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NEA at Mass History Conference

2016-05-20 8:41 AM | Michelle Romero

Join the New England Archivists at the 2016 Massachusetts History Conference:

Putting History on the Map Together: In Town, County, and Across the Commonwealth
June 13, 2016
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Join us for a public conversation about advocacy for local and public history organizations in Massachusetts, along with a program filled with opportunities to meet, network, and collaborate. Participate in workshops; learn about grants; participate in skills development for professionals or volunteers in public history.

Keynote speaker: Steve Bromage, Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society and the Maine Memory Network.

See the full program and register at

Make sure to check out the NEA-sponsored and archives-related talks:

Digital Tools for Sharing Your Collections
Participants learn about and try out popular and readily-available archival digital tools, many of which are used by large archives, including Omeka, Flickr, Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, WordPress, digital humanities mapping, networks, and text analysis tools. What tools have you used to share and develop information with collaborators at a distance? Session includes tips, instruction, discussion, and hands-on learning.
     Marta Crilly, Boston City Archives
     Jenny Gotwals, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University
     Nicholas Houlahan, Simmons College
     James McGrath, Brown University
     Michelle Montalbano, Simmons College
     Anna Newman, Simmons College
     Greta Suiter, Institute Archives and Special Collections at MIT Libraries
     Mark Vassar, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University
     Jessica Venlet, Institute Archives and Special Collections at MIT Libraries

Setting Up an Archives
Participants learn how to set up an archives for a small historical organization, with practical tips from the trenches.
     Jeannette A. Bastian, Simmons College
     Michelle Chiles, Rhode Island Historical Society
     Rachel Onuf, Roving Archivist

Invitation to Collaborate
Working together for public history: learn about engaging collaboration opportunities currently available to historical organizations throughout Massachusetts, including cataloguing and or digitizing your materials, or participating in gathering up local memories and historical materials along with others.
     Tom Blake, Boston Public Library / Digital Commonwealth
     Rob Cox, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst
     Carolyn Goldstein, Mass Memories Road Show / University of Massachusetts Boston
     Desiree Hamelin, Freedom’s Way Trail Initiative
     Elizabeth Thomsen, Digital Commonwealth

This conference is sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB), New England Archivists, University of Massachusetts Amherst Program in Public History, University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Tracks and the Joseph P. Healey Library

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