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Women's History Month prompts us to celebrate the women in our archives. In the past, documentation about women was elusive. Women's History, The Past, Artwork, Work Of Art, Auguste Rodin Artwork, Artworks, Illustrators

Women's History Month

Women's History Month prompts us to celebrate the women in our archives. In the past, documentation about women was elusive. Today, archivists are aware of the need to fill gaps in the story of women and we are working to remedy the loss of information about women in history as much as we are able. We are continually finding more materials in our communities. Our goal, as with all archives collection development, is to flesh out and create as accurate an account of women's role in society as…

In this social media driven decade, the way we will be remembered may be reflected in what we post. What we project to the world online toda. 1 Am, Reflection, Sheet Music, Social Media, Math, Math Resources, Social Networks, Music Sheets, Social Media Tips

We Will Be Remembered through What We Post

In this social media driven decade, the way we will be remembered may be reflected in what we post. What we project to the world online today will likely be the information about us that is easiest to gather in the future. Therefore, we must be aware that who we are, at least as far as history is concerned, might be molded by the Internet. In my view, our public face is being melded with what should be a more private side and the reality of our lives is perverted by an online public image…

Coming Full Circle: Intergenerational Oral History Oral History, Relationship, Relationships

Coming Full Circle: Intergenerational Oral History

This week I'm thinking about the living relationships we develop when we build archival collections. Earlier this month, in an effort to highlight our school building's fifty-year history, my students and I invited alumni to visit and tell us their stories. It was amazing to see the students' curiosity and to hear the bonds being formed between adults and teens. In the twenty-first century, generation gaps seem larger than ever. In fact, it even seems like there are more "generations." The…

ArchivesInfo: Running through History Run Through, Waterworks, New Hampshire, Multi Story Building, Running, History, Street, Historia, Keep Running

Running through History

Runners took to the streets of Manchester, New Hampshire today to do a little run through history. Runner's Alley, a popular store in my area for all things run related, organized the event around the hobby of one of its employees. When taking locals for training, he would begin to talk about this town in which he grew up. I overheard one runner this morning who said, "It's nice because he did all the talking on our group runs. We just ran and didn't have to say a thing." As a life-time…

ArchivesInfo: A Sturbridge Village Learning Experience Sturbridge Village, Learning, Studying, Teaching, Onderwijs

A Sturbridge Village Learning Experience

The girls enjoy some candy and fudge in front of a gift shop at Old Sturbridge Village This week, I took my daughter and her friend to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. The Village is the largest living history museum in New England on over 200 acres of land. It recreates an 1830s New England community with over 40 structures that include a general store, mills, homes, barns, workshops, a school, and more. The girls accompanying me were twelve-years of age and are about to dive into…

This week, I attended the New Hampshire State Library Media Association Conference. I was particularly interested in a conference session th. Primary Resources, Conference

Providing Primary Resources to Strengthen Instruction

This week, I attended the New Hampshire State Library Media Association Conference. I was particularly interested in a conference session that discussed how to support teachers by pairing informational books with fiction. I have learned in the past three-years as an archivist in the world of school librarianship that there is often a place here for archivists' expertise. This conference was not an exception. Beth Fuller from Perma-Bound was passionate and knowledgeable, and it was great fun…

ArchivesInfo: More Finds at the Local Antique Shop: For the Love of Reading Antique Shops, The Locals, Culture, Antiques, Reading, Handmade Gifts, Painting, Etsy, Shopping

More Finds at the Local Antique Shop: For the Love of Reading

You are a reader. I assume that you are a reader because you read this blog that focuses on a love of information and culture. You read for research. You read online. You may even read books for pleasure. I hope that it is safe for me to say that you even call yourself "a reader" and that you value the idea of reading. I have some questions for you that I've been struggling with for over a year now. This image that I just purchased on Etsy is helping me turn these questions into a blog post…

ArchivesInfo: More Finds at the Local Antique Shop: This is How We Shopped Us Shop, Antique Shops, The Locals, Antiques, Shopping, Antiquities, Antique Stores, Antique, Old Stuff

More Finds at the Local Antique Shop: This is How We Shopped

Antiquing with a Purpose Like most people who frequent antique shops, I am on the lookout for objects with personal meaning or for my own eclectic interests. I am a collector in a few areas that are not directly related to my work (mostly glass) and it is certainly fun to hit the shops with particular objects to fill home crannies in mind. I have "antiqued" for the past ten years or so with a different purpose too. While working primarily as an archival consultant, my finds were used for…

Archivists care for Valentine's Day ephemera. ArchivesInfo: More Finds at the Local Antiques Shop: Valentine's Day Valentine Day Week, Valentine Cupid, Saint Valentine, Valentine Images, Valentine Crafts, Victorian Valentines, Vintage Valentines, Vintage Easter, Vintage Cards

More Finds at the Local Antiques Shop: Valentine's Day

I don't usually write two "More Finds at the Antiques Shop"posts in a row, but this is Valentine's Day week and the shops are bursting with Valentines to share. According to History.com, Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following…

Archivists may go dumpster diving. ArchivesInfo: Dumpster Diving: Saving History One Collection at a Time Dumpster Diving, Bed Pillows, History, Collection, Pillows, Historia

Dumpster Diving: Saving History One Collection at a Time

Official Department of Health medical ledgers recording 1918 flu quarantines - discarded for no known reason Trophies showing the achievements of former students - discarded when the school wanted to celebrate new beginnings and make a clean sweep of the old Vital records - discarded after they were digitized These are some of the collections that I have found in archives in my career. They were saved from the trash by well-meaning persons -- citizen archivists, if you will -- who had the…

Archivists decide what materials to keep based on their informational value. Not their condition. "Go through your materials and figure out their focus and informational worth before discarding. The Orator, Historical Society, Family Photos, Archive, Conditioner, Museum, Paper, Storage, Family Pictures

The Condition 'Aint the Thing

I was sitting in a meeting the other day for a historical society that was trying to figure out how to handle their archival and museum collections. This organization has been around for decades, collecting materials as most local organizations do. They have gathered a plethora of materials that tell some of the stories of their town in-depth and provide a good backbone for telling the rest of the stories. They follow museum standards of applying accession numbers, though this has not always…

 Archivist at the Waltham Public Library My head has been caught up in the "right" jobs for the "right" people rece. Extroverted Introvert, Personality Types, Career, People, Carrera, People Illustration, Folk

Introvert / Extrovert: Your Personality Type Should Not choose Your Career

Me. Back in the day. Archivist at the Waltham Public Library My head has been caught up in the "right" jobs for the "right" people recently. I'll explain more about that later in this post. But because I've got jobs on the brain, while catching up on archives news and preparing to feed my twitter feed this week, an article caught my eye and kept my attention: What are the best jobs for introverts? And low and behold, right between "animal care and service worker" and "astonomer" was…

My work this week and an article that popped on my screen this morning -- Historical Societies Heed Message of Cooperation -- are pointing . Historical Society, Be Still, Couple Photos, Couples, Wedding Dresses, Couple Shots, Bride Dresses, Bridal Gowns, Weeding Dresses

It's Still Cooperation After All of These Years

My work this week and an article that popped on my screen this morning -- Historical Societies Heed Message of Cooperation -- are pointing me to write this morning's post. Image of unidentified school girls. [from personal collection of M. Mannon] In 2001, I presented the mission of ArchivesInfo in my first business newsletter. The emphasis was on collaboration. It was what was to become the main thrust of ArchivesInfo for over ten years, the subject of the book Cultural Heritage…

Introvert / Extrovert: Your Personality Type Should Not choose Your Career Extroverted Introvert, Personality Types, Back In The Day, Career, People, Fictional Characters, Carrera, Fantasy Characters, People Illustration

Introvert / Extrovert: Your Personality Type Should Not choose Your Career

Me. Back in the day. Archivist at the Waltham Public Library My head has been caught up in the "right" jobs for the "right" people recently. I'll explain more about that later in this post. But because I've got jobs on the brain, while catching up on archives news and preparing to feed my twitter feed this week, an article caught my eye and kept my attention: What are the best jobs for introverts? And low and behold, right between "animal care and service worker" and "astonomer" was…

I posted this ArchivesInfo and Archives in Education video without sound last week. I ran it as a slideshow on my table at the local hist. Archive, Teaching, Education, Onderwijs, Learning, Tutorials

Teaching with Archives

I posted this ArchivesInfo and Archives in Education video without sound last week. I ran it as a slideshow on my table at the local history fair in Nashua as a way to generate conversation. I've been a fair participant for many years, but this is the first time I've set up since beginning a new career as a high school information specialist. After first posting this video on the ArchivesInfo blog, a couple of people wrote to me ask for me to narrate the slides so, I've done that. The slides…

As a cultural heritage professional (librarian, archivist -- whatever you want to call me), I am continually looking for ways to bring commu. Conference Room, Community, Table Decorations, Home Decor, Decoration Home, Room Decor, Home Interior Design, Dinner Table Decorations, Home Decoration

Sharing Community Stories through the Human Library

As a cultural heritage professional (librarian, archivist -- whatever you want to call me), I am continually looking for ways to bring communities together. My work with ArchivesInfo and my work as a high school information specialist meld quite well together, allowing me to explore ways to share and document community stories. I am happy to report on my most recent experience to meet this end. It was a huge success and I think it is an endeavor that would be beneficial to many communities…