The Ohio Historical Society is seeking an AmeriCorps service member to join the Ohio History Service Corps at Dennison Railroad Depot Museum in Dennison, Ohio. The Ohio History Service Corps is an AmeriCorps State program created by the Ohio Historical Society and statewide partners to promote local history, historic preservation and tourism. We welcome applicants looking for experience in community outreach, event planning, public history, K-12 history education, public relations, and tourism.
Position Description: Ten Civil War 150 (CW150) Leadership Corps members will be hosted at partner sites throughout Ohio. Corps members will serve as the coordinator and information clearinghouse for the Civil War commemoration initiatives in their region and will focus on volunteer recruitment and heritage tourism. Service members assist their host organization and other regional organizations with collaborating and building capacity for educational and public programming; special events, and regional initiatives. Members will provide ideas for, plan and lead three of the following five activities, depending on needs of the region and host site as well as the member's skills and interest, during their service time: a) A regional volunteer fair, b) Heritage tourism efforts, such as walking or bus tours or packaging with a convention and visitor bureau (CVB) regional organization, c) Application submissions to the Park Service's Network to Freedom, d) K-12 education outreach, (ex. assisting with History Day; creating teacher resource packages, and/or e) Regional commemoration events. This position is located at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum.
Program Description: The Ohio Historical Society and its statewide partners developed the Ohio History Service Corps to promote sustainable community development and heritage tourism in Ohio. The Corps consists of three components: Civil War 150 Leadership Corps, to initiate educational programming and regional special events; Ohio History Tech Corps, to provide digitization of historic resources and develop an oral history program; and Historic Preservation Corps, to inventory historic buildings, support community revitalization, and assist local preservation
Program Benefits: AmeriCorps members pledge to “get things done” in local communities. In exchange for their service, the members earn a living stipend, are eligible for health insurance, and may receive an Education Award of $5500 to further their education or pay off existing school loans. Members receive top-notch training in volunteer management, meeting facilitation, leadership, communication, community development and more.
Terms: Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off hours.
Skills: Communications, Community Organization, Public Speaking, Writing/Editing.
Start Date: 11/1/11
End Date: 9/30/12
Application Deadline: October 25, 2011
Contact: Mary Cannon
Ohio Historical Society
P: 614-297-2392 or 614-297-2342