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To celebrate Archives Week in the MARAC region, the Steering Committee designated the second week in October for activities.

Archives Week, October 9-15, 2005 "In Archives We Trust: Preserving Our History"

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District of Columbia

D.C. Caucus Archives Fair

The 8th annual Washington, D.C. ARCHIVES FAIR will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 12th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Madison Hall of the Library of Congress. Representatives from many Washington area archival repositories, including American University, Arlington County Central Library, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, D.C. Archives, D.C. Public Library, George Washington University, Goodwill Archives, Goucher College, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Howard University, Inter-American Development Bank, Library of Congress, National Archives, National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, and the University of Maryland, will be available to discuss the resources of their institutions and answer questions. The Fair's activities will include a talk, from 1-2 pm, by Dr. Trudy H. Peterson, former Acting Archivist of the United States, on this year's Archives Week theme "In Archives We Trust: Preserving our History."

The Madison Hall is located just inside the main entrance of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. Dr. Peterson's talk will take place in Madison Building room LM 139, which is located near Madison Hall.

"In Archives We Trust: Federal Records of 9/11"

On Tuesday, October 11th the National Archives Assembly is sponsoring a program commemorating federal records during times of crisis -- focusing on the 9/11 attacks at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC from 10:45 am until 12:15 pm.

Speakers include Jeffrey A. Myers from the Federal Aviation Administration and David Langbart of the National Archives and Records Administration.

(Click here to see a larger image of the 9/11 flyer)

New Jersey

The Monmouth County Library is sponsoring a series of events in recognition of Archives Week. These events include:

  • Two workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 12th: Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographs; and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, Grades 4 through 12.

  • Archives and History Day, October 15, 2005, 8:45am to 3pm. T his annual event features a lecture by Elsalyn Palmisano entitled, "The CAPES Program: Archival Consultants for Historical Collections," a roundtable discussion on the history of technology, tours, and award presentations. The featured speaker is Dr. Alex Magoun, Director, David Sarnoff Library, addressing "The RCA Origins of Everyday Things".

These events will take place at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ.

New York



  • The Library of Virginia Foundation, Library of Virginia, and Virginia Caucus of MARAC is sponsoring an Archives Week Poster.

  • The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA is hosting a talk by James R. Fleming, PhD titled "Climate Change, Human Agency, and Health in Early America" on Thursday October 13th from 5:00pm until 6:00pm. In this talk, Professor Fleming, professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Colby College, Waterville Maine and the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum (2005-2006), looks at the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, and Noah Webster that reflect their thoughts on the relationship of climate and health, and the lasting implications of these ideas for the Lewis and Clark Expedition and a subsequent generation of American climatologists and physicians.

  • The Shenandoah County (Va.) Public Library is hosting "DIGGING UP ROOTS" A family event in celebration of National Archives Week, on Thursday, October 11, 2005 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. A Celebrity Family Tree Exhibit with a workshop on making your own family tree. Samples of fan trees, round trees, animal shapes and trees of other genealogical charts will be offered to copy and enhance. Each Ancestral Tree will be created by the members of the family, they may start with the child and include parents and grandparents, or they may start with the parents and include all of the children. Old family trees including those in Bibles will be in the exhibit. New genealogy charts for celebrities and politicians will be available as art on the wall. Families can have a great time creating their own work of art for their family tree. Paper, copy machine, pencils, pens and colorful markers will be available for artistic endeavors. Bring your own history to life in this joyful celebration of your family. Shenandoah County Library, 514 Stoney Creek Boulevard, Edinsburg, VA 22824 540-984-8200.

  • The Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, is sponsoring several free noontime talks focusing on the theme "In Archives We Trust: Preserving Virginia History for Her People," during Archives Week.

West Virginia

  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be delivering a lecture on "The Importance of History" at the West Virginia Cultural Center Theater on October 14, 2005 at 6:00pm. Dr. Gates, a West Virginia native and noted scholar, is director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. The lecture is one event in the year-long centennial celebration of the West Virginia State Archives.

 How to Celebrate Archives Week

  1. Open your doors: Hold an open house and provide tours of your facility.

  2. Highlight a photograph from your collection by placing it in the town newspaper, public library circulation desk, town hall or other public location.

  3. Mount exhibits using materials from your repository.

  4. Sponsor a lecture by a researcher who has used your collection.

  5. Impersonate someone else: Create a living history event by acting as someone whose letters, diaries or other items are in your collection.

  6. Sponsor a workshop or brown-bag discussion on preserving family treasures.

  7. Engage students in an Archives Week project, such as an essay contest, that encourages them to use historical records from your repository.

  8. Host a reception to thank Archives Volunteers. If you are an all volunteer group, throw yourselves a party! Invite friends and neighbors.

  9. Present a lecture on genealogical research and the sources available.

  10. Invite residents to bring in their own photos, letters and memories to share with others during a local history celebration.

  11. Organize a walking tour of a neighborhood documented by your repository.

Reprinted with permission from Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist, and New York State Documentary Heritage Program.

The New York State Archives also created an "Ideas for Enlivening Your Archives Week Activities" brochure.