Nick McWilliams reporting – Historic Zoar Village has been recognized by the Ohio Museums Association for the biannual Zoar and Presidents School Day program.

The award, presented in Newark at the OMA conference, was for Best in Education and Outreach, which goes to an organization that has an operating budget under $500,000.

The program educates local students about the U.S. presidents who served during the height of the village’s activity, with interpreters taking on the likenesses of Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley.

The “presidents” demonstrate similar campaign tactics as would have been used during the period, discussing their cabinet goals from front porches in the village.

In 2019, prior to the pandemic, the village hosted 5,000 children on field trips, school days, and field trips.

The program will return in 2024, running opposite of the Zoar Civil War School Day.

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