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Archives Month 2016 - Tweets and Tours

By CoSA News posted 09-28-2016 12:00 AM


Welcome to the third installment of the exciting activities your CoSA colleagues have planned for Archives Month 2016.

The Nebraska State Historical Society has a whirlwind schedule set up for the entire month! The month kicks off with a series of twice-weekly blogs helping the public identify and date photos, and how to care for home movies, videos and family papers already planned for. The archives will be participating in #AskAnArchivist Day and also holding an in-person Afternoon with an Archivist. Fridays in October will also be featuring 360 Photos throughout the Society. Finally, there will be daily highlights featuring archives services and collections.

The Maine State Archives will celebrate American Archives Month this October with public tours, a genealogy resource session and presentations from local historians.

The theme of this year’s fall exhibit is the Aroostook War, Maine’s northern border dispute. An added bonus for select visitors to the exhibits will be a one-hour tour of the Archives, visiting areas that are not normally accessible to the public. The tours will coincide with these events:

  • Saturday, Oct. 1: Archives Month will kick-off with a presentation on “The Bloodless Aroostook War” by historian Hank Lunn, at Noon in the Archives lobby. State Archivist David Cheever will introduce Lunn and read the official Archives Month proclamation. A public tour of the Archives will follow, at approximately 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18: University of Maine at Augusta history professor Thomas McCord will present "Detours and Details: Unearthing the History of Maine Highways at the Archives” at 6:30 p.m. in the Archives lobby. McCord’s presentation will focus on the stories of Maine's highways and their role in shaping the state's 20th century image and economy.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Archivist Samuel Howes will give a presentation on Family Search and using the Archives’ digital collections for genealogy research, at 10 a.m. in the Archives lobby. A public tour of the Archives will follow at approximately 11 a.m.

Also during American Archives Month, the Archives will offer extended hours for researchers. DuringOctober, the Research Room will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Maine State Archives will also be participating in the #AskAnArchivist event on Twitter.

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