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Wisconsin Archives Month

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Archives Month is an annual celebration of the value of Wisconsin's historical records, the original documents that tell the stories of our families, communities, business and civic organizations, and government institutions. As part of this effort, the Wisconsin Historical Society and other archival institutions throughout the state hold programs and exhibits that brings attention to the rich historical record of Wisconsin and its people.

Attend This Year's Events

  • Archives Month Flickr Group
    Dates: October 1-31, 2014
    Contact: Samantha Abrams at samantha.abrams@wisconsinhistory.org
    Participate in Archives Month with the click of a mouse by visiting our Flickr Site in honor of this year’s theme: Sharing Our Very Best! This year, the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board asked archival programs around the state to share their favorite photographic images of Wisconsin -- the ones which, they feel, best represent the diverse and rich culture of our state. Featuring more than sixty photographs, the Flickr site contains images from all regions of Wisconsin, and is available for perusal from your personal computer.
  • Veterans Photo Exhibit
    Dates: October 1-31, 2014
    Contact: Bryan Stevenson, 715-799-6226 x3196
    The College of Menominee Nation S. Verna Fowler Academic Library and the Menominee Public Library invite local veterans and families of local veterans to lend their photographs of veterans to the library’s Special Collections Department for inclusion in a permanent photo archive. The Special Collections Department will digitize the photos and preserve them for all participants. To participate: please bring photographs to the Special Collections Department, located on the lower level of the library on the College of Menominee Nation Campus, N172 Hwy 47/55 in Keshena by September 26.
  • #MyBestMU
    Dates: October 1-31, 2014
    Contact: Michelle Sweetser, 414-288-5905
    In association with Archives Month 2014, the Department of Special Collection & University Archives invites you to share with us your very best photos of Marquette, vintage or current. Use the hashtag #MyBestMU when you post your image, and we’ll pin your image on our Pinterest board: www.pinterest.com/marquetteraynor/my-best-marquette/.
  • The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography
    Dates: September 12-November 2, 2014
    Location: James Watrous Gallery: Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison, WI
    Contact: Martha Glowacki, 608-265-2655
  • 2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting
    Dates: October 8-12, 2014
    Location: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI
    Contact: Troy Reeves, 608-890-1899
    Registration: www.oralhistory.org
  • Documentary: Uncivil Disobedience
    Date/Time: October 8, 2014; 7:30 - 9:30 pm
    Location: UW-Madison’s Memorial Union Theater’s Play Circle
    Contact: Troy Reeves, 608-890-1899
    “Uncivil Disobedience,” a documentary theater piece on the 1970 Sterling Hall Bombing will premiere at the Theater’s Play Circle. This event is part of the 2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting and is open to the public, thanks to University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Seating is first come, first serve.
  • Community / History Showcase
    Date/Time: October 11, 2014; 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI
    Contact: Troy Reeves, 608-890-1899
    Local and regional history groups will display their work. This event is part of the 2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting and is open to the public, thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Oral History Program and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
  • La Crosse History Hunt
    Date/Time: October 11, 2014; 1 pm
    Contact/Register: Scott Brouwer, s.brouwer@lacrosse.lib.wi.us, 608-789-7136
    Join the La Crosse Public Library on a historical scavenger hunt, occurring all over downtown La Crosse. Teams will explore the downtown area to find artifacts and answer questions about the city’s past. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.
  • Dark La Crosse Tours
    Dates: October 13 and 15, 2014
    Contact: Scott Brouwer, s.brouwer@lacrosse.lib.wi.us
    Register: archives@lacrosselibrary.org or call 608-789-7136
    Join the La Crosse Public Library as they, according to the La Crosse Tribune, "lead people through some of the darker corners of downtown La Crosse, giving them a taste of the seedy underbelly of a Mississippi River town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries." Event is free and open to the public.
  • Archives Month Job Panel
    Date/Time: October 16; 6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Location: SLIS Library (4th floor, Helen C. White Hall)
    Contact: Society of American Archivists (SAA) Student Chapter at UW-Madison, uwarchivists@gmail.com
    The SAA Student Chapter at UW-Madison offers this professional development event for students interested in a career in the archives. The job panel will feature Andrew Baraniak of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum; Laura Farley of Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum; Peter Shrake of Circus World Museum in Baraboo; and Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Curator at UW-Madison. Interested students are invited to take part in the job panel and Q&A. No registration necessary, students welcome.
  • Paul Vanderbilt and Photography Panel Discussion
    Date/Time: October 18; 1:30-3:00 pm
    Location: Wisconsin Historical Society’s auditorium, 816 State Street, Madison, WI
    Registration: www.wisconsinacademy.org/evenings/paul-vanderbilts-intuitive-iconography
    Contact: Matt Blessing, 608-264-6480
  • Madison Home Movie Day
    Date/Time: October 18; 1-4 pm
    Location: Pinney Branch Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, WI
    Contact: Amy Sloper, 608-264-6467
  • Archives Speed Dating
    Date/Time: October 23; 6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Location: SLIS Library (4th floor, Helen C. White Hall)
    Contact: Society of American Archivists (SAA) Student Chapter at UW-Madison, uwarchivists@gmail.com
    Join the SAA Student Chapter for Archives Speed Dating! Spend the evening making connections with peers and archives professionals from around the area in a fun, informal setting. No registration necessary, students welcome.
  • Governor's Archives Awards Certificate Presentations
    Contact: Matt Blessing, 608-264-6480
    The Governor's Archives Awards celebrate outstanding work with historical records in Wisconsin, and are awarded in three categories: (1) Archival Achievement, (2) Archival Innovation, and (3) Archival Advocacy. To celebrate this year’s winners of the Governor’s Archives Awards, each recipient has chosen a specific time and location to receive their awards. This year's presentations are as follows:
    • The Swiss Center of North America received the award for Archival Achievement on August 3, during their celebration of Swiss National Day in New Glarus. The Swiss Center was honored for their efforts to collect and organize a major collection of genealogical and Swiss-American records. In 2013, more than 400 guests from thirty U.S. states visited the Swiss Center to conduct on-site research.
    • Dan Jones, on behalf of Milwaukee Public Television, will accept the award for Archival Innovation at the annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference on Saturday, October 25 in Elkhart Lake. Milwaukee Public Television is being honored for their documentary Wisconsin Remembers John F. Kennedy, which relied heavily upon archival film footage from the WTMJ-TV news film collection, owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society and maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Area Research Center.
    • Society of American Archivists, Student Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will receive the award for Archival Advocacy on Thursday, October 23 at SLIS Library (4th floor, Helen C. White Hall) at 5:30 pm. The student chapter has led a decade-long effort to promote Archives Month, including a state-of-the-art “Sound of the Archives Podcast” which went viral in 2013. The student chapter has also highlighted important archival work and archival repositories throughout Wisconsin.

Promote Your Archives Month Event

Download the Archives Month Toolkit

The toolkit includes information on:

  • How to Participate
  • Hosting an Open House
  • Past Archives Month Programming
  • Press Release Template
  • Sample Events

Add Your Event to Our Archives Month Schedule

You can choose to add your event by mail or email. To add your event by email, please contact Matthew Blessing with the following event information:

  • Name of Event
  • Time and date(s) of event
  • Description
  • Locations
  • Address
  • Contact Person's name
  • Contact Person's phone number
  • Contact Person's e-mail address
  • Name of Sponsoring Organization

To mail in your event, fill out and send in the Archives Month Event Form (PDF, 130 KB).

About Archives Month

Archives Month is coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Historical Society and with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The Society would like to thank Demco, Inc. for their generous support of Archives Month since 2002. Wisconsin Archives Month is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board. 

Learn More

Each October the Society of American Archivists promotes American Archives Month, a nationally focused campaign to spotlight archives and archivists around the country.

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

Have Questions?

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.

Please contact State Archivist and WHRAB Deputy Coordinator, Matt Blessing, by phone at 608-264-6480 or by email below:

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