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Archives Month 2016 - Roots, Treasures, Prizes, and Brews

By CoSA News posted 10-13-2016 12:00 AM


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

In addition to participating in “AskAnArchivist Day and Electronic Records Day, the Arizona State Archives are celebrating Archives Month with two activities.  On October 13, State Archives displayed some of the wonderful records in their collections including Billy Breckenridge’s hand-written version of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, the Extradition to the Governor of Colorado for Wyatt Earp and friends, the 1910 Constitution with seal and signatures, evidence from trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd’s court case, and more.  In addition, on behalf of the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB), the Arizona State Archives will present a day-long basic emergency and disaster preparedness workshop aimed at small cultural institutions including historical societies, museums, archives, libraries, and local governments that have records in their collections. Each attendee will receive a notebook and a box with some basic emergency supplies including the Heritage Preservation Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.

Fireword storage

In addition to participating in “AskAnArchivist Day and Electronic Records Day, the Wyoming State Archives is celebrating American Archives Month with two special workshops and participation in two national campaigns to promote awareness about archives.

On October 13, State Archives staff will present the program, "Preserving is Not Just for Vegetables: Caring for Your Family Records” as part of the State Museum’s lecture series. Staff archivists will review recommended methods for handling and storage of your treasures, and offer advice on digitizing your collections. How-to handouts will be available.

On October 29, State Archives staff will present a three-hour workshop on “Finding Your Wyoming Roots in the Archives.” Staff members will guide you through the search for your family in vital records, city directories, and school records. Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to stay for an hour and begin their research in the Archives.

Vintage photo of archivists working

Archivists at Nebraska State Historical Society have planned an exciting month-long celebration. Discover new Nebraska history resources, #Ask an Archivist, find tips to care for your family treasures on the NSHS blog, and take a sneak peek behind the closed doors of the NSHS Archives.

Want to get a piece of the archival action? The archives are giving away an “Afternoon with an NSHS Archivist“! The winner will receive a behind-the-scene tour of the NSHS Archives and Digital Imaging Lab with Photograph Curator Karen Keehr and then spend the rest of the afternoon reasearching and enjoying all the resources available in the NSHS Reference Room with personal help from Andrea Faling, Head of NSHS Reference. Send the archives a Facebook message or Tweet telling them why you deserve to win and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win the Afternoon with an Archivist.

Salem Bear sign

This Saturday, explore Oregon’s brewing history at the State Archives annual Open House. As part of a national month long recognition of archival programs, the State Archives will feature records from their holdings that showcase Oregon’s rich brewing heritage. Participate in activities featuring colorful trademarks of early Oregon breweries, hops production, the prohibition era, “Beer Wars” and laws that helped usher in Oregon’s booming brew pub industry.

Archives staff will also be available for tours of the updated, climate-controlled records storage area.

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