Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Museum Center to host 'historic' meeting

Fifty local and regional historical societies have been invited to participate in a day of networking and discussion on October 6 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The event will give these groups the opportunity to share knowledge and resources and to explore ways in which they can better connect with their communities. 

Representatives will also be able to explore the ways in which the Cincinnati Museum Center's more than 40,000 books, 50,000 pamphlets, 60,000 architectural drawing and more than 1 million images can help their organizations with research.

The program kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and networking session, followed by opening remarks from Cincinnati Historical Society Library director Ruby Rogers.

Kenneth Reis, floor operations specialist for the Duke Energy Children's Museum and co-founder and president of the Campbell County Historical Society, will close out the event with a discussion focused on best practices for historical societies.

"Cincinnati Museum Center has a unique opportunity because historical societies are people who love history and we have a building that is full of history," Reis says. "We have so much to offer them through natural science, but especially history and the Cincinnati Historical Society's library and archives; all that will be a benefit to historical societies. Sitting down with other historical societies, discussing what works and what doesn't work and how best to make usage of your limited resources is extremely important to everyone associated with a historical society."

Groups have until October 2 to register for the event. One complimentary reservation will be given to each representative per historical society, with a $10 charge for additional guests.

To register, contact Sarah McManus at (513) 287-7074 or by e-mail at