Oregon Museum Association's Spring Workshop: Basics of Archives

April 18, 2016 10 AM - 3 PM

A. R. Bowman Museum, Prineville, Oregon

Keeping in line with our mission, the OMA board strives to offer our members quality continuing education opportunities that are relevant to a wide range of institutions. The annual spring workshop provides members a chance to dig deep into a particular topic of interest. This year’s is no exception, as we focus on Archives.

If your institution is like many out there, you may have a closet or even a room full of historic documents and photographs, yet no idea what to do with them. Or perhaps you may just need a refresher on how to care for them. Join us in April as we delve into the Basics of Archives and learn how to sort through that room, turning it into an organized space usable for staff, researchers and more.

Christina Sweet will lead the way, as we embark on a crash course of archiving basics. Christina is the Museum Curator at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day. She manages the museum's 50,000+ artifact collection and has extensive knowledge of not only Kam Wah Chung, but of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon. With over 13 years in the museum and archives field, Christina’s expertise includes museum and archival practices, and exhibit design and fabrication. She has an MA degree in Museum Science and Heritage Management from Texas Tech University.

The second part of the workshop will focus on accessibility to archives. Sarah Aldrich will speak on Public Access and Use. Sarah is the Archivist and Photo Curator at The Island County Historical Society in Coupeville, Washington. While there, she has seen an increase in research requests, volunteers, and local awareness of the archives. She focuses on tying archives to the digital age, in an effort for both preservation and accessibility. Their collection contains over 18,000 photos and 100,000 documents, telling the story of the local Native Americans, the early white settlers, the ever changing uses of the land, and the bounty of Puget Sound. Sarah has an MA degree from Koc University, Istanbul, and a Certificate of Museum Studies from the University of Washington.

We hope to see you there!

10 am – 3 pm, Monday, April 18

Register Online

Check visitprineville.org for information on local lodging, dining, and recreation.

Stay tuned after registration for details on a Sunday evening meet and greet if you will be in town early. 


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