Alliance Annual Meeting

2022 Annual Meeting – Be the Change

Quest Conference Center, Columbus, September 30-October 1, 2022


Our conference theme, Be the Change, allows us to highlight ways that history museums can become more active in their communities and be agents for increasing justice for all through their outreach, exhibits and programs. We’ve planned a wide variety of meeting sessions, which will include presentations on recognizing and telling African-American history, strategic planning and fundraising in difficult times, building internship programs, improving your advocacy and social media strategies, caring for collections and different ways collections help you tell a story and connect to your community. This meeting is presented in partnership with the Society of Ohio Archivists.

View the full conference brochure, including a session schedule.

View directions to the Quest Conference Center. (It has recently moved.)

Register online now. The registration deadline is September 9.

On-Site Registration is available.



A block of rooms has been reserved for $135/night at the Hampton Inn, 8411 Pulsar Pl, Columbus. Make your reservation at before September 9! Additional hotel options are located within walking distance of the conference center.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Hasan Kwame Jeffries teaches, researches, and writes about the African American experience from a historical perspective. He has chronicled the civil rights movement in the ten episode Audible Originals series “Great Figures of the Civil Rights Movement,” and has told the remarkable story of the original Black Panther Party in Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt. Hasan has collaborated on several public history projects, including serving as the lead scholar and primary scriptwriter for the $27 million renovation and redesign of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Hasan regularly shares his expertise on African American history and contemporary Black politics through public lectures, op-eds, and interviews with print, radio, and television news outlets, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. Hasan’s commitment to teaching “Hard History” led him edit Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, and to host the podcast “Teaching Hard History,” a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Learning for Justice division. An associate professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University, Hasan takes great pride in opening students’ minds to new ways of understanding the past and the present.


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

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Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!


    Premier Sponsor:

    Ohio Humanities

    Breakfast Sponsor:

    American Association for State and Local History

    Breakfast Sponsor:

    Hindman Auctions

    Breakfast Sponsor:

    Ursuline College

    Conference Packet Sponsor:

    Museum Acrylics

    Conference Packet Sponsor:

    Ohio History Connection

Interested in sponsoring the conference? Get more information here.