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Archives Month 2016 - Architecture and Old Lace

By CoSA News posted 10-04-2016 12:00 AM


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

Celebrate American Archives Month with the Idaho State Archives! Following this year’s theme “Home Sweet Idaho” we will explore the idea of “sense of place” throughout the month of October. Join in on FREE events to learn more about local histories, how to take care of your precious heirlooms, conduct genealogy and property research—and more!

The Idaho State Archives will take to Twitter on October 5 for #AskAnArchivist day and encourage our community to ask questions and learn about archives and the archives profession. FREE workshops and presentations continue throughout the month and a full listing of events can be found at Activities will culminate October 19 with the panel discussion Beyond Borders—Boise Bench History Projects presented by local historians Jim Duran, Barbara Perry Bauer and Angie Davis; more information at

Arkansas Archives Month 2016

Governor, Asa Hutchinson, issued a proclamation declaring October 2016 to be Arkansas Archives Month.

On Oct. 29th, the archives is hosting a symposium commemorating American/Arkansas Archives Month. The symposium's theme is “Using Archival Records to Preserve Historic Structures."

The archives will also be participating in #AskanArchivist Day. The archives actually do these every Monday on our Facebook page with our patrons and are looking forward to participating on a national level.

Finally, the archives will be talking about electronic records on social media on Oct. 10.

Motive for Mayhem! flyer

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation recognizing October 2016 as Connecticut Archives Month. This annual event is an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of Connecticut’s historical records and archives as well as the archivists who oversee them. The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board has led the initiative on Connecticut Archives Month since 2005.

The State Library, the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board [CT SHRAB] and Connecticut Explored have partnered together for the first time to produce the official Connecticut Archives Month poster. On the back of the poster, the CT SHRAB shares “Why Archives Matter” with Connecticut Explored readers. Our hope is that this collaboration will bring awareness of Archives Month and the role archives play in preserving and protecting Connecticut cultural heritage to a wider audience than we have in the past.

The theme for the poster, “Motive for Mayhem; Find it in the Archives,” fits with the theme of “Crime and Punishment” for the Fall issue. It features photographs and documents that tell the story of Amy Archer Gilligan, who operated a home for the elderly in Windsor, CT. Sixty residents and both of her husbands died under suspicious circumstances between 1907 and 1916 when she was arrested for murder. Her story was the inspiration for the 1939 Broadway play and 1944 movie, Arsenic and Old Lace.

The Connecticut State Library will also host a discussion with Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward on of Connecticut’s most popular governors, Governor John Dempsey, Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:00-12:45 p.m. in Memorial Hall in the Museum of Connecticut History.