[Webinar] Uncovering Hidden History: How Small Museums Benefit from Having an Archives
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LIVE WEBINAR: Join us as we look at how small museums and other local groups can begin to take steps to implement archival methods of organizing paper collections for better management, better care, and a richer history to share with their community, researchers, and others.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm EASTERN
Where: Online
United States
Presenter: Debra Schiff, Regina Gorham, and Carol Smith
Contact: Cherie Cook

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Documents, letters, diaries, photographs and other archival collections held by small museums and local organizations contain rich history that often goes unexplored because staff and volunteers don’t have time to fully process the materials. Unprocessed archival collections are also physically inaccessible, adding yet another layer of complications that make their use by staff, volunteers, researchers, and others even more unlikely. And while intentions by the museum or local organization to care for these materials are good and honorable, long term preservation suffers if the items are not stored properly.

Here’s where small museums, historical societies, churches, fraternal organizations, and other groups can take a lesson from archivists. Join us on June 20 for the webinar, Uncovering Hidden History: How  Small Museums Benefit from Having an Archives, presented by the AASLH StEPs program. Guest speakers Debra Schiff, Regina Gorham and Carol Smith will discuss the benefits of having better organized collections and a much richer history to share with your community. They will also talk about the hazards of leaving archival collections unprocessed. Participants will hear about a variety of resources available to help small museums and local groups take the first steps in organizing an archives within their collection.  

Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members. Organizations enrolled in the StEPs program receive a $15 discount if they use the promo code found on the StEPs Community website

This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of webinars offered to both StEPs participants and all others interested in the topic of transparenchy and accountability. Applying what you learn in a StEPs Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  1. Basic differences between how archival collections are organized vs. typical artifact accessioning and cataloging; also, how a blending of such systems can be used. 
  2. The benefits to a community, researchers, and others of having archival collections fully accessible;
  3. The hazards of unprocessed archival collections;
  4. Resources for getting started in implementing archives practices.


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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a national association that provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

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