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Workshops and Webinars

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Local History Office and Ohio Local History Alliance Workshops

Ohio Local History Alliance Webinar Series

September 10, 1:30 pm. Building your Brand: Creating Your Story and Sharing Your History, presented by Molly Miller of Molly Miller Design. Ms. Miller has served as a designer/project manager on national and international cultural, retail, entertainment and mixed use projects. Her presentation will provide key information on what your brand communicates to your visitors and how you can use it to forge a critical connection to transfer visitors from your home page through your front door. You will learn how to utilize your website, create creative posts to social media, and how ideas can translate into an exciting overall visitor experience at your location.  View the recording of this webinar.  (Note: To view the recording, you must be registered for the webinar.)

September 30, 1:30 pm.  Choosing Design Software presented by Leann Rich, Manager of Education and External Relations at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.  Most local history museums simply can't afford a full-time material designer.  So, the development of brochures, advertisements, exhibit labels, and marketing materials usually falls to a person who is already wearing many other hats.  This webinar will help you identify the capabilities of different software design programs and choose which one best fits your organization's needs.  View the recording of this webinar. (Note: To view the recording, you must be registered for the webinar.)

October 30, 1:30pm.  Document Design - What Works and What Doesn't, presented by Corey Cockerill, Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Wilmington College.  Creating effect promotional materials through best practices in: fonts, formats, features, and phrases.  In this webinar, participants will learn about document design - what works and what doesn't - and will explore graphic design features in a variety of popular desktop software programs and applications. Register online.  Registration closes October 28.

November 18, 1:30pm.  Museums and Internships.  Megan Pellegrino of Walsh University and Mandy Altimus Pond of the Massillon Museum will discuss the value of interns for museums, how to manage interns from the museum's standpoint, creating relationships and partnerships with universities, and what universities require for credit earning internships.  View the free recording here

2014 History Fund Help Webinars

History Fund Help webinars will walk applicants through the application, offer tips to make the process go smoothly, and answer your questions.  You can view recordings of this year's webinars and learn more about the History Fund here.

The Ohio History Connection offers a variety of workshops of interest to the local history community. 

January 15, 7-9pm. Genealogy Webinar: Getting Started on Your Genealogy. Learn how research tools like vital statistics, census records, land records, and probate files can help you build your family tree.  We'll also provide you with additional resources like military records, church records, and newspapers that will help light the way for your research journey. $20; $15/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or

January 17, 9:30-11:30am. Tracing Your House's History. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont.  Learn how to use printed and online sources to track down the owners and history of a property through deeds, Sanborn maps, city directories, tax records, and other sources with Hayes Head Librarian Becky Hill. $10, $5/student. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or

January 17, February 15 & 22, March 22, April 11, & May 16, 10am-5pm. Make Your Own Civil War Era Clothing.  Ohio History Center, Columbus.  Build your own period wardrobe with our help.  We provide workspace, power outlets, and experienced staff.  You provide your own pattern, fabric, thread, notions, and sewing machine.  Each workshop features original Civil War-era garments for you to examine.  Workshops are limited to to 14 participants and include a 30-minute lunch break (bring your own lunch).  Once registered, you'll receive a list of approved patterns, fabric yardage, and notion's you'll need for each item.

Jan 17: Carpetbag.  Make a 19th-century-style carpetbag - a great way to get some sewing practice before starting a larger project.
Feb. 15 & 22: Spoon Bonnet. Make a bonnet using a kit that comes with a pre-made bonnet form.  Register early to allow time to order your kit.
March 22: Petticoat. Create a petticoat, which women of the 1860s used for support and modesty.  A corded petticoat helps hold a dress or skirt out like a hoop.
April 11 & May 16: Dress.  Learn how to make a simple 1860s style work dress that will teach you techniques you can use to make other dresses of the period.  Fabrics must be approved before the workshop.

​$60/one-part workshop; $120/two-part workshop; $200/all six workshops. Advance registration required. Fee does not include the cost of patterns, materials, or notions. 800.686.1541

February 21, 10:30am-12:30pm. Genealogy Workshop: Beginning Your African American Genealogy. Ohio History Center, Columbus. Discover your African American family story. With experienced researcher Gayle Wilson as your guide, get help in locating and using resources at the Ohio History Center that are specific to African American family history. $20; $15/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or

February 21, 9:30-11:30am. Beginning Genealogy Class. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont.  Learn the basics of putting together your own family history in this class led by experienced genealogists from our Hayes Presidential Center staff.  Get instruction in creating your family tree, finding sources of information, and using resources available in the Hayes Research Library, including computers. $10, $5/student. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or

The Ohio History Connection’s Creative Learning Factory offers webinars on Ohio’s history.

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