For the past 11 years, archives across the country have celebrated the work of archives and archivists by marking October as American Archives Month. Through educational programs, posters, and social media posts, archives use the month of October to raise awareness about the importance of archives and the preservation of American records and historical material.
On Oct. 4, archivists across the country will participate in a nation-wide Ask an Archivist Day on Twitter, where they will field questions from the general public. On Oct. 10, archives will celebrate Electronic Records Day through educational posts across social media about the importance of preserving electronic records.
Also, in conjunction with American Archives Month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October to be Arkansas Archives Month, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today. In the proclamation, the Governor cites the important work done by the Arkansas State Archives and “encourages his fellow citizens to discover the abundance of documentary treasures contained in our state's archival repositories.”
During the month of October, the State Archives will be hosting two events and will be participating in the national Ask an Archivist Day and Electronic Records Day online. On Oct. 17, the ASA will host its final Pen to Podium lecture for 2017, at Historic Arkansas Museum. For more information or to register, please visit http://pentopodium.eventbrite.com. On Oct. 28, the ASA will host a symposium, “Case Files and Conspiracies: True Crime and Lore in Arkansas,” at the Historic Pulaski County Courthouse. For more information or to register, please visit http://truecrime.eventbrite.com.
The Arkansas State Archives is a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world. The State Archives has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington.
Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Historic Arkansas Museum.