I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.― Henry David Thoreau
One great way to experience National Archives Month is to browse – and take time to view – some of the YouTube videos produced by the National Archives. Though the videos offer only a glimpse of the resources of the Archives, they are a vivid and informative presentation of events, moments and people who played a role in the nation’s history. https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives/videos.
You’ll want to learn more – and NARA has a tool for that. DocsTeach.org (https://www.docsteach.org/digital-vaults is a guide to some 1200 documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other materials from the Archives Digital Vaults. To get you started the archivists have created links to some of the most popular topics, e.g. Citizenship, Presidents, First Ladies, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Immigration, Slavery and more…..
And here is a challenging reading appropriate to the National Archives Month: https://www.cilip.org.uk/news/can-we-rely-archives-tell-truth
October 17 – 7:00 PM Capri Glee. J.D. Steele directs the Adult Community Choir in Concert. Guests include the MacPhail Community Youth Choir and Mill City District Singers. Free and open. http://thecapritheater.org/capri-glee-choirs/
October 17 – This year’s Book Week event at the University of Minnesota features Thanhha Lal, author of Inside Out & Back Again. McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE. Free and Open. http://www.cehd.umn.edu/book-week/
October 17 – For the past three years library, museum and information gurus have been delving deep into the state of the art and future of the National Digital Platform. And now they’re eager to share. Representatives will be meeting all day on topics ranging from “Building Equitable Digital Communities” to “Expanding Digital Cultural Heritage Capacities” to a panel discussion of “Going Forward” https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/ndpthree-agenda.pdf. These sessions will be live streamed. The day ends with an open conversation accessible at #nNDPthree (external link)
October 19 5:00 – In Their Own Words: The Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project. Elmer L. Andersen Library – https://www.continuum.umn.edu/event/words-tretter-collection-transgender-oral-history-project/
October 21, 8:00 AM – Sunday, October 22 12:00 PM. League of Minnesota Poets Fall Conference. Hopkins Center for the Arts. https://www.facebook.com/leagueofmnpoets/
October 25 – First of two History Live! interactive video events featuring the persona of Maud Hart Lovelace in conversation with Betsy-Tacy fans. The series is designed for students in Grades 3-6. On October 30 fans and teachers can learn more about the Betsy Tacy series, about Lovelace and the History Live! Series here: http://education.mnhs.org/history-live
Note: The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award will also be announced at this session- more about the Award here: http://www.myrahome.org
October 26 – Spout Press (http://www.spoutpress.org) and the East Side Freedom Library )https://www.facebook.com/EastSideFreedomLibrary) present Juliet Patterson, Rachel Jendrzeejewski, Brianna Johnson and the poems of J.Otis Powell read by Keno Evol (Louis Alemayehu. 7:00 pm. Free and open. (https://www.facebook.com/events/338066289976724/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A628054170622706%2C%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A628054170622706%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D)
October 28 – Don’t miss the Family History Fair at the Minneapolis Central Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library in collaboration with the Minnesota Genealogical Society. http://www.hclib.org/about/news/2017/september/family-history. Register at www.hclib.org or call 612 2543 8000
October 30 – One of the nation’s leaders in creative place-making is Forecast Public Art (http://forecastpublicart.org/art/placemaking/) – more about the library/archives of Forecast in a forthcoming post. Meanwhile, Forecast is hosting a grand Pubic Art/Pub Party at Surlys. Details here: (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-pub-party-tickets-37856659287 – Since public artists think and converse a good bit about “place-making” you might want to brush up on the terminology here https://www.arts.gov/artistic-fields/creative-placemaking. Follow up with a close-up and personal public art tour –by bike, car or on foot. The Minneapolis Public Art Administration http://www.minneapoli/dca/ sponsors self-guided public art tours of six communities scattered throughout Minneapolis. http://www.minneapolismn.gov/dca/dca_map
November 3 – First Fridays: Lisa Von Drasek, Curator, Children Literature Research Collections. Lois Hendrickson, Curator, Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. First Fridays is a free and open series of “intellectually stimulating talks” at the Elmer L Andersen Library. Light refreshments at 11:45; presentation at noon.
Welcome sign of the times: Generous funding from Knight Foundation and Democracy Fund will expand the capacity of MuckRock to access public records. The $440,000 grant will expand the subscriber base, sponsor new training opportunities and fashion a plan to support FOIA requests. http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/10/with-440000-in-funding-muckrock-is-expanding-its-mission-to-improve-access-to-public-records/
Journalist’s Resource is an excellent tool for lovers of true facts. The project is sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Though the name suggests the site is targeted to journalists, it is accessible and of great help to many. A recent article entitled “Fake news and the spread of misinformation” is a good example: https://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/internet/fake-news-conspiracy-theories-journalism-research
From the Frankfurt Book Fair – Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House CEO, spoke on the “Renaissance” of Print Books:” https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/Frankfurt-Book-Fair/article/75024-frankfurt-2017-dohle-highlights-stability-of-the-book-business.html
From the Columbia Journalism Review, “Making Media Literacy Great Again, by Michael Rosenwald: https://www.cjr.org/special_report/media-literacy-trump-fake-news.php
November is National Novel Writing Month