We are in the midst of another American Archives Month! Since 2006, archivists from institutions around the country have created programs that serve to remind people not only that archives are saving the important documents of our shared history, but also that they are largely open and accessible for personal use.
This year’s theme is the Year of Living Dangerously for Archives, through which the Society of American Archivists urges archivists to be proactive and advocate not only for their institutions, but for archives in general. Arguing that the public recognizes that archives are “important” or “interesting” but cannot concretely explain why, the SAA has issued a call to action, with ideas on how to demonstrate the value of archives through first person stories and public relations campaigns.
Organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic region are highlighting their collections and special projects through exhibits, lectures, websites and workshops.
Close to our home here in Camden? Check out Archives Month Philly for information on events such as “The Greatest Musical Wonder in the World” at the Heritage Center of the Union League on October 21st, or the Sauerkraut-making workshop hosted by The German Society of Pennsylvania on October 14th. The event culminates in Philly History Quizzo at National Mechanics on the 29th.