October is American Archives Month, and the Wyoming State Archives is celebrating in style, with two workshops, and participation in two national campaigns to bring awareness of archivists and archival collections to the public:
Archivists around the country will take to Twitter to answer your questions about any and all things archives. This day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists offers the opportunity to connect directly on Twitter with archivists locally and around the country to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity. Just tweet a question and include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. It will be seen instantly by archivists who will be standing by to respond directly to you. You can also direct questions to Wyoming’s archives: the State Archives (@WyoArchives), American Heritage Center (@ahcwyo), and Buffalo Bill Center of the West (@centerofthewest).
Electronic Records Day
Sponsored by the Council of State Archivists (https://www.statearchivists.org/)
The purpose of Electronic Records Day is to raise community awareness of digital records, and of the need to manage and preserve them. On this day, the Wyoming State Archives will be posting on their blog about digital records in our care.
Preserving is not Just for Vegetables and Fruits – Preserving Your Family History Records
October 13 at 7 p.m.
Lecture at the Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne
You’ve done the family history research, collected all the documents, photos, stories, movies — now what? Don’t get caught up in the jam of preservation. Archivists from the will share recommended methods for handling and storing your treasures and will offer advice on digitizing your collections. Archivists from the Wyoming State Archives, including specialists in visual, paper, and digital materials, will be the presenters,=. Cindy Brown will speak on digitizing your records, Robin Everett on caring for papers and bound materials, and Suzi Taylor on preserving old photographs. This program is part of the Wyoming State Museum’s lecture series.
Finding Your Wyoming Roots in the Archives
October 29 from 9 a.m. to noon
Workshop at the Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne
State Archives staff members Suzi Taylor, Robin Everett, and Carl Hallberg will guide you through the search for your family in vital records, city directories, and school records. You will discover buried treasure about your family’s history in state records. After an introduction to the sources, attendees will be invited to spend an hour beginning their search in the Archives, using all the tips and tricks they have just learned. A second session later this year will cover court (including naturalization) and land records.