SAA-UW, archives and special collections, and history-related events in the Seattle area for the month of October.

archivesmosmOctober is American Archives Month!
Repositories across the country will be participating in their own ways to promote awareness of archives.  SAA has a website geared toward participating institutions.  Stay tuned for events as they pop up throughout the month.

Free First Thursday
Thursday, October 2
Participating Seattle museums, including MOHAI, are free every first Thursday of the month.  For more information, visit MOHAI’s website.

UW Reads the US Constitution
Thursday, October 2, 12-1:15 pm
Suzzallo Library, 3rd floor outside Reading Room
Sign up to read or just come listen to UW Library’s annual reading of the US Constitution.  See the UW Library’s website for more information.

SAA Webinar: Records Management for Archivists
Tuesday, October 7, 2-3:30 pm
Records Management for Archivists online seminar (webinar) by the Society for American Archivists.  For more information and for registration, see the SAA calendar.  For more SAA workshops in locations throughout the country, visit their events page.

MOHAI Pub Trivia
Tuesday, October 7, 7 pm
The Wurst Place, 510 Westlake Avenue North
MOHAI hosts pub trivia in South Lake Union.  For more information, visit MOHAI’s website.

History Cafe: Seattle Women’s Clubs
Thursday, October 16, 6:30-7:30 pm
History discussion group sponsored by MOHAI, SPL, and  For more information, visit MOHAI’s website.

12th Annual Home Movie Day
Saturday, October 18, 10 am-1 pm
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
Join SAA-UW at Seattle Home Movie Day!  We will be attending this event as a group. The 12th Annual Home Movie Day will show attendees’ and orphaned films (8 & 16 mm and Super8), and give advice on care and preservation.  Featuring UW Library’s very own Hannah Palin, Film Archives Specialist.  For more information, see the Center for Home Movies’ website.

WESTPAS Workshop: Protecting Cultural Collections
Sunday, October 19, 9 am-4 pm
Yakima Valley Museum,  2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA
Webinar (to be done online in advance) and following in-person workshop on preservation from the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS).  For more information and registration, go to the Northwest Archivists website.

SAA Webinar: EAD3 – What’s New?
Thursday, October 23, 12-1:30 pm
Webinar by the Society for American Archivists on the new version of EAD (Encoded Archival Description).  For more information and registration, go to the SAA calendar.

Seattle Area Archivists Meeting
Thursday, October 23, 2:30-4:30 pm
Bertha Landes room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue
SeaAA joint meeting with ARMA.  The topic is Space – the Final Frontier.  For more information, see the SeaAA post.

SAA Workshop: Archives Overview
Friday, October 24, 9 am-5 pm
Oregon Historical Society, Madison Room – Portland, OR
Workshop sponsored by SAA provides a basic starting point for understanding archives and historical records.  For registration and more information, visit the workshop page.

Grays Harbor Happenings Film Screening
Late October, TBD
Allen Library, Special Collections classroom
Visual Materials Curator Nicolette Bromberg and Film Archives Specialist Hannah Palin have graciously agreed to do an encore presentation of the award-winning documentary Grays Harbor Happenings.  The film centers around Grays Harbor County home movies from the UW collections, illustrating life in the Pacific Northwest during the early 20th century.  For more information on the film, see this blog post from UW Libraries Digital Initiatives.

Exhibit at UW Special Collections – From the Lowly Lubok to Soviet Realism: Early Twentieth Century Children’s Books from Russia
Ongoing through October 24
Lobby and Reading Room, Special Collections, Allen Library, UW
From UW Library website: “This exhibition in Special Collections, curated by Pamela K. Harer, brings together rare and scarce Russian children’s books from early in the 20th century and represents some of the most striking book design and illustration known to the field.  Most of the books included date from between the two World Wars, during the period of the Russian Revolution and were considered ‘a major weapon for education.’ See the work of Pakhomov, Konashevich, Lebedev and Lissitzky. The names of the artists may be unfamiliar but the images and design elements are unforgettable.”  Check Special Collections website for current hours, though some of the exhibit is visible in the lobby during Allen Library open hours even when Special Collections is closed.

Voices from beyond the Grave: Stories from Seattle’s Cemeteries
Tuesday, October 28, 3-4:30 pm
Seattle Central Library, Level 4, Room 1 – Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room
Hear histories of Seattle’s cemeteries, notable people buried in them, and learn about cemetery research.  See SPL’s website for more information.

Exhibit at MOHAI – Shalom! Open for Business: Tales of Jewish Merchants in Washington State
Ongoing through January 2015
Museum of History & Design
From the MOHAI website: “From the mid-19th century through the early-20th century, Jewish immigrants from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean arrived in Washington state. […] In search of opportunities within a new frontier, they set up shop – and shops – to build better lives for their families. Wholesalers and retailers, these enterprising immigrants – most speaking little or no English – served the unique needs of the Jewish community and met the commercial demands of a growing region.”


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