The Mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History at Fort Ancient is to provide visitor and educational services focused on archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site, on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.
Fort Ancient is one of 58 historic sites and museums of the Ohio History Connection, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, natural history and archaeology. For more information about the Ohio History Connection, visit http://www.ohiohistory.org/ or call 614–297–2300 or 800–686–6124.
The Mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History* at Fort Ancient is:
To provide visitor and educational services focused on archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site.
The Mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History is:
To educate and enlighten all people of the region about the wonders of the world through the work of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park.
*The Dayton Society of Natural History is the parent organization of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, a museum of the area's 12th century Fort Ancient Indians. Fort Ancient is currently operated by the Dayton Society of Natural History on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.
World Heritage Status:
Looking to the Future of Fort Ancient
Due to its unique nature and qualities, Fort Ancient has earned a place on the "short list" for World Heritage status as part of a group of sites in Ohio that preserve eight 2,000 year old Hopewell ceremonial earthworks located across the region.
Given that the criteria for UNESCO World Heritage includes clear manifestations of "outstanding universal value" and "human creative genius", Fort Ancient, as the largest and best-preserved hilltop enclosure in the United States, is an ideal candidate for this prestigious designation.
However, successfully achieving World Heritage status requires that all efforts and resources are focused on the goal of providing the best-possible learning experience for the 26,000-plus current annual visitors: enhanced educational programs, more outreach and better maintenance.
This sought-after designation should prove invaluable for the long term well-being of Fort Ancient, as World Heritage status would increase the site's standing on the global stage, joining places like Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China on the list. As proved by other sites added to the World Heritage List, this effort will foster a deeper appreciation of the site's world-wide significance, and increase tourism for southwestern Ohio.
In preparation for this process, the DSNH and OHC are currently working together to complete a new historic site management plan that will carry the site into the future.
Learn more about this unique network of sites, as well as efforts to achieve World Heritage status for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.
For more information about Fort Ancient, please call 513–932–4421.