Our 2020 Annual Meeting will be held ONLINE on October 1-3, 2020.
The theme will be History is Happening Now!
When the Ohio Local History Alliance Education Committee picked “History is Happening Now” as the theme for our 2020 conferences, we never expected that it would be quite so on-the-nose. Since mid-March, it has been impossible to ignore that we’re living through moments that historians will study, write, and create exhibits about.
The Ohio Local History Alliance Annual Meeting WILL be held this year on the scheduled dates, October 1-3, 2020, but will be held virtually in order to make sure that a maximum number of people can attend. We’re working on a revised conference schedule for the online format, which will be posted here on or before August first. We will mail a postcard to all member organizations when the schedule is posted and registration is available.
The online Annual Meeting will include social time to network with colleagues, the presentation of this year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards (nominations due August 1!), and lots of great sessions on topics ranging from creating video tours to self-guided tours at house museums to how to research a historic house to reacting to a disaster in collections storage—and beyond! We would like to thank our existing presenters for being flexible and ready to present at an online conference.
Our conference theme, History is Happening Now, was designed to encourage us all to think about the relevance of our work and how we can be better at working collaboratively on a historical narrative that includes everyone in our communities. There is a thread of these sessions running through the conference, including presentations on African-American community archives, working with American Indian communities, oral history projects, women’s history, and working with youth volunteers, as well as a collaborative discussion of “Relevance in a World with Bigger Problems.” To keynote this thread, we are very excited to welcome Melanie Adams of the Anacostia Community Museum as this year’s plenary speaker, sponsored by Ohio Humanities.
The Alliance presents its Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Annual Meeting. Awards applications and supporting materials must be postmarked or emailed by August 1. Check our Awards page for more information and category information.
The Ohio Local History Alliance has two scholarship opportunities to attend the Alliance’s Annual Meeting. The J.D. Britton Scholarship supports emerging museum professionals, and the Trella Romine Memorial Scholarship may awarded to anyone who needs financial assistance to attend. Both awards grant full registration and lodging.
Past Annual Meetings
Access resources from past annual meetings.
Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!