"I do, we do, you do"

Since 2010, the Ohio History Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program, has been working with local history organizations and communities in each of the Ohio Local History Alliance’s 10 regions throughout the state. They provide coaching and training in completing activities suggested by the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH)’s STEPS program to help organizations become more effective and sustainable, and help communities take the first step in historic preservation. Through member-facilitated assistance, organizations gain an increased knowledge of the public history field’s standards and best practices and/or the creation of new programs, policies and procedures that meet those standards, such as:

  • Historic site survey
  • Collection digitization
  • Capacity building for local historical organizations
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Event planning
  • Cultivating partnerships
  • K-12 education outreach
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2022-2023 Program Year Applications Open!

Ohio History Connection is accepting applications for AmeriCorps Members to serve in the Ohio History Service Corps. We will select 10 members to serve around the state. Please check out the FAQ and Position Description before you apply.

Members commit to a full year of service from Sept. 12, 2022 - Aug. 31, 2023. Benefits include a living allowance ($20,000), health insurance, eligibility for SNAP and childcare assistance, professional development, and the ability for members to place qualifying student loans into forbearance for the duration of their service term. Additionally, members who successfully complete 1700 hours of service will receive an education award the equivalent of a Pell Grant ($6,495).

 

2022-2023 Ohio History Service Corps FAQ

2022-2023 Ohio History Service Corps Position Description

How does the Ohio History Service Corps work?

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Members are hosted at sites in regions across the state where they provide capacity-building services to their local communities and history organizations. Spending 50% of their time at their host sites, Local History members help with projects ranging from collections management, program development, facilitating and building youth programming, and developing and training volunteers. The other 50% of members' time is dedicated to assisting local organizations - many of which are volunteer - to identify and develop plans and procedures to become more effective in engaging current and future audiences.

Community Surveyors help communities take the first step in historic preservation. Surveyor members complete research and document the built environment within the communities across the state. They complete Ohio Historic Inventory forms of structures and places representing underrepresented populations, historically significant events and buildings constructed between 1945-1970.

Members serve a 1-year term with the opportunity to serve two additional 1-year terms. In that short time members leave a lasting impact on the communities they serve. While members can make a lasting impact on the communities they serve and provide assistance with capacity-building projects, there are a few activities members are not permitted to engage with.

Interested in hosting an Ohio History Service Corps member?

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We anticipate opening applications for prospective host sites in January of 2023. Please reach out to Program Manager Dr. Betsy Hedler with questions.

Interested in working with an Ohio History Service Corps member?

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See the Member Directory below to find contact information for the member nearest you!

Alumni Engagement

The Ohio History Service Corps alumni continue to impact their communities serving in various roles in museums, archives, as architectural consultants, independent contractors, and other non-profits and in international business. Members of past years regularly engage with current members through professional development sessions and events including a “Life After AmeriCorps” training for current members. Alumni participate in resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, tips for making the most of the last few months of service and provide unique perspectives from those who served.

Alumni, interested in getting engaged and re-connect with fellow members? Get in touch to update your information today!

Local History Member - Region 3

Jen Neuhaus
Lorain Historical Society

440-245-2563
Local History Member - Region 3

Erin Robichaud
Oberlin Heritage Center

440-774-1700
Local History Member - Region 4

Jessica Baloun
Youngstown State University
DeBartolo Hall Room 529

330-941-3459
Local History Member - Region 4

Olivia Beebe
Trumbull County Historical Society

330-394-4653
Local History Member – Region 7

Alexis Butterworth
Logan County History Center

937-593-7557
Local History Member - Region 7

Daniel Willis
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

937-376-4944 x2217
Local History Member – Region 9

Chris Bush
Southeast Ohio History Center

740-592-2280
Local History Member - Region 9

Amanda Wachowiak
Shawnee State University

740-351-3267
Community Surveyor Member

Emily Spezia-Shwiff
Cleveland Landmarks Commission

216-664-2919

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ServeOhio

Ohio History Connection's Ohio History Service Corps AmeriCorps program is made possible with a grant from ServeOhio and a matching grant by Ohio History Connection with costs being partially offset by host site fees and donations to Ohio History Connection.

ServeOhio is Ohio’s Governor-appointed Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Their mission is to strengthen Ohio communities through AmeriCorps and volunteer engagement by supporting and funding programs and initiatives that engage thousands of Ohioans of all ages.