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Statehood Day 2017

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Statehood Day 2017

Ohio’s local history advocates will once again convene at the Ohio Statehouse on March 1 to celebrate the state’s birthday and to advocate for issues important to local history groups.

The annual Statehood Day event brings together Ohio’s history supporters and gives you the opportunity to meet with your state legislators and network with fellow history-related professionals and advocates. You can register for the event online at The cost is $40.

This year’s event features Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, as the keynote speaker at lunchtime. Attendees are encouraged to schedule a meeting that morning with their state representative and/or state senator to discuss public policy issues relating to history and historic preservation.

The Ohio History Connection will also announce its 2017 History Fund grant awards, funded through income tax donations from Ohioans. Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) will be recognized with the Ohio History Leadership Award, presented annually to a state legislator who has “gone above and beyond” in promoting Ohio history.

“We’re very excited to have Greg Harris from the Rock Hall with us for Statehood Day,” said Todd Kleismit, director of community and government relations for the Ohio History Connection. “Greg is passionate about the importance of preserving history as is Speaker Rosenberger. We are also delighted to be able to give out big checks from the History Fund grant announcements in support of local history.”

Statehood Day is sponsored by Ohio History Connection, Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, Ohio Humanities, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Travel Association, the Ohio Museums Association, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Council for Social Studies and the Society of Ohio Archivists.

Please register online by February 22. If you have questions, please e-mail Todd Kleismit at

SOA Scholarships for Students and New Archival Professionals

SOA is pleased to announce four scholarships available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards) with three years or less experience in the workplace to attend the annual meeting.

The scholarship consists of conference registration (including lunch), a one-year membership to SOA, and a $100 travel stipend. Awardees are required to write about their experience for publication in the Ohio Archivist newsletter.

Applications should include the following information:

  • Applicant’s name, mailing and e-mail address;
  • Students should list their school’s name and academic program;
  • New professionals should list their employer and number of years working within the field;
  • Description about how the meeting will benefit the applicant professionally;
  • Brief description of the applicant’s scholarship and contribution to archives. This will be taken into consideration along with the applicant’s number of years in the field or academic study;
  • Statement of the applicant’s need for financial support to attend the conference;
  • Applications are due by February 15, 2017.

Applications and inquiries can be sent via e-mail or mail to: Devhra BennettJones,, Lloyd Library, 917 Plum St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Call for Proposals: Keeping History Alive

Call for Proposals

Keeping History Alive

Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting

Friday, May 19, 2017

To be held at the Quest Business and Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240.

Deadline to submit proposals: Monday, January 9, 2017, 5pm.

The SOA 2017 Program Committee seeks a broad array of creative proposals, sessions and posters, related to archival work today and into the future. All proposal topics are welcome.

Possible ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Tools for archival discovery, maintenance, and/or marketing
  • Outreach and instruction efforts
  • Student, intern, and volunteer experiences and projects
  • Funding for archival projects or archival facilities
  • Unique collection development ventures
  • Preservation, description, and access to analog, born-digital, or hybrid collections

The Program Committee encourages proposals of panel sessions, student and professional posters, as well as alternative formats such as debate, fish bowl, lightning, mini-workshop, pecha kucha, world café, and other session formats that encourage interaction between presenters and attendees.

The Program Committee also encourages proposals from students*, new professionals*, first time presenters and attendees, as well as individuals from related professions, including those from outside of Ohio.

Proposals must include:

  • Session/Poster title and type
  • Abstract of 250 words describing the session/poster and how it will be of interest to SOA attendees
  • Description of 150 words for the printed program
  • Main contact’s information and any other participants
  • A/V or technology requirements
  • Any additional special needs

Please complete the proposal form by Monday, January 9, 2017, 5pm at

More meeting details will appear as they develop at:

Questions? Please contact:

Janet Carleton ( or Collette McDonough ( Cochairs, Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee

OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting, October 7-8, 2016

OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting, October 7-8, 2016


The Society of Ohio Archivists is partnering with the Ohio Local History Alliance for Connecting Communities. This conference will be held on October 7-8, 2016, at the Crown Plaza hotel in Dublin, Ohio.

The SOA track will take place on Friday October 7th and will feature the following sessions:

9:00-9:50: Bringing History Home: Using Local Government Records in the Classroom with Elise Kelly, Greene County Records Center & Archives
10:10-11:00: A Private Matter: Dealing with Privacy-Sensitive Materials in the Archives with Judith Wiener, Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University and Emily Gainer, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
11:20-12:10: Preserving & Digitizing the Kent Tribune Newspaper with Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection and Sandy Halem, Kent Historical Society
2:10-3:00: Thinking Outside the Hollinger Box: Creative Ways to Promote Your Archives with Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society; Kevlin Haire, The Ohio State University; Elise Kelly, Greene County Records Center and Archives; and Karen Robertson, Ohio History Connection
3:20 -4:10: Perspectives on Archival Processing with Connie Conner, Ohio History Connection; Cara Gilgenbach, Kent State University Libraries; Abigail E. Miller, Kenyon College; and Rhonda Rinehart, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Attendees are welcome to attend any of the Local History Alliance sessions, luncheons, and other special events on both Friday and Saturday.

To view the conference program and to register, see conference web page at: or download the registration form:

Interested in attending an upcoming workshop or to learn more about upcoming SOA educational opportunities? Contact the Education Committee Chair.

Fall 2016 Ohio Archivist now online

The Fall 2016 Ohio Archivist is now available. Although it wasn’t the initial plan, this issue in many ways focuses on student archivists and new professionals. Feature articles by Madeleine Fix and Kelly Francis-Love discuss a student capstone project and an internship respectively. In Newcomers, Christine Schmid Engels “rethinks” the role of interns and volunteers. Also in this issue, Dan Noonan’s DiGITaL article sheds light on the ten year history of the SAA Research Forum. In addition, you’ll read about the goings-on of SOA members and member institutions, Ohio grant information, and as usual, a recap of our annual meeting and the announcement for the coming fall meeting. Check it out here or here!


The Miami Valley Archivists Roundtable (MVAR) Archives Crawl


The Miami Valley Archives Roundtable (MVAR) Archives Crawl is an event held during the month of October to celebrate National Archives Month. Crawlers tour host archives in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas gathering stamps in their passports. Participants will have the opportunity to view a variety of treasures preserved in area archival repositories, visit with archivists, and go on special behind-the scenes tours, depending on the specific repositories that you visit.

Please visit the Archives Month Events page for more information about the Archives Crawl as well as other events to be held in the local area.

Celebrate Archives Month by Honoring the Accomplishments of an Ohio Archival Institution

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award recognizes significant
accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records, in any format, by
an Ohio archival institution.

All Ohio institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a
portion of their collections are eligible. Eligible accomplishments include recent special
projects or on-going programs that:

  • build significant collections
  • implement successful preservation strategies
  • enhance access to archives
  • develop effective digitization programs

Preference will be given to projects or programs that can be adapted for use by other

Because the award recognizes institutional achievements, individuals are not eligible.
Departments employing members of OHRAB are not eligible, but other departments in their
institutions are eligible.

Nominating letters should be no longer than two pages, 12-pt, single spaced, describing the
institution’s program/project along with its goals, accomplishments, and significance. Each
must include the nominee’s institutional name along with a contact person’s name, mailing
and email addresses, and phone number.

Send nominations via email or U.S. mail to:

Pari Swift
Senior Records Manager
Ohio Attorney General’s Office
30 East Broad Street, 23rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Nominations must be received by October 7, 2016.
Self-nominations are encouraged.

Questions? Contact Pari Swift at or 614-466-1356

“I Found It in the Archives” 2016 Voting Begins Today, August 15th

The 2016 state-wide “I Found it in the Archives” contest features winning essays from three institutions: Oberlin College Archives/Oberlin Heritage Center, Greene County Archives, and the Clark County Historical Society.

Read the 2016 “I Found it in the Archives” state finalist essays on the “I Found it in the Archives” Contest Entries page and vote for your favorite in the side navigation of any page on the SOA website.

If viewing the contest on a mobile device, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to place your vote.

Voting begins August 15, 2016 and ends August 31, 2016.

The “I Found it in the Archives” state winner will be featured during the SOA fall meeting, held in partnership with the Ohio Local History Alliance October 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ohio. Keep a lookout for more information about SOA’s fall meeting on the SOA website.

Updates from SOA President about Committees

In an effort to keep everyone up-to-date Council wanted to share a listing of our current committees, committee chairs and Council liaisons. You may note that we have five new committee chairs: Janet Carleton (Educational Programming); Andrew Harris (Public Information); Elise Kelly (Advocacy and Outreach); Collette McDonough (Educational Programming); and Cate Putirskis (Membership). Please join me in welcoming them to their new positions. I would also like to take this time to thank our outgoing chairs for their service: Shelley Blundell (Educational Programming); Ron Davidson (Membership); and Jennie Thomas (Advocacy and Outreach). We appreciate your service and enjoyed working with you over the past year!

If you are interested in volunteering to work with a committee, please contact the committee chair using the email address provided. To learn more about each of the committees, please visit: If you have previously served/are currently serving on a committee you should be hearing from your Committee Chair regarding current and upcoming projects.

We are looking forward to working with all of you over the coming year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me using my contact information listed below.

Committee Chairs and Liaisons

• Advocacy and Outreach
o Council liaisons – Ron Davidson and Robin Heise
o Committee co-chairs – George Bain ( and Elise Kelly (

• Awards
o Council Liaison – Lonna McKinley
o Committee chair – Devhra BennettJones (

• Educational Programming Committee
o Council Liaison – Sasha Griffin
o Committee co-chairs – Janet Carleton ( and Collette McDonough (

• Membership
o Council Liaison – Mark Bloom
o Committee chair – Cate Putirskis (

• Nominating
o Council liaison – Judith Wiener (

• Public Information Committee
o Council Liaison – Jennifer Brancato
o Committee chair – Andrew Harris (

Thank you,

Jillian Carney
SOA President 2015-2017

Job posting: Archivist, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

Posted on behalf of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Please excuse cross postings.

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC), a division of the Ohio History Connection, is currently accepting applications for a full-time archivist. The archivist will fulfill the requirements of the recently awarded African American History and Culture museum grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Under the direction of the NAAMCC Collection Manager, the archivist will process backlogged material and improve documentation of and public access to NAAMCC archival collections. This is a three-year grant funded position. To view the full job description, please visit:

All interested applicants should submit a professional cover letter, resume with salary requirements to: or fax to Human Resources at 614-297-2293.