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Wisconsin Archives Month: October 2012

Wisconsin Archives Month returns this October with publicity, program ideas, and resources to help you raise public awareness of the value of historical records.

We are planning a new theme for 2012 with a broad focus to allow you to showcase your holdings, programs, and services.

Now is the time to plan an event for October that reaches out to the groups that are important to you: Your users, donors, governing board, elected officials, support groups, or your community at large. We can help you develop a program idea and advertise it to your selected audience.

  • Look at the information resources on these pages. Archives all around Wisconsin have found them to be useful for previous Archives Month celebrations.
  • If you want your name on our mailing list, please provide your email address to Simone Munson as soon as possible.

Open House Event Toolkit

We have created a toolkit to help you plan and host your own open house. It walks you through the entire open house planning process, with tips to make your event a success. In the toolkit you will find guidelines, named Archives Open House DiY Guidelines (PDF, 37 KB). The guidelines have links to:

  • Invitation template (PDF, 123 KB) which allows you to modify, print and mail your own invitations
  • Press release template (PDF, 29 KB) which allows you to modify, print and send a press release to local newspapers, helping promote your event
  • Sign template (PDF, 260 KB) which allows you to modify, print and post signs helping direct traffic through your facility and to parking areas

NOTE: Each document in the toolkit is in PDF format, which allows you to download and print the files, but will not allow your modifications to be saved. Contact us if you would like the documents sent to you in another format.

We continually update our materials to serve you better. If you have other ideas that will expand this toolkit or other Archives Month suggestions, please forward them on to us!

Archives Month events are already being planned throughout Wisconsin. See the Archives Month sample events (PDF, 23 KB) to find out what's been done in the past for archives month. We encourage you to send us your event for inclusion.

Participate in Archives Month!
Comb your archives and historical collections for historical materials for use in programs that reflect Wisconsin's wide and varied stories, such as:
  • photographs and posters
  • audio recordings
  • letters
  • newspapers
  • diaries

How do others celebrate Archives Month?

Each October the Society of American Archivists promotes American Archives Month, a nationally focused campaign to spotlight archives and archivists around the country. As part of this effort, the Wisconsin Historical Society and other archival institutions throughout the state celebrate Wisconsin Archives Month. This local effort brings attention to the rich historical record of Wisconsin and its people.

For more information about American Archives Month, see the Society of American Archivists website and the Council of State Archivists website.

Contact Us
The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board staff will be glad to answer your questions and provide sources for help in planning your own Archives Month program.

Coordinator: Simone Munson
Phone: 608-264-6470

Who Sponsors Archives Month?
Archives Month is an annual celebration and is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board, a volunteer board appointed by the Governor in association with the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Society would like to thank Demco, Inc. and Spacesaver, Inc. for their generous support of Archives Month since 2002.

Demco logo. Spacesaver logo.


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