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Outstanding Achievement Awards

Since 1960, the Ohio Local History Alliance, in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, has led the state in recognizing excellent projects, programs, and publications produced by Ohio’s historical societies, museums, and related organizations, as well as the individuals who …

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Register for Your Regional Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2017 Alliance Regional Meetings! Download the brochure or register online. In March and April, the Alliance will hold Regional Meetings throughout Ohio around the theme History Matters! Come to learn about the relevance of local …

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Present at the Annual Meeting – Deadline Extended!

Do you have a great idea to share with the local history community? We are currently accepting proposals for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Upload the proposal form for more information. The deadline has been extended for proposals! You now have until …

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Judge Ohio History Day!

Call for Judges and Volunteers for Ohio History Day Ohio History Day invites you to spend a Saturday in March or April learning from and being inspired by passionate and knowledgeable students! There are plenty of opportunities to participate. Be …

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Tell Us What You Think

The Ohio Local History Alliance wants to hear from you through our Digital Communication Survey. The Alliance aims to use digital communications to make resources accessible, connect with Ohio’s local history community, and educate members on digital technology tools. In order …

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2016 Annual Meeting

Pre-registration is now closed for the Ohio Local History Alliance’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference, Connecting Communities. This year’s conference, held in partnership with the Society of Ohio Archivists, will be held October 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza, Dublin.  Join us in Dublin for …

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Win a Week in Williamsburg, VA

The Alliance is currently selling raffle tickets to fund an Ohio Local History Alliance organizational membership scholarship. Prize for the raffle is a one-week stay at Patrick Henry Square in Williamsburg, VA. This generously donated prize will allow up to six …

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Summer Digitization Workshops

Do you want to start a digitization project but aren’t sure where to start? These free workshops are for you! The Ohio Local History Alliance and the Ohio Memory Program are partnering to offer four regional digitization workshops this summer. …

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2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Alliance is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Every year, the Alliance presents awards in two categories – Individual Achievement and History Outreach. Individual Achievement Awards recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to Ohio’s historical …

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2016 Regional Meetings

Alliance Regional Meetings take place in March and April every year, and are a fantastic way to connect with other local history organizations and professionals in your geographic region! 2016’s theme for the meetings is “Connecting the Community:” In 2016, the …

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Statehood Day: an Opportunity for Advocacy

By Todd Kleismit Ohio history advocates will unite on Tuesday, March 1 to promote history and recognize the state’s birthday at the annual Statehood Day event at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio Local History Alliance is one of 13 statewide …

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Why Judge History Day?

By Shoshanna Gross, Ohio History Day Coordinator Each year over 8,000 students from Ohio participate in an intensive research program called Ohio History Day. This program is an opportunity for students in grades 6 – 12 to dig deep into …

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Interpreting Native American Heritage Month All Year Long

Today wraps up National Native American Heritage Month. November has been designated as a month to celebrate Native American Indian heritage and history since 1994. That’s great news for local history in Ohio, because this area has an incredibly rich …

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Building Strong Relationships at OLHA 2015

Two weeks ago, local historians from all over Ohio gathered in Worthington for the Ohio Local History Alliance Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is always a great opportunity to see what’s going on in the field and hear from folks …

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#LocalHistory Is…

Annual Meeting This Friday and Saturday, the Ohio Local History Alliance will hold its annual meeting in Worthington, Ohio. In conjunction with the Society of Ohio Archivists, OLHA members will come together for a series of sessions celebrating an “Invitation …

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Back to the Past

By Megan Smeznik

Beyond Apps

By Megan Smeznik Technology is with us everywhere. From our phones to the smart technology in cars, our world would cease to function without utilizing some form of technology each day. Museums too have been diving into this techno-gadget society. …

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Historic House Museums: “A quirky, dusty, and endangered American institution”?

By Jim Geyer Did you know that according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (as reported in a recent article by Ruth Graham in the Boston Globe), there are more historic house museums in this country – over 15,000 …

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Member Spotlight: John & Annie Glenn Historic Site

By Jim Geyer The John & Annie Glenn Historic Site in New Concord, Ohio, restored boyhood home of astronaut and Senator John Glenn, offers visitors a glimpse of life during the Great Depression and on the home front during World War …

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A Collections Policy: What It Is and Why You Need One

By Kasey Eichensehr A collections policy is a document that describes how you handle artifacts and archival holdings from donation to use to, possibly, disposal. In other words, who at your organization does what with your collections and why. At the Clark …

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Annual Meeting Reflection

Written by Linda Scarcella, 2014 J.D. Britton Scholarship recipient This was my first Ohio Local History Alliance Annual Meeting. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the J.D. Britton Scholarship. The following recap is my perception of the seminars I …

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Annual Meeting Reflection

Written by Becky McKinney, 2014 Trella Romine Scholarship Recipient I was granted the opportunity to attend the Alliance’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference as the Trella Romine Scholarship recipient. It was a wonderful experience. The conference, entitled “Engage, Educate, Empower: Taking …

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Board Meeting Update

The Board of the Ohio Local History Alliance met Monday, August 25 at the Ohio History Center. Below is a brief summary of committee sessions to be shared with our membership. Advocacy Committee The Advocacy Committee discussed strategic planning goals, …

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An Unintended Consequence of Collaboration

By Jim Geyer Local history organizations get excited about anniversaries. Bicentennials are really big, but 100th anniversaries are easy sells as well. Special programming and celebrations are great ways to get attention and, perhaps, attract new members. In 2013, the Pioneer …

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Internships, Part 3: The Intern

By Kate Smith We have spent the last two weeks focusing on internships from the perspectives of the host site and the college supervisor. Now, we’ll examine internships through the eyes of the student intern. What makes an internship appeal to them? What do student interns hope …

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