The I Found It In the Archives contest has officially wrapped up for 2014.
The Ohio History Connection ran our local I Found It In the Archives contest from June 1 through August 1, 2014. Our winner, Deborah M. Tracy, visited the Archives/Library on August 18, 2014 for a personal, behind the scenes tour with reference archivist Lisa Long. Her achievement was also recognized by her state senator and state representative. Deborah’s submission was then entered in the statewide competition sponsored by the Society of Ohio Archivists.
The statewide contest ran from August 18 2014 through August 31, 2014. Two other repositories, the Greene County Archives in Springfield, Ohio and the University of Akron Center for the History of Psychology in Akron, Ohio submitted entries. The winner of the statewide contest, Deborah Clarke Dushane, was announced on September 23, 2014. Deborah was honored at the fall meeting of the Society of Ohio Archivists held in Columbus on October 3 and 4. She was introduced to the attendees and presented a certificate at lunch. This was followed by a session in which she introduced herself and shared the fascinating story of her rapscallion ancestor, Isaac
Prugh Weymouth, known to her as Uncle Ike, who once shot Constable John Harris in Cedarville, Ohio in 1883. While in Columbus Deborah also toured the Ohio Statehouse.
If you interested in submitting an entry, running a contest in your local repository or reading the fascinating submissions and casting your vote, you will get the chance again in 2015. The Ohio History Connection and the Society of Ohio Archivists are committed to bringing the contest back. The first statewide contest was an amazing way to celebrate archives and show the broader community, particularly legislators, the impact that archives have on our everyday lives.