Archives Month in the MARAC region

October 2009

"To Choose Our Better History"

American Archives Month is intended to raise public awareness about the importance of historic documents and records. Hopefully this project will grow over time into a fully coordinated nationwide effort to promote the value of archives and the importance of archivists.

To celebrate Archives Month in the MARAC region, the Steering Committee designated the month of October for activities. Although member States and institutions may promote their own themes, MARAC encourages all members and member institutions to think about the concept "Choosing our Better History."

In his inaugural address President Obama said - "...We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

This is an opportunity for archivists to assist the Nation in applying the values of the past to the future. We can ask ourselves what can we do to show the current generation what was "better" in the past? What can we do to help those who are here now to understand the values set by those who came before us? As archivists we preserve all that is needed to tell the story of America, but what can we highlight that will help to keep America on the right road or get us back on the right road if in fact we have strayed?

To celebrate Archives Month in the MARAC region, the Steering Committee designated the month of October for activities. To submit events for inclusion on this page, please contact David Rose, Chair of the MARAC Outreach Committee at [email protected].