The Ohio Local History Alliance, a 360 member organization that works to advance the field of history in Ohio through advocacy, education, communication, outreach and collaboration, recently announced its new slate of officers for 2019-2020.
Wendy Zucal, Executive Director of the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum in Dennison, has assumed the role of president, filling the shoes of immediate past president, Todd McCormick, Director/Curator of the Logan County Historical Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
The complete slate of officers includes Leann Rich, External Relations Manager at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society in Youngstown, Ohio as First Vice President; Ruth Brindle, Executive Co-Director at Mainstreet Wilminton in Wilmington, Ohio as Second Vice President; Kathy Fernandez, former Director of Historic Zoar Village in Zoar, Ohio as Treasurer; and Rebecca Urban, Office Manager of the Peninsula Foundation in Peninsula, Ohio as Secretary.
The Alliance represents organizations ranging from small nieghborhood historical societies to large history museums. Together, they leverage individual and collective resources to help all sites improve on their relevance and achieve excellence. The Alliance conducts regional spring meetings in ten regions of Ohio, workshops throughout the year and an annual conference in October in Columbus. Other activites include the Alliance's bi-monthly newsletter (the Local Historian), and annual Outstanding Achievement Awards. The Alliance, through its twenty-three person board of trustees, provides direction and oversight for these programs. The Alliance board also serves as the nucleus of a network of organizations and individuals interested in all aspects of community history in Ohio.
Zucal shares that she has been an Alliance member ever since the Dennison Depot opened in 1989. "As a new museum, we relied heavily on the support and knowledge we recieved from the strong partnership between the Ohio History Connection's Local History Office and Alliance members. Our success, which has made us a National Historic Landmark, is a direct result of guidance we received from working closley with both to support Ohio History."
The Alliance works closely with the Ohio History Connection's Local History Services that administers and coordinates all Alliance Programs. Betsy Hedler, Ohio History Connection Partnerships Coordinator and Executive Secretary of the Alliance added: "The Ohio History Connection values the work the Ohio Local History Alliance does to support local historians throughout Ohio. Our partnership with the Alliance is one way in which we fulfill our mission to embrace the present, share the past and transform the future.
Zucal encourages local history organizations or any indivudal with a passion for Ohio History to check out the Ohio Local History Alliance at www.ohiolha.org.