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    Behind the Scenes at the State Archives



    As a part of Heritage Month 2007, each Saturday in May, a staff member will present a program focusing on the work of the Arkansas History Commission as it continues its mission to preserve and provide access to the history of Arkansas. Tours will feature areas generally unavailable to the public. Seating is limited. Each program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately one hour.
    As many of you know, the Arkansas History Commission has undergone substantial changes in the last two years, including an altered physical layout and improved access to materials, both in house and on the Commission’s website. These four presentations will introduce many of these changes and reacquaint our patrons with services of the State Archives that have been available to Arkansas for 102 years.
    On May 5, Dr. Wendy Richter, State Historian, will conduct a tour of the History Commission that will emphasize the physical and philosophical changes that have recently occurred at the Archives.
    On May 12, Carolyn Owens Hervey, Library Technician, will give examples of the content of our holdings through the microfilm collection. Patrons will learn how to look through these research materials for information that is often unexpected or overlooked.
    On May 19, Lynn Ewbank, Access/Technology Archivist, will demonstrate the features of our updated website, including many new searchable databases and simplified ordering procedures for patrons. One new section, “Documenting Arkansas,” is an online digital archive of documents, visuals, maps, broadsides, pamphlets, and three-dimensional objects significant to the history and culture of Arkansas.
    On May 26, Ronnie Watts, the Archival Microphotography Supervisor, will speak about the microphotography program that is celebrating its fiftieth year in 2007. He will also conduct a tour of the History Commission Microphotography area to show patrons how the State Archives films materials and processes microfilm.