Local History Corps

Regional Local History Corps Members

Northwest Ohio
Ohio Local History Alliance Region 1

Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Henry, Defiance, Paulding, Putnam, Hardin, Allen, Van Wert

Deb Wickerham
Hancock Historical Museum, 422 West Sandusky Street, Findlay, OH 45840
Email: redwick80@aol.com
Phone: (419) 306-9723

I recently retired from 36 years of teaching. I have always had a love of children and history. When I saw the opportunity to serve at the Hancock Historical Museum and work with their educational program, I was very excited. This will give me a chance to do what I love - teach children about history. By doing this, I will be able to give back to my community. I am looking forward to creating hands-on history for teachers and students, along with helping to create exciting historical events within the community and surrounding areas

North Central Ohio
Ohio Local History Alliance Region 2

Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Seneca, Huron, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Morrow, Marion

Shannon Murphy
Sandusky Maritime Museum, 125 Meigs Street, Sandusky, OH 44870
Email: sanduskymaritimeregion2@gmail.com
Phone: (419) 624-0274

Currently, I am working on a Bachelor's degree in history education to teach 8th grade history.  This is my first year in AmeriCorps, and I love every minute of it.  I am helping the Maritime Museum of Sandusky and the Liberty Aviation Museum on curriculum guides for their museums.

Northeast Ohio - Cleveland Area
Ohio Local History Alliance Region 3

Lorain, Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Lake

Jen Graham
Oberlin Heritage Center, 73 ½ South Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Email: jen.graham@oberlinheritage.org
Phone: (440) 774-1700

I joined the 2013 OHSC because I am interested in how local history organizations can serve and help build their communities. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and I graduated from Oberlin College in 2012 with an honors degree in early U.S. history. Since graduation, I have been living and working in Northeast Ohio doing historical interpretation and free-lance research. I am very excited to learn more about the region's rich history. My historical interests include women's history, local history, costumed interpretation, and educational programming. I enjoy working with the public, but I am also very eager to learn the in's and out's of museum management.

Northeast Ohio - Youngstown Area
Ohio Local History Alliance Regions 4 &5

Ashabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Geauga, Columbiana, Jefferson

Arielle Lester
Center of Labor and Industry/Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555
Email: ajlester@ysu.edu
Phone: (330) 941-3452

I have loved history since I was a child, thanks to my parents, who often took our family on historic trips. This interest remained throughout my college years at Youngstown State University, where I completed several graduate research assistantships and an archival photo collection project at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor for the Images of America book Youngstown. During my undergraduate and graduate years, I did local education outreach at high schools and local historical societies and wished to expand this effort. I truly appreciate what AmeriCorps has to offer on a professional level and its position as a platform to improve others' knowledge of and love for history.

West Central Ohio
Ohio Local History Alliance Region 7

Mercer, Auglaize, Logan, Champaign, Shelby, Miami, Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Clark

Steve Littleton
Shelby County Historical Society, 201 N. Main Avenue, Sidney, OH 45365-0376
Email: stevelittleton@gmail.com
Phone: (937) 498-1653

I am originally from Northwest Ohio. My high school history teacher inspired my love of history. I eventually enrolled at the University of Toledo where I completed my B.A. and M.A. specializing in the Native American history of Ohio. During the summer of 2005 I began working at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument as a seasonal park ranger. This experience with public history and the tourist industry influenced my decision to complete a Ph.D. program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The mission of the OHSC is exciting and engaging. I am using my research, public speaking, and writing skills to assist organizations in their efforts to preserve and share their history in West Central Ohio.

Central Ohio

Ohio Local History Alliance Region 6

Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Fayette, Pickaway, Fairfield, Licking, Knox

Laura Herron
Ohio Historical Society Local History Office, 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
Email: lherron@ohiohistory.org
Phone: (614) 297-2344

My family is from the Western Reserve area of Ohio, where I lived my entire life before moving to Columbus six years ago. I'm currently finishing my Ph.D. in modern European history at The Ohio State University, having received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Kent State University. As the OHSC member for Central Ohio, I'm thrilled to be serving at one of America's great crossroads. Stories about the past are incredibly diverse in this region and there are many fantastic people committed to telling them through local history initiatives.  My host site, the Ohio Historical Society Local History Office enables me to use my training and experience to support these dedicated groups.

East Central Ohio
Ohio Local History Alliance Regions 5&10

Wayne, Stark, Carroll, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Holmes, Coshocton, Guernsey, Belmont, Muskingum


Southeast Ohio
Ohio Local History Alliance Regions 6,9, &10

Perry, Hocking, Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe

Dayton Edward Willison
Sunday Creek Associates, P.O. Box 97, Shawnee, OH 43782
Email: willisondayton@gmail.com
Phone: (740) 394-2660

I interviewed at Sunday Creek Associates and, while being interviewed, was taken up to the second floor of the partially restored Tecumseh Opera House. I was a theater major in college, and my first passion has always been theater. When I saw the space, even in its current state, I knew I wanted to be involved - bring back a place of the arts to a once booming town? How could I pass that up? I have been working to bring the arts and theater back to the opera house by using history. I am an arts program manager, and for me, it has helped me find myself as a professional in the work place and as a theatrical artist too.


Southwest Ohio - Chillicothe Area
Ohio Local History Alliance Regions 8&9

Clinton, Highland, Adams, Scioto, Lawrence, Pike, Ross

Kurrie Boddorf
Ross County Historical Society, 45 W. 5th Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Email: kboddorf@gmail.com
Phone: (740) 772-1936

My love of history was found through my love of art. In high school, my art teacher took this love to the next level when he started to teach the history behind the techniques we were using. Through this my love of art grew and changed to incorporate the history behind it. When I went off to college it seemed the simple choice my major would be art history. Through the art history program I was connected with a local history museum and started an internship. This experience made me realize how much great history Ohio has. My enjoyment and interest in this area continues to grow and is one of the reasons I joined the OHSC. This program allows me to use the skills I already have acquired, while teaching me important skills I need to grow. The best part of all is that while I'm getting these experiences, I'm also able to help keep our local history alive and connected to its communities.

Southwest Ohio - Cincinnati Area
Ohio Local History Alliance Region 8

Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Brown, Warren

Nancy Yerian
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Email: nyerian@cincymuseum.org
Phone: (513) 333-7697

I discovered my love of history museums while working as an interpreter in the Cincinnati History Museum through Cincinnati Museum Center's youth programs. I pursued this path through my undergraduate work at Smith College, majoring in history and completing a museums concentration. My museums concentration allowed me to fulfill several internships in the museum world, from the Smith College Museum of Art to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I am excited to explore new challenges this year, such as working with youth and furthering my skills in digital humanities.


Collections and Digitization at the Ohio Historical Society

Jessica Mayercin
Ohio Historical Society, 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
Email: jmayercin@ohiohistory.org
Phone: (614) 297-2570

After working in the archaeology and historic preservation field for three years, I wanted a career that would allow me to combine my love of objects with my interest in public history. A native of Columbus, Ohio, I attended graduate school at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) to earn my M.A. in history museum studies. While at CGP, I focused on collections management and material culture and continued my research in historic preservation. I am eager to help museums and historical societies across the state with collections management and digitization projects!

Carolyn Wavrin
Ohio Historical Society, 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
Email: cwavrin@ohiohistory.org
Phone: (614) 297—2581

I am in my second year as a member of the OHSC. I came to Ohio in September 2012 from New York State, where I was a graduate student at the University at Albany SUNY. My areas of interest are in public history and in digital media as a tool for "doing history." A native Minnesotan, I was a staff member at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for 26 years before moving to New York for graduate school. I have a strong interest in helping local history organizations with collections work and in using digital media to document and preserve history (especially oral history and aural/visual documentary). I enjoy learning about Ohio's history, people, and landscapes.


Community Revitalization and Preservation

Meghan Kaple
Heritage Ohio, 846 ½ Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205
Email: mkaple@heritageohio.org
Phone: (614) 258-6200

I graduated from Miami University in 2012 with a degree in architecture. After taking a year off to travel, I returned to Ohio in August 2013 to attend Ohio State University in pursuit of a Master's degree in city and regional planning. My education and service at Heritage Ohio are reflective of my interests in adaptive reuse architecture, community development, and the revitalization of inner cities.

Lindsay Marshall
Heritage Ohio, 846 ½ Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205
Email: lmarshall@heritageohio.org
Phone: (614) 258-6200

I am serving as a field preservationist at Heritage Ohio. I have a background in archaeology and cultural resource management, with a focus on historical archaeology and architectural history. My master's thesis focused on settlement patterns and the Americanization process that European immigrants in Carver County, MN went through as seen in the architecture of log structures. After grad school, I served a year with AmeriCorps in Austin, MN and then returned to the Twin Cities, where I volunteered and did contract work for museums. Among my projects this year, I will be forming a "young preservationists" organization, writing articles for our quarterly magazine and blog, creating a QR code initiative with Main Street communities, and launching a preservation podcast series. I'm looking forward to a fun and challenging year! 

Jennifer Gray
Preservation Ohio, 101 ½ North Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902
Email: jenniferg@downtownmansfield.com
Phone: (419) 522-0099

I am very excited to be part of the ongoing collaboration between AmeriCorps, Preservation Ohio, and Downtown Mansfield, Inc. I hope to aide all three of these organizations in their continued quest for community revitalization, preservation, and economic stimulation. I have always had a passion for history and architecture and am finally at a point in my life where I can turn these obsessions into a profession! More importantly, I look forward to reaching out to individuals in this community and promoting the importance of economic revitalization and the preservation of our past.

Nick Emenhiser
Cleveland Restoration Society, Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Email: nemenhiser@clevelandrestoration.org
Phone: (216) 426-1000

I am thrilled about the opportunity I have to take my work within Cleveland's non-profit planning sector to the next level. As a strong proponent of city planning and historic preservation, I was highly involved as an activist and community organizer back home in Oklahoma City and while working on my undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University. My primary interest in the planning field is transit-oriented development and retrofitting dated urban forms so that American cities may remain competitive.