Our spring 2021 membership meeting will, once again, be held virtually on May 7th, 2021. However, we have some exciting new events to switch things up from our usual format. I have created a short, 15 minute tutorial on using WebEx, Padlet, and the general format of our virtual meeting. If you need a crash course or refresher on any of the relevant technology, I recommend checking it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk75BFkOSfU.

We are also trying out something new: virtual poster sessions. For this meeting, we will be hosting a poster session with breakout “rooms” on WebEx for people to talk about different posters. The posters will be uploaded by presenters to padlet, a virtual bulletin board website. Currently, the website is moderated, so if you want to present a poster you must contact Eric Olson, president-elect, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. All poster submissions will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate to Forestry Suppliers. To view the poster session padlet, please click the following link: https://padlet.com/eolseric/ivb12a6pgu6etnfy.

Poster submissions must meet the following criteria: images cannot exceed 10 MB in file size; images should not exceed 300 DPI; please limit photographs/images to no more than 5. There is no restriction on the number of tables. Padlet has limited storage capacity on their servers, and we should be respectful of other poster presenters needs. Unlike other poster sessions, you do not need to format your content in another application like MS Publisher. If you decide to post directly into padlet (either by typing and uploading images, or by copy-and-paste) keep in mind that submissions will be very long and thin, meaning a 500 word poster will require scrolling. Attachments such as pdfs and images, can be selected by viewers to enlarge them and zoom in. So, you may also wish to upload the poster using third party applications (such as MS Publisher). Usually, a pdf copy of a poster will take up significantly less space than raw image files, so I recommend uploading the poster from a third-party application for the best visual formatting and storage space on the padlet server.

In addition to the poster session, John Schweikart will be leading an educational seminar with Q & A about the newly revised OHPO Archaeology Guidelines. Between the seminar and the poster session, we will have slightly fewer than normal presentation time-slots for this meeting (approximately 3 or 4); however, we are still calling for papers for this meeting. There is no focus or specific theme to this meeting, so I encourage anyone to submit an abstract! Please email abstracts and titles to Eric Olson no later than April 23rd, 2021.

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