Archives Moment: Ask An Archivist Day – Oct 7, 2020

Have you ever heard of an archives? Or been curious to know what an archives might have in it?

Have you ever considered the work an archivist is involved in doing, or thought what exactly do they do?

If you have had any of these questions, or perhaps would like an introduction to your local archives, then we invite you to be part of “Ask An Archivist Day” on Oct 7, 2020.

This will take place on the Arts and Heritage Foundation’s social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have about the archives at the Musée Héritage Museum, or even about your own personal archives.

Here are sample questions you could ask:

  • What do archivists do?
  • How can teachers incorporate and access records for use in the classroom?
  • How can I donate records to the archives?
  • What does the Archives collect?
  • What is the oldest item in your collection?
  • What is the coolest or most unique item in your collection?
  • How do you select the records that are in your archives?
  • Can you find my family’s business records from the Grandin Mall?
  • Can you help me preserve my grandfather’s photos?
  • Can I search for my family genealogy? What information would I need to know beforehand?
  • Where else can I go to search for records?

We also invite you to visit our museum year round to view the “Discovering” exhibit in the St. Albert History Gallery. This exhibit gives a summary of what an archives is about and the work done to preserve records in an archives.If you feel like you want to prepare before participating in “Ask an Archivist Day“, there is an excellent blog from the Peel Art Gallery and Museum Archives that you can review, which gives a very accurate account of what archivists do:

And as always, for more information on the Musée Héritage Museum Archives, please contact us at or 780-459-1528.

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