Happy Archives Month!

Did you know that there is an annual national celebration of archives every October? You can find out more about it on the website of the Society of American Archivists at: https://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/american-archives-month-the-power-of-collaboration/american-archives-month-2017

And one of the things you will discover is that National Archives Month originated with “New York Archives Week” celebrations that were launched in the 1990s by the four participating regional Documentary Heritage Programs in existence at that time and operating under the auspices of the 3Rs Councils(Western New York, Metropolitan NY, South Central and Long Island).

The celebration was intended to raise awareness of the value of New York’s unique historical records collections and the repositories responsible for their care and preservation. The event caught on in several more states over time until it became the national event it is today.

Coincidentally it is during Archives Month that Western New York is the host this week to the Fall 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), located at the Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center in Buffalo. You can find out details at http://www.marac.info/upcoming-conferences#Fall2017

Finally, as if the alignment of all this fall+archives activity is not enough to make you wonder, October, as we all know is also when Halloween is celebrated. The origin of Halloween goes back to an ancient Celtic celebration called Samhain (wearing costumes to ward off ghosts) that was morphed by the Catholic Church into All Saints Day in medieval times. And, there is, in fact, a patron saint of archives! Saint Lawrence (or alternately, Saint Laurence) is the saint most commonly identified as protector of libraries and archives – I won’t go into all the grisly details of how he became a saint, but you can check it out yourself here: http://www.saintfaithandsaintlaurence.co.uk/page7.html
Ironically, according to this description, his feast day is August 10th – well, we have a head start on 2018 preparations…!

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