As the nation commemorates October as National Archives Month the many faces of archival work come into focus, including on the federal government scene. In the headlines this month is the issue of preservation of White House archives. The White House, including the temporary resident, is required by law to preserve all presidential documents, including emails and other electronic records. Because this is not happening it has been necessary for National Archives officials to express serious concerns. A recent [10/17] POLITICO report by Josh Dawsey and Bryan Bender describes the archival challenge in detail. (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/17/national-archives-trump-documents-preserve-243888)
October 19 – 5:00-7:30 pm In Their Own Words: The Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project. Elmer L. Andersen Library, U of M. Vignettes from the “In Their Own Words” project, artifacts, books and documents from the Tretter Collection. Reservations https://www.continuum.umn.edu/reg/reservation-transgender-oral-history-project-exhibit-reception/
October 28 -UPDATE: The Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum reports a special program appropriate to the bicentennial celebration of Henry David Thoreau. Photographer and author Dale Schwie will be speaking at the organization’s monthly meeting. Dale will discuss his recent book, Taking Sides with the Sun, a biography of Herbert W. Gleason whose work includes a major collection of “Thoreau Country” photographs, now housed in the Special Collections of the Concord MA Free Public Library. (https://www.thoreausociety.org/thoreau-country) MISF and guests will meet at the North Regional Library, Lowry and Fremont Avenues North. The library opens at 9:00; meeting at 10:00. Ample parking. Free and open.
The U of M Archivists continue to take a lead in the digital age. New online from the Kerlan Collection is an amazing online exhibit, Children’s Book Art: Techniques and Media. (Z.umn.edu/techniques) The digitized exhibit explores the ways in which artists explore today’s media to express ideas and delight young readers. As with most children’s literature there’s no limit on age or enjoyment of the visual treats.
Bookish.com is launching BookishFirst, an early preview and review platform featuring new books and authors, pre-pub excerpts, blurbs, reviews and more. (https://www.bookish.com)
Everybody needs a break! — There’s a new Nancy Drew TV series in the works! http://deadline.com/2017/10/nancy-drew-tv-series-nbc-tony-phelan-joan-rater-dan-jinks-1202189328/
If Halloween freaks you out, the good people at Poets.org (https://www.poets.org) offer a National Archives Month celebration of poetry appropriate to the season. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/halloween-poems Do not miss John Berryman’s Halloween, read by the poet – archived by the archivists we honor this month. (https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/stanza/archive-john-berrymans-halloween-reading)
Thoughts of the Children’s Book Art exhibit, combined with the spookiness of Halloween, focus the mind on reading and children, especially children and young people for whom books and reading offer both a challenge and a treasured opportunity. Reading and books will help these young readers to live the life envisioned by Charlemagne who told us that “to have another language is to possess a second soul.”
October is Bilingual Child Month
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P.S. from the Roseville Library (Ramsey County)
Fake News: a History
October 25 – Roseville: 12:30 p.m. Roseville Library – What explains the recent rise of fake news and wily accusations of “fake news”? Join University of Minnesota scholar Harshit Rathi for a different look at the news media and how we got here. Cost: Free. For more information contact them at 651-724-6022.
American Politics in the Age of Trump: A First Look at History
October 31, November 7 and 14 – Roseville: 12:30 p.m. Roseville Library – Whatever your political point-of-view, it’s time to take a first look at what will certainly be one of the major historical events of the 21st century. This series features speakers from a variety of political positions, in which will consider the first draft of a history of the Trump Presidency. For more information contact them at 651-724-6022.