2018 Archives Fair: Crossing Generations, Bridging Communities

Join us for an opportunity to network with different archival repositories and institutions in the Washington DC Metropolitan area! Take an inside look at what it takes to protect, preserve and share historical records at the 2018 Archives Fair.

In celebration of American Archives Month in October, archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions will share their collections, answer questions, and highlight their holdings at the event. The 2018 Archives Fair will take place on Thursday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives – an institution dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of the District of Columbia Public School System. The host institution proudly supports the theme of the 2018 Archives Fair; Crossing Generations, Bridging Communities; highlighting the ways diverse communities interact with archival collections, their creation, function, and use.

Whether you are a student seeking an internship or volunteer opportunity in archives, a rising professional in the archival field, an active community member protecting regional history and memory, or a practicing professional archivist, we invite you to celebrate the impact of archives. Through archival research, everyone has the power to promote a cross-cultural understanding of the past. The 2018 Archives Fair encourages the utilization of archival institutions – large and small – around the world to foster a better appreciation of local, national, and global history.

The 2018 Archives Fair is sponsored by:  National Archives Assembly, Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference DC and Maryland Caucuses

About the host site: Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is the official museum and repository of documents and artifacts related to the District of Columbia Public School System.  The Sumner Museum, documenting the history of public education in our Nation’s Capital, is the only Museum of its kind in the United States. The Museum and Archives is housed in the historic Charles Sumner School, a beautifully renovated 1872 building which served as one of the first public African American schools in Washington DC.

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