Construction starts early next year on “the finest state genealogical library in the country,” says OGS spokesperson Wally Huskonen in an announcement.
The 18,000-square-foot library near Mansfield, Ohio, will have climate-controlled space for archives, a reading room, a preservation and digitization lab, meeting space, classrooms and offices.
In mid-November, a $350,000 grant from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission brought the total to $2,564,889just past OGS’ $2.5 million goal. Fundraising continues, though, to pay a loan from the Department of Agriculture and build a maintenance fund for the facility.
OGS is the country’s largest state genealogical society, with more than 6,000 members in 95 chapters.