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In the Columbus area, participating venues include the Ohio and Palace theaters in Downtown, Franklin Park Conservatory and several historic churches.George said hes been told that Ohio is doing more than perhaps any other state to mark the anniversary of the preservation law, which gave a huge boost to efforts to save rather than tear down historic buildings starting in the days when urban renewal (i.e., tearing down older buildings) was the rage.Hoover, still lives near the Licking County homestead his great-great grandfather established 40 years before the current courthouse opened in 1878, told stories of hangings in the public square in the 1800s and of the sometimes violent fights in the county over the temperance movement in the early 1900s. Steve George, a senior adviser at the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) spearheaded the two-week statewide event, which continues through next weekend.Afterward, Hoover moved from his courtroom which, like most of the courthouse, originally housed county offices to show off his office, which is inside a narrow former safe. But he added that sometimes in the evening, he relaxes by playing a guitar or a banjo inside the high-ceilinged room: I dont play cards. George said the idea was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act by offering visitors behind-the-scenes access and tours to historic structures around Ohio.
For more information on ongoing Open Doors events, visit About 60 people were registered to tour the courthouse and the nearby Pennsylvania Railroad station depot and former jail, all dating to the 1870s and 1880s and within three blocks of each other in downtown Newark.