History seminar set in Wapak

Historians from across the state will soon be gathering in Wapakoneta.

The Auglaize County Historical Society is hosting a regional conference, aimed at bringing together historians from across Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 16 at St. Joseph Church Parish Life Center.

The theme for the conference is “Connecting Treasured Pasts & Bright Futures.”

“We’re excited to bring historians from throughout the area and the state to Auglaize County and Wapakoneta, especially during our anniversary year,” Auglaize County Historical Society Administrator Rachel Barber said. “We know that everyone will give them a warm welcome, and hope they come to realize how important history is to our citizens.”

The day-long event will include workshops, break-out sessions, and a time for sharing among historians and organizations, Barber said.

Auglaize County Commissioner Don Regula is scheduled to give the official welcome to the conference attendees.

Presenters at the event will include representatives from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Ohio Historical Society, Heritage Ohio, Wright State University and the Clark and Logan county historical societies, to name a few.

In addition, Wapakoneta native Amber Ruppert Schmerge, of Main Street Greenville, is tabbed to be a guest speaker.

Barber shared the conference is one of several regional meetings of the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA), whose work is administered by the staff of the Ohio Historical Society’s Local History Office.

Auglaize County is located in OLHA’s region 7, which also includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties.

The brochure for the event notes “Historical societies are the keepers of their communities’ treasured pasts, but how do you use that past to ensure your organization’s, and therefore that past’s, future?”