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What is “Zoom,” and how do I use it to connect to an OLHSI presentation?

“Zoom” is the brand-name of an Internet meeting utility (a software application, or “app”) that emerged during the current Covid-19 pandemic and gained wide adoption, primarily because the basic client software is free to download and use. Millions of users rely on Zoom every day. Because the basic software is free and can be downloaded and installed on a wide variety of devices (PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.), the Historical Society has chosen Zoom as the most open way to share our presentations in this time of physical distancing. The Zoom app is free, but it does require a small amount of effort to download, install, and learn to use the software.

OLHSI presentations often include high-quality images, and sometimes video. We recommend you install Zoom on your device with the biggest and best screen. Note that an Internet connection is required.

To download Zoom, and to see full instructions for installing and using the app, please see the Zoom website:

To receive an invitation with detailed instructions on how to connect to a particular OLHSI presentation via your installed Zoom software, please email OLHSI at (or use the contact form on our web site). Mention the name of the presentation in the body or subject line of your email. Please register at least 24 hours in advance. Before the presentation, we will send an email to the address you used to register, containing a Zoom invitation that will include all the necessary information (link to the meeting in Zoom format, password, etc.). You must send us an email in order to receive the log-in details for the presentation.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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