Alliance Annual Meeting

2021 Online Annual Meeting

Challenge Accepted: Overcoming Obstacles

Online/Zoom – September 30 to October 2, 2021


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Join us for this year’s Annual Meeting, which will be held online over three days including sessions focused on the theme Challenge Accepted: Overcoming Obstacles, the presentation of our Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2021, and a keynote address by a distinguished scholar.

Access the conference program here.  (Updated 9/23/21)

For any registration or session access issues, please get in touch with Executive Secretary Betsy Hedler at or call or text 614-398-3491.

Making the Local Universal: How Hidden Histories in Ohio Communities Can Broaden Audiences and Bring More Support

Anna-Lisa Cox is an award-winning American historian whose focus is the frontier and rural Midwest. She is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Her writing has been featured in the The Washington Post, Lapham’s Quarterly and The New York Times. Her original research underpinned two exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Anna-Lisa’s recent book The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality was honored by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the best history books of 2018. Dr. Cox will be speaking on how histories get hidden, and how those hidden histories in Ohio can be discovered, celebrated and utilized by local history organizations.

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(Printable registration form – including instructions to pay by check.)


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 2021 sponsors!





    Premier Sponsor:

    Ohio Humanities

    Awards Sponsor:

    Fernandez-Hillibish History Fund

    Awards Sponsor:

    Hindman Auctions

    Awards Sponsor:

    Ursuline College

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    Conference Sponsor:

    Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

    Conference Sponsor:

    Museum Acrylics Company

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    Ohio History Connection

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    Exhibiting Sponsor:

    Maid For Homes

Interested in sponsoring the conference? Get more information here.