Last week, archivist Mona K. Vance presented twice at the Southern Archivist Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
During the first session Vance co-presented with Jennifer Rose, Public History Coordinator at the Sunflower County Public Library. They discussed how repositories can successfully reach and work with local schools to bring students into the archives. Vance spoke about the “Tales from the Crypt” program that works with high school juniors at the Mississippi School for Math and Science. Rose shared her experience with beginning a similar program called “Headstone Stories” using sixth grade students at Indianola Academy.
For the second presentation, Vance focused on the Archival Training Collaborative (ATC) and the work that the ATC is doing in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The ATC works to bring afforadable workshops about archival work and preservation to paraprofessionals throughout these three states. Vance has been involved with the ATC for the past four years. For more information about ATC visit http://archivaltraining.org.
The Southern Archivists Conference meets bi-annually and serves as a forum for archivists and institutions in member states to share insights on innovative archival theory and practice, to hear from experts in the archival field at large, and to strengthen ties between the archival communities of the South. Currently, the SAC has active membership from statewide organizations in Louisiana (Lousiana Archives and Manuscripts Association), Mississippi (Society of Mississippi Archivists), Alabama (Society of Alabama Archivists), and Tennessee (Society of Tennessee Archivists).