Ohio History Fund Grant Application Now Available

Since March 2013, the History Fund grant program of the Ohio History Connection has made $522,000 in grants to 53 organizations across Ohio. The History Fund invites you to join this distinguished group! Apply for History Fund grant at www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.

The application deadline is September 1, 2017 (by 11:59 pm).

The History Fund application for the 2017-2018 grant cycle mirrors application forms from previous years, but contains a few tweaks in response to comments from last year’s applicants.  Example: see the website for a sample application you can print for reference.

We’ve also added a new resource: “Do This, Don’t Do That / History Fund Grant Application.”  This short list is not a substitute for reviewing the History Fund’s Application Instructions, but will help you steer clear of obstacles that have bedeviled applicants in the past.

If listening and seeing is a way you learn, check out our History Fund Help webinars at www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund. There’s two webinars.  The “History Fund Help” webinar is an introduction to the grant program and a detailed overview of the grant application.  The second webinar, “Digitization Nuts and Bolts,” will help you compile a strong application for digitization project (it’s more than buying a scanner). We originally hosted both webinars in 2016, and the information still applies in 2017.  Please note that 2017’s application deadline is September 1 (NOT September 7, 2016 as in the webinars).

The Ohio History Connection will announce grant recipients at the annual advocacy event Statehood Day, scheduled February 28, 2018.  Between the application deadline of September 1, 2017 and February 2018, History Fund grant projects undergo a rigorous review involving subject area experts at the Ohio History Connection and a panel of outside experts, who make the final grant recommendations.  Local History Services contacts applicants regarding the final status of the applications in February, in advance of the public announcement at Statehood Day.

This spring, the History Fund presented grant-writing workshops at the Region 1, 5, and 10 meetings, as well as at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, the Ashtabula Foundation (Region 4), and for Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati (Region 8).  At each, we emphasized that if would be applicants have questions they should call or write.  We’re here to help!

For more information, contact Andy Verhoff, Ohio History Fund grant coordinator, 614.297.2341 or averhoff@ohiohistory.org, or visit the History Fund’s website.  Good luck!

2017 OHRAB History Day Awards

OHRAB is pleased to congratulate students Ian Riddle and Connor Stanton as recipients of the board’s 2017 History Day Awards.

The OHRAB History Day Award recognizes research projects that demonstrate exceptional use of Ohio primary sources.  Ohio primary sources are those either created in Ohio or held in an Ohio repository and represent a first-hand account contemporaneous with events or people researched.

Riddle was recognized in the Senior category for his paper “How Can You Run When You Know?” Neil Young’s “Ohio”, the Kent State Incident, and Musical Protest During the Vietnam War.  Stanton received the OHRAB History Day Award in the Junior category for his paper Sheppard v. Maxwell: The Right to a Fair Trial Takes the Stand.

More information on these projects and the awards program can be found on our History Day Awards page.

8 Ohio Archives Grants Awarded for 2017

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board awarded Ohio Archives Grants to eight institutions:

  • City of Alliance, Alliance, OH: Preservation and Digitization of Alliance City Documents ($3,955)
  • The Dawes Arboretum, Newark, OH: The Dawes Arboretum Journal Scanning Project ($860)
  • Historical Society of Mt. Pleasant,Ohio, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, OH: Conservation of Historic Ledgers ($846)
  • New Straitsville History Group, New Straitsville, OH: Digitization and Preservation of Large Format Photographs, Documents and Coal Mining Maps ($3,795)
  • Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH: Preservation, Organization and Storage of Historic Portsmouth, OH Newspapers ($4,000)
  • Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Mount Saint Joseph, OH: Digitizing and Sharing Rare Cincinnati-based Historical Resources ($1,912.37)
  • Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, Wilmington, OH: Peace Resource Center Preservation Project ($4,031)
  • Worthington Historical Society, Worthington, OH: Providing Digitial Access to Historic Images, Documents and Ephemera on Worthington Memory ($600)

The Ohio Archives Grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) Grants program.

Please visit our Ohio Archives Grant Program for more information.

Advocacy Alert!

OHRAB seeks your help in contacting Congress to support the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).  A division of the National Archives, the NHPRC’s mission is to provide opportunities for the American people to discover and use records that increase understanding of our democracy, history and culture.  This includes opportunities right here in Ohio.  Since 1976, $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded to 50 projects across the state to establish archival programs, preserve documents and digitize and make accessible records.

The NHPRC also funds OHRAB and its activities.  This includes an annual regrant program that preserves and provides access to Ohio’s historical records.  Since 2011, 73 projects have been funded under this program.  In addition, funding from the NHPRC provided electronic records management training to hundreds of Ohioans, helping to ensure that tomorrow’s records will also be preserved.

What can you do?  If your representative is on the House Appropriations Committee (David Joyce R-14th District, Marcy Kaptur D-9th District and Tim Ryan D-13th District) please share a story about how the NHPRC has benefited your district or Ohio and ask that he or she support the NHPRC’s budget of $6 million.  If your representative is not on the committee, please ask that they contact members of the committee to express support for the NHPRC.  You can find your representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.  

Sample Script:

Dear [Member of Congress]

I am [emailing/calling/writing/contacting you] on behalf of the [name of organization] to express support for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.  I led a project for the [name of organization] which received a grant from the NHPRC to [briefly describe project.]  This project has had an important impact on the community and public, specifically [briefly describe impact.]  

Thank you for your consideration.

Governor Kasich Appoints 1 New Board Member

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) welcomes one new member appointed by Governor Kasich: Tina Ratcliff, County Records and Information Manager, Montgomery County

She will begin her tenure at the May meeting of OHRAB, and will serve until at least the end of March 2020, when she will be eligible for reappointment. Board members may serve a total of three 3-year terms on the Board.

Governor Kasich Appoints 2 New Board Members

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) welcomes two new members appointed by Governor Kasich:

  • Cindy Hofner, Clerk of Courts for Wood County
  • Russ Pollitt, Genealogy Subject Specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library

They will begin their tenure at the May meeting of OHRAB, and will serve until at least the end of March 2019, when they will be eligible for reappointment. Board members may serve a total of three 3-year terms on the Board.

2017 Ohio Archives Grant Program

OHRAB announces the availability of grants between $500 and $5,000 to archival institutions to fund projects to preserve and/or provide access to Ohio’s historical records.  The grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State Board Programming Grants. Projects eligible for funding in 2017 include:

  • Assessment and Strategic Planning: hiring consultants to identify needs and priorities for improving the organization, description, preservation and access to collections.
  • Access, Arrangement and Description: identifying, organizing, and improving access to historical records.
  • Preservation: purchasing archival file folders, archival boxes, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, hygrothermographs, or HEPA vacuum cleaners.
  • Website Development: Adding collections to online catalog, developing virtual archives, or creating an on-line database. Websites designed to support access to researchers (e.g., online catalogs, finding aids, and digitized collections, rather than curated web exhibits) will receive preference in funding.

Grant applications are due February 28, 2017.  More information on the grants, including the application packet, is available here.

Call for Proposals: Keeping History Alive – Society of Ohio Archivists 2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 Society of Ohio Archivists’ Annual meeting–Keeping History Alive–will be held Friday, May 19 at the Quest Business and Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240. Kathleen Williams, Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) will be the Plenary Speaker.

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-workshops, 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 https://goo.gl/forms/XDyBD72rhRlraMg73

More meeting details will appear as they develop at http://www.ohioarchivists.org/annual_conference/

Questions? Please contact:

Janet Carleton (carleton@ohio.edu) or Collette McDonough (cmcdonough@kettering.org)

Cochairs, Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee


*Separate from the Call for Proposals, 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, Devhra@Lloydlibrary.org, Lloyd Library, 917 Plum St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

OHRAB 2016 Achievement Award presented to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

OHRAB 2016 Achievement Award presented to Greene County Records Center and Archives

Representatives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives receive one of two 2016 Achievement Awards from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB). Pictured are Director of Archives Jennie Thomas; Senior Director of Library and Archives Andy Leach; and OHRAB Board Member Meghan Hays (Shaker Heights Public Library).

OHRAB 2016 Achievement Award presented to Greene County Records Center and Archives

Presentation of 2016 OHRAB Achievement Award to Greene County Records Center adn Archives

Representatives of Greene County receive one of the two 2016 Achievement Awards from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB). Pictured are Commissioner Bob Glaser, Public Outreach Coordinator Elise Kelly, Archival Assistant Joan Donovan, OHRAB Board Member Galen Wilson (National Archives), Records Manager & Archivist Robin Heise (holding plaque), Commissioner Tom Koogler, OHRAB Board Member Dawne Dewey (Wright State University, Special Collections & Archives), Graduate Intern Erix Infante (Wright State University – Public History), Commissioner Alan Anderson.