Ohio Health makes Commitment to Harding 20/20

In 1920, the nation’s attention turned to Marion, Ohio during Senator  Warren G. Harding’s “front porch” presidential campaign. One hundred  years later, Marion will again be at center stage as we celebrate the  centennial of Harding’s successful campaign and highlight his White  House legacy.  

The Ohio History Connection and Marion Technical  College are working together to transform the Warren G. Harding Home  Presidential Site. This collaborative effort, called Harding 2020,  includes the complete restoration of the Harding Home, as well as the  establishment of the Harding Presidential Center, which will serve as a  visitor center, museum, archives and multi-purpose event facility. 

As  we gear up for this grand event, we are proud to secure community  partners along the way, the latest of which is OhioHealth in Marion who  has committed to a $20,000 per year gift to the project over a five year  period.  

"Having OhioHealth on board with the Harding 2020  project is terrific," said Harding Home Presidential Site Manager Sherry  Hall. "OhioHealth is a vital part of the Marion community, and we're  thrilled that it recognizes the importance of the Harding project at  both a local and national level."  The Harding Home will be restored to  the 1920 era of Harding’s successful “front porch” campaign, which  brought national attention to Marion and solidified his presidential  victory. At that time, droves of people came to Marion to hear  then-Senator Warren G. Harding speak. Countless Americans watched  newsreel footage of the crowds from the comfort of their local movie  theaters. Now, a century later, the excitement will return to the place  where that famous campaign unfolded. 

“President Harding’s history  is a large part of Marion’s pride. Securing the legacy through  supporting the Harding 2020 project is important. It brings tourism,  economic growth, and nostalgia. All wonderful reasons to be a community  partner in the restoration of Marion’s past,” Bruce Hagen, president,  OhioHealth Marion General Hospital said.  Harding 2020 will place Marion  in the spotlight once again as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of  Warren G. Harding’s election, while also allowing for a much more  comprehensive interpretation of the life of our 29th President. 

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