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Kent State to Host Ohio Local History Alliance Regional Meeting

Posted Mar. 10, 2014

Kent State University will host one of the nine Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) regional meetings on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the May 4 Visitors Center. Local history organizations and leaders from Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull counties are invited to participate in the event.

The meeting will include a digitization workshop, a tour of the School of Library and Information Science MuseLab, a tour of the May 4 Visitors Center and an outdoor walking tour of the May 4 Memorial.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Moulton Hall and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. The digitization workshop will follow and focus on a case study on the May 4 digital archive by conveying the shooting’s events in visual formats.

Andy Verhoff, local history coordinator for the Ohio Historical Society who administers OLHA programs, says attendees will have the opportunity to share what is going on in their organization during “Sharing Time.”

“It’s a very popular segment during the meeting,” says Verhoff. “Participants really enjoy helping each other and learning how other organizations are succeeding.”

The day will end by 4 p.m. with a walking tour of the May 4 site led by Alan Canfora, a former Kent State student who was wounded during the shootings.

Participants or organizations must register by April 7. The cost is $25 for OLHA members and $35 for non-members.

For more information about the OLHA Regional Meetings, visit www.ohiohistory.org/local-history-office/professional-development/alliance-regional-meetings.