Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library

Thompson Library Gallery
February 1 - May 14, 2017

Building Ohio State tells the story of the unique connections and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to the renovation of the Thompson Library, the University has been instrumental in promoting forest research and education and demonstrating sound management of Ohio’s forests.

The exhibition examines the past, present, and future of Ohio’s timber resources. From near-complete removal at the beginning of the 20th century, Ohio’s forests made a comeback thanks to The Ohio State University’s many contributions to forestry research, acquisitions of forest land, and its sustainable management. Building Ohio State celebrates the 10th anniversary of the renovation of the Thompson Library with white oak (Quercus alba) harvested from Ohio’s Zaleski State Forest. The exhibition highlights sustainable forest management and its continuing role in education, sustainability, and economic development in the state of Ohio.

This project is organized by The Ohio State University Libraries and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in collaboration with the Ohio Society of American Foresters, the Ohio Forestry Association, Inc., the Ohio Tree Farm Committee, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

Curated by:

Florian Diekmann
The Ohio State University, University Libraries, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library & Student Success Center

Kathy L. Smith, Jeffory A. Hattey, and Matthew E. Monteith
The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Mark S. Ervin
Ohio Society of American Foresters

John E. Dorka and Adam M. Conway
Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.


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