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Texas Archives Month - October 2015

In October 2015, Texas will join archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country's documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas' historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities' historical records, and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical treasures and making them available for use by present and future generations.

Texas Archives Month Poster

2015 Texas Archives Month Poster: Texas Takes Action to Preserve Our Moving Memories

The theme of the 2015 Texas Archives Month poster is Texas Takes Action to Preserve our Moving Memories. The poster spotlights the challenges of preserving film collections and the efforts of archivists, librarians, and film preservationists to protect our 'moving memories' from degradation and loss.

Over one thousand copies of the poster will be mailed to archival repositories, libraries, county historical commissions and elected officials throughout the state to arrive by early October. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to request a poster, please e-mail us. Supplies are limited.

Ideas for Celebrating Texas Archives Month

Plan your Texas Archives Month activities now! The Society of American Archivists offers resources for celebrating American Archives Month, including an Event Planning Guide and a Public Relations Kit.

SAA's public awareness campaign #AskAnArchivist on October 1 encourages users of archives to talk with archivists - via Twitter - about what archivists do, why archives are important, and, of course, the interesting records in their collections.  Archivists around teh country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.

The Council of State Archivists' Archives Month Resources features background history on how Archives Month/Week developed, directories of current and past Archives Month activities, links to several states' planning guides for Archives Month, and a gallery of past Archives Month posters from around the nation.

Official Texas Archives Month Proclamations

Proclamations made by state and local government officials will be listed here as they are made. Let us know if your county or municipality has issued a Texas Archives Month proclamation.

Calendar of Texas Archives Month Events

Tell us about your upcoming Texas Archives Month event! Let us know the sponsoring institution, date and time, place, details of what will happen at your event, and if available, any associated website addresses.

October 16, 2015

The Travis County History Day is an annual event that celebrates the rich history of Travis County.  The event will be in the Commissioners Courtroom and Hall of Government located at 700 Lavaca Street from 10 a.m. to noon.  The Hall of Government will be transformed into an exhibit space, featuring collections of the Austin Friends of Folk Art, as well as selections from the collections of area institutions, local artists, and collectors.  The event is open to the public.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will host another of a continuing series of Genealogy After Dark events on Friday, October 16, from 5:45 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas. Resources of the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center will be available, along with one-on-one guidance from staff librarians and archivists. This program is held in conjunction with the 14th annual lock-in of the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library System. Registration is limited to 30 participants and will close on October 9.

October 29, 2015

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is partnering with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to host a FREE, after-hours archival film screening on the east lawn of the Texas Capitol Building on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The event, Archives in ATXion: The Texas Picture Show will invite visitors to catch a rare glimpse of vintage home movies, newsreels, ad reels, broadcasts, and industrial and tourism films.  Movie goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to complete the experience.  Live musical entertainment will be provided.

Current Exhibitions during Archives Month

Archives and Special Collections throughout Texas provide the public with an opportunity to view original documents, photographs, and artifacts through exhibits.  Check with the institution's below for details about  complete list of exhibits, exhibit hours, and price of admission.

September 16, 2015 - March 27, 2016
Explore the difficulties Austin faced in establishing a free public school system in the 1870s, and see what life was like for students and teachers in the early years of the Austin Public Schools - before the creation of the Austin Independent School District in the 1950s.  This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
September 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Whether it's pint-sized players running around on a city field or professional athletes suiting up for big gmes, football matters in Texas.  Featuring visitor activities, audio and video produced by NFL Films and extradordinary collection of over 200 artifacts, this exhibition presents the panaramic story of professional football from its humble beginnings in the late 19th century to its current status as a cultural phenomenon.  This exhibit is open to the public.  Check at the ticket stand for price of admission.
August 4, 2015 - November 29, 2015
A restless and intrepid traveler, Frank Reaugh (1860-1945) was one of the Southwest's earliest and most distinguished artists.  He sketched scenes while riding with cattlemen during the height of Texas' historic roundups, and he led annual sketch trips to some of Texas's most spectacular and remote locations.  This exhibition showcases Reaugh's approach to lanscape painting and his matery of the pastel medium.  This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
August 29, 2015 - November 14, 2015
When the United States declared war on December 8, 1941, Latinos in Houston were among the thousands that rushed to enlist.  Estimates state that roughly 500,000 U.S. Hispanics served during the war.  Drawing from archival documents, photographs, and oral histories from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, this exhibit reflects the experiences of and pays homage to Houston's Latina and Latino veterans of the Second World War. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
Evolution of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1920
September 21, 2015 - March 18, 2016
In 1823, Stephen F. Austin hired frontiersmen as rangers to lead expeditions against Native Americans on the frontier.  Twelve years later, on November 24, 1835, Texas lawmakers officially created a special force called the Texas Raners.  Since that time, the Rangers have become a hallmark in Texas history.  From the Republic of Texas era to the early-twentieth century, this exhibition examines how and in what ways the Lone Star State shaped what it meant to be a Texas Ranger. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.

Preserve Your Own History, and Go Behind the Scenes at the TSLAC Conservation Lab

You can celebrate Archives Month all year long by learning how to care for your own books, papers, photographs and other personal archives with these Preservation Tips from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Also, see what's happening in the TSLAC Conservation Lab, from interesting items chosen for treatment and how the professional conservator decides on the best course of action, to thoughts about how these records of the past reflect the lives of Texans and their world. You can see all this and more by following the TSLAC Conservation blog.


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