Lake Erie College’s College Hall in Painesville is the only site in Ohio in the running for National Geographic’s “Vote Your Main Street” contest for $2 million in preservation funding provided by American Express.
The contest runs from Tuesday, Sept. 24 until Oct. 29. This year’s contest spotlights 20 sites rich in women’s history. With 7,000+ votes currently cast, College Hall is currently in second place.
Here is a description of College Hall from the "Vote Your Main Street" website:
Nestled in Painesville, Ohio, just minutes from Painesville’s charming downtown, Lake Erie College is one of the oldest institutions for higher learning in the Western Reserve. From its start as a female seminary in 1856 to its evolution into a coeducational institution today, Lake Erie College is proud of its long heritage leading higher education for more than 160 years.
At the center of its picturesque campus stands College Hall, where more than a century ago, women were leading the charge to advance their education and blaze new trails, including through the women’s suffrage movement. Funding will help preserve this iconic building by restoring its grand entrance, inviting all who enter to experience its rich and significant history.
Those who vote in the sweepstakes will also have a chance to enter to win a "Main Street Experience" from National Geographic.