Excellent case studies were presented where archivists actively went out to reach different audiences.
|WWI letters from a Oshawa soldier becomes part of the curriculum|
Particularly interesting were the efforts to reach a young, school audience, which may not be typically seen as a primary user group of archives.
Jennifer Weymark of Oshawa Community Museum partnered with a local high school to incorporate archival materials into their curriculum to teach about World War I. The museum used a diary they had from a local WWI soldier, which became a focal point to teach about the war in school.
|Students create their own portrait of a soldier|
- Try not to hold your major events in the winter where cold nights could scare people away.
- All archivists; brush up on your cursive writing skill or at the very least how to read cursive writing! Many children are no longer being taught cursive writing and this leads to difficulty in reading older documents resulting in a lot of work transcribing documents in the archives.
It was another informative conference put together by the ACA. It was great to see some old friends and colleagues and see the progress archivists are making in their never ending efforts to bring awareness to the archives. I hope that readers will get a better sense of the archives are about and what we have to offer.