Support the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Ohio's Only UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nearly two thousand years ago, American Indians created an awe-inspiring culture rooted in the land we now call Ohio. They built vast earthworks as gathering places that aligned to the sun and moon. People came from near and far, traveling across land and sea to join together. Here, earth, water, sky and people met in sacred connection.

Today, we honor these Ancient Ones and the places they built by inscribing eight Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Inscription on the World Heritage List underscores the cultural significance of these sites and call international attention to these treasures long known to Ohioans. This effort has created Ohio's first World Heritage site.

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The Need for Support

On September 19, 2023, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks were officially inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This is the beginning of a new chapter, and we need your support. Your gift will go directly to the area of greatest need for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. You will be supporting the daily operations, marketing, programs, and more.


Get Involved

If you would like to support this wonderful opportunity to put Ohio’s ancient earthworks on the worldwide map of historically and culturally significant sites, contact Ann Ruege at 614.297.2342 or send us a message on our Contact Us page by selecting "Donations."

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Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks Newsletter

The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks Newsletter is our premier monthly newsletter sharing media, events, news stories, blog posts and more about the newly inscribed World Heritage sites right here in Ohio! This newsletter is created in partnership with the National Park Service.

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