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2020 Annual Meeting: Archiving 100 Years of Change

The Society of Ohio Archivists is returning to Columbus for its 2020 annual meeting! In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, this year’s theme will focus on documenting social change.

The conference hashtag is #soaam20.

Stephanie Bricking ( and William Modrow (, Co-Chairs, Society of Ohio Archivists’ Educational Programming Committee.

Plenary Speaker: Kimberly Hamlin

Kimberly A. Hamlin portraitKimberly A. Hamlin, PhD is an award-winning historian, speaker, and writer. Her book, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener reveals the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment. Free Thinker received support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. Appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Bureau, Hamlin speaks about the history of women, gender, and sex across the country. A regular contributor to the Washington Post, Hamlin’s research has also been featured in NPR and CBC radio, Vice,, among other outlets, and she has contributed to several PBS documentaries. Hamlin is currently helping to organize commemorations of the 2020 suffrage centennial, and she serves as historical consultant to the Bearded Lady Project, now on view at the National Museum of Natural History. Hamlin lives in Cincinnati, where she cohosts the Mercantile Library’s “Women You Should Know” Book Series and teaches at Miami University in Oxford. Visit or on Twitter @ProfessorHamlin for more.



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Location: Columbus Metro Library, Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215. Google map.

Lodging: There are many close by hotels in Columbus. Details coming soon

Lactation RoomsComing soon

Thursday Preconference Workshop

Opening Doors: Outreach with Archives and Special Collections

After a history of closed doors and limited access, outreach has become essential to getting the public engaged with special collections and archives. This workshop will address the various ways that archivists and special collections librarians can better reach out to our user communities and cultivate new ones. We will have 5 presenters from different types of archives or special collections libraries: academic libraries, government records centers, and local historical societies. They will each will discuss their outreach efforts and provide their tips and tricks for improving your outreach efforts, no matter the size of your institution and staff. In collaboration with the Special Collections & Archives interest group (SCAig) of ALAO.

Time and Place: May 14, 2020, 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library (includes lunch!)

Costs: $30 for SOA/ALAO SCAig members; $35 for non-members; $20 for students

Thursday Evening Mixer: Coming soon

Schedule & Program

Coming soon!