year. Those contributions fund a competitive grant program.

One recipient in Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) is using its grant to support a documentary about an Ohio woman known for hiking the Appalachian Trail in the 1950s and 1960s. Another is focused on inexpensively documenting prehistoric Native American archaeological sites in the eastern Lake Erie basin.

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