FREMONT Observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War begins in 2011, and historical organizations across the state are looking for recruits.
Everyone is invited to be a part of this historic commemoration. All it takes is stepping up to volunteer time and talent at any of the planned events. To help volunteers match their interests with a particular event or organization, a Volunteer for History day is set for 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.
Volunteer for History brings together historical sites, museums, libraries, re-enactment groups and other organizations planning Civil War anniversary observances. Each organization is to set up a booth explaining its event and providing information on volunteer opportunities. Attendees may chat with the people directly involved in a particular event or organization.
"Think of it like a career fair, but for volunteers," said Matthew Strobel of the Ohio History Service Corps, organizer of Volunteer for History.
Ohio Historical Society, with funding from Ohio Community Service Council, created Ohio History Service Corps to educate Ohioans on why history is relevant and how it can be used as an effective economic development tool. A main component of Ohio History Service Corps is to assist in Civil War-related education and public programming.
Strobel is to provide assistance to events sponsored by historical organizations in Ashland, Richland, Morrow, Marion, Sandusky, Seneca, Ottawa, Wyandot, Crawford, Erie and Huron counties.
During his year long service with Ohio History Service Corps, Strobel is to work out of the Hayes Presidential Center. He can be reached by calling (419) 332-2081 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.