Friday, August 19, 2011

It's time! The Archives Crawl is on for October!

Ready to crawl through history again (or for the first time)?

Everyone is invited to the 2nd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 15th. Start at any of the four host locations (Portland Archives and Records Center, the Portland State University Millar Library, Multnomah County Central Library or the Oregon Historical Society) and get ready to dive head first into history. Each host site will share space with other local archives and heritage organizations, many returning and a few new ones.

Some of this year’s participating organizations include Oregon Health & Sciences University, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library, Oregon Nikkei Center, the Multnomah County Records Program and the Dill Pickle Club. With over 30 organizations as part of the Archives Crawl, there is something for everyone!

Crawlers can tour some of the facilities and get a glimpse of where all these treasures are stored, see how Portland has changed over the years through photos and maps, and touch artifacts ranging from police dockets dating back to the late 1800s to medical artifacts from OHSU (maybe even a skull). Join in on fun family activities that connect you to our rich history and learn how and where to do your own research. Remember: you don’t have to be a history scholar to be interested in history, or to do research! All of the participating archives are open to anyone with an interest in history.

As you crawl from site to site, make sure you get your free “passport” stamped at each location. A fully stamped passport gets you into a drawing for items donated by participating archives. The drawing takes place at the After Party at McMenamins’ Mission Theater. The After Party is just that, a party where we can all kick back, listen to music, reflect on the day’s events and chat with the archivists and other people who like history. The After Party is free to everyone, but be sure to bring your money if you want to partake of McMenamins’ food and beer. Soft drinks will be available for free until they run out.

Second Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 15
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public
Starting at any of the following locations: Portland Archives &
Records Center, Portland State University Millar Library, Multnomah
County Central Library or the Oregon Historical Society.

The After Party at the McMenamins Mission Theater & Pub
Saturday, October 15
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Open to the Public/No Host Bar
Enjoy fun, music, and prizes!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Society of American Archivists 2011 Annual Meeting

Next week, Karen and I both attending the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, held this year in Chicago, my home away from home. This year's meeting also marks the 75th anniversary of SAA, which is the oldest and largest professional association for archivists.

Blog posting next week will be thin, as Karen and I will be racing breathlessly from one session to the next, trying to absorb presentations on topics such as digital rights analysis, diasporic archives, geospatial preservation and curating the archives of jam bands. We promise to return with loads of exciting new ideas, and plenty of professional gossip.

Thanks to our excellent colleague Todd Hannon, HC&A will hold walk-in hours next Thursday afternoon, as usual!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A VIP visits!

left to right: Arne Solberg, Richard Farnsworth, M. Lowell Edwards

Last week, I was treated to a visit from an important figure in the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve. Through his research on M. Lowell Edwards, Rich Mullins, MD met Arne Solberg, a retired machinist who worked for Edwards. Dr. Mullins brought Mr. Solberg and his wife to the HOM Room last Wednesday, where we viewed the Dobbs collection of valve prototypes, and collected Mr. Solberg's first-hand accounts of working on the valves. As a highly skilled machinist, Mr. Solberg was instrumental to the successful development and production of this groundbreaking medical technology.

Mr. Solberg spoke fondly of everyone involved in the process, noting that the team shared a commitment to the highest standards of quality, as well as a spirit of innovation. In the 1961 photograph above, Arne Solberg is shown testing valves with engineer Richard Farnsworth and Lowell Edwards.