Ohio Humanities e-News| September 2017
Civil Rights Heroes
Hillsboro's "Marching Mothers" to be inducted into Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Gathering to celebrate the opening ofThe Lincoln School Story at the Highland House Museum in Hillsboro on June3, 2017

The Hillsboro Marching Mothers and Children of the 1954 fight for school integration will be inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame on October 5 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

The brave actions these families took to ensure a high-quality education for their children is part of the dramatic story of how Hillsboro, Ohio, became the first Northern test case of the US Supreme Court's landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education, which ordered an end to sanctioned school segregation.

Ohio Humanities first became aware of this story through conversations with members of the Highland County Historical Society. Since then we have supported their exploration of this story with two grants and the lead article in our magazine, Pathways. Read it HERE!

Marching to integrate Hillsboro's schools in the 1950s. (photo courtesy of Highland County Historical Society)
"As we have been invited into the story of these women, we have continually been impressed by their bravery and fortitude," said Ohio Humanities Assistant Director David Merkowitz. "To make a stand for their children's education is hard enough, to make that stand in the fraught environment of 1950s America when Jim Crow still existed is that much more impressive. These women embodied the values of the Civil Rights Movement with its emphasis on perseverance through non-violent protest and reliance on and faith in the judicial system to do what is right."

So often the story of civil rights in Ohio focuses on the larger cities, but in a small, rural southwest Ohio town, these women and their daughters made sure the promise of equal education would be made real. Their lives after this defining moment further exemplify the best of Ohio values.

Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio
Programs encourage dialogue, planning around critical issues

Ku Klux Klan parade, 1926. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
The unrest and discord hitting streets and living rooms across the country have torn families apart, driven wedges between friends and colleagues, and stymied the country's political process. In response to this growing national concern, the National Endowment for the Humanities launched its Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity initiative in 2016. As part of this national initiative, Ohio Humanities developed programming to assist Ohioans as they examine what it means to live in a pluralistic society. We are committed to being an active partner in helping Ohioans break down the barriers that prevent us from listening to one another. Overcoming the divisions in our society cannot be accomplished without a willingness and ability to hear each other.

Need Help Having a Conversation about Race and Ethnicity?

The following presentations are available for civic and nonprofit organizations to host thoughtful community dialogue about the difficult issues of race and ethnicity. Each scholar uses a national and statewide framework to explore where we've been, where we are, and to weigh the question, where do we want to be? These moderated discussions emphasize the value in recognizing the common threads that bind us all together.

For full information and eligibility requirements, click HERE .

The Race and Ethnicity Speaker's Bureau

The Community Within: African American History in Rural Ohio

Director, Law & Society Program, Kenyon College

The Jewish and Interfaith Experience in Ohio

Executive Director, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

Ohio's KKK of the 1920s: Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics

Professor, History and Religious Studies, University of Dayton

Race, Racism, and the U.S. Women's Movement: From Seneca Falls to the 2017 Women's March

Director and Professor, American Studies Program, Miami University 

Way Up North in Dixie

Professor Emeritus at Kenyon College

Ohio Chautauqua Partner Honored
Debbie Saunders honored by Governor Kasich, Ohio Library Council

Debbie Saunders
Debbie Saunders
Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed Deborah L. Saunders, Director of the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library of Gallia County, to his Executive Workforce Board. The Board is charged with identifying ways to prepare and continuously retrain Ohioans of all ages for in-demand jobs.

Saunders has been a key partner for Ohio Chautauqua in Gallipolis.

Saunders also was recently selected as the Librarian of the Year by the Ohio Library Council's Awards and Honors Committee. She will be recognized for her achievements at the Awards and Honors Luncheon, Oct. 4, during the OLC's 2017 Convention and Expo in Dayton. Saunders joins an elite list of honorees who have demonstrated remarkable dedication to providing exceptional library service to their communities. Read more HERE.
Staff News
Change is in the air as Ohio Humanities staff shift roles

The departure of Ohio Humanities' Outreach Coordinator last April set in motion a cascade of job changes. "It's great to have a talented and flexible staff who can seamlessly move into other opportunities as they arise," said Executive Director Pat Williamsen.

Missy Ricksecker Named Communications Director
After completing the 2017 Ohio Chautauqua tour, project coordinator Missy Ricksecker assumed responsibility for outreach and communications.

Program Coordinator Jim Calder Shifts Focus to Digital Humanities
Jim Calder, who has managed Ohio Humanities' Speakers Bureau for six years, will now focus on the council's digital projects, including SeeOhioFirst.org.

Erin Jansen Promoted to Program Coordinator
With Missy and Jim shifting their responsibilities, we needed another program coordinator to manage Ohio Chautauqua and the Speakers Bureau. Erin Jansen, who has been the council's administrative assistant for the past year and-a-half, has been promoted to this position.

Now Hiring: Office Assistant

Full-time duties include general office chores, answering telephone/email, mail distribution, records management, database entry, meeting arrangements, assisting program staff as needed. For more information click HERE.

National History Club Seeks Members
Learn more about this great teacher resource!

Looking to involve your students this year in history outside the classroom to further engage their passion for the subject? Then consider forming a history club at your school and joining the National History Club (NHC)! 

Since 2002, schools in 44 states have joined the NHC and there are over 16,000 student members. The NHC's main goal is to bring together students and teachers with a love for history, helping history clubs learn from each other's ideas, experiences, and stories, which are distributed through the organization's tri-annual Newsletter, monthly eUpdates, and other communication methods. Clubs can participate in award programs such as the History Student of the Year, the National History Scholars Society, and the Lessons of Leadership contest to further engage and reward their student members. 

Find more information including how to join  HERE .
Calendar of Fall Events
Don't miss these upcoming Ohio Humanities-sponsored projects and events

James R. Hopkins,  Market Day In the Mountains. Collection of The Ohio State University Faculty Club.

Faces of the Heartland: James Roy Hopkins at Springfield Museum of Art

On Saturday, September 23, from 4-5 p.m., the Springfield Museum of Art will host art historian Dr. Erin Corrales-Diaz. Her talk, "Appalachia Exposed: Representing the Mountain South in American Regionalism"is one of the opening weekend public programs for the exhibition Faces of the Heartland: James Roy Hopkins, organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio.

Dr. Corrales-Diaz's talk will immediately precede the opening reception for the exhibition and will place Hopkins in the context of his time, when artists were celebrating emotional expression over realism at the same time the camera was giving rise to documentary photography's ability to capture raw, un-interpreted views.

For more information click HERE.

Six-Word Stroll and Share

Be sure to register early for the highly popular Six Word Stroll and Share on September 27 in the Short North neighborhood in Columbus. Tour up to four nearby murals and engage in docent-led conversations about mural themes. Tours are followed by a 90-minute six-word story writing workshop Six-Word Stroll and Share.

Click HERE to register for the tour.

Image courtesy of Goodyear Collection University of Akron Archives.
Blimp! Sports, Broadcasting and the Goodyear Airship

Blimp!, a documentary about the iconic Goodyear airship, has been named an official selection of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. Directed by Kathleen Endres, the film will be shown on Saturday, October 7, at 10:30 a.m. For more info about the festival and to purchase tickets click HERE.

The public premiere of the film is Tuesday, October 10, at the Daum Theatre on the University of Akron campus. A reception will follow at the TV studio, featuring a panel discussion with two humanities scholars -- Clayton Koppes of Oberlin and Leslie Heaphy of Kent State.

Initial broadcast of the film is scheduled for October 16 on Western Reserve Public Media.

Free Historic Zoar Speaker Series

October 7 , the Historic Zoar Bicentennial Speaker Series will feature three speakers in conjunction with Zoar's Heimatfest.

Dr. R. Douglas Hurt will discuss the Society of Separatists work in agriculture. The second speaker, Dr. Eberhard Fritz, will speak about the lives of the Separatists in the German state of Wuerttemberg prior to immigrating to the United States. The third speaker is Dr. Richard Selig.

Click HERE to learn more.

James Montgomery Flagg,  I want you for U.S. Army: nearest recruiting station, 1917 ; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The Yanks Are Coming:
America in the Great War, 1917-1919

This continuing series of free events, sponsored by Lorain County Community College, features the following presentations by Dr. George Vourlojianis:

One of History's Noblest Dreams: The War to End All Wars and the Paris Peace Conference of 1919
October 11 at Lorain County Community College (Elyria)

The March toward Total War: Germany's Doctrine of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the Sinking of RMS Lusitania
October 16  at Avon Lake Public Library
October 18 at Lakewood Public Library

All programs begin at 7 p.m. Click HERE to learn more.

11th Annual Books by the Banks

The entire family will enjoy Books by the Banks, a free day-long event held October 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Duke Convention Center in Cincinnati. National, regional, and local authors, as well as illustrators, will present panel discussions, book readings, and workshops.  

For more information, visit the event's website HERE.

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