Publishing and Presentations

Organizing Group Presentations by Carol Bodnar
The Jefferson Historical Society sponsored a talk on the blizzard of 1958. We asked Charlie Buck to moderate, and, between the two of us, invited a number of people who had experienced that snowfall to bring both pictures and recollections for discussion at the meeting. The pictures would be shown and the veterans of that snowfall were invited to discuss the picture and the recollections evoked. This paper is to give guidelines for setting up this type of presentation at other historical societies.
Objective: to organize a group-based presentation on local history

Computer and Scanner: Recording Photographic History by Gerry Stoner
Your historical society or library might want to host an open house so that people can bring in historic photographs and have them digitally scanned. A win-win situation, your society can access a large number of photographs and your neighbors receive high resolution copy/ies for giving to their friends and relations.
Objective: to set up the hardware for a town’s historic scanning party

Using a Computer and Projector With Group Presentations by Gerry Stoner
Audiovisual presentations such as PowerPoint have become very common in local history societies.
Objective: to provide guidelines for connecting your computer to a projector

Using a Scanner and Projector Simultaneously by Gerry Stoner
In situations where newly arrived photographs become the center of a discussion group, you need to scan and project the pictures simultaneously.
Objective: to provide guidelines for projecting one picture to an audience while simultaneously scanning and saving the next

Copyright Issues by Gerry Stoner
The bottom line on copyright is that significant research is necessary to accurately determine if a particular quotation is indeed protected by copyright, and this research most often is not worth the time or effort. And, thankfully, there is a way around this conundrum for those writing local history for non-profit purposes! — Fair Use
Objective: to understand the implications of fair use and to apply its concepts to evaluating your own work

Creating a Newsletter by Gerry Stoner
Examples of successful newsletters abound in the Northern Catskills, with a wealth of variation — from the semiannual Schoharie County Historical Review (5.5 x 8.5, 40 or more pages) to single-page flyers or emails reminding people to attend a forthcoming meeting.
Objective: to develop a newsletter model that meets the needs of your sponsors and is of interest to the audience

Stand and Deliver: Speaking Skills for Presentors by Gary Beals reprinted with permission from the ALHFAM Spring 2009 Bulletin (link forthcoming)

Scrapbooking, the Nation’s Biggest Hobby by Fran Nantista
Scrapbooking is one of the most popular hobbies of all time. Many of us kept scrapbooks when we were young, but as you look at them now, you see how your photos have yellowed and the glue has dried. Scrapbooking today has a new meaning: a way of preserving history, photos, and souvenirs without yellowing or having things fall off the page.
Objective: to organize your materials without having to use a computer

Possible Forthcoming Topics
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