Events and Exhibits Across the State Illinois State Archives

Researching Chicago History
Chicago Public Library, Clearing Branch Library (Co-sponsored with Clear-Ridge Historical Society)
Online Workshop (via Zoom)
October 5, 2020, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Researching Chicago history, whether for your own family or just general history, can be rewarding but can also be very frustrating. Navigating the many online resources available can be overwhelming.

Join this class on how to do Chicago history research. You'll learn how to use many of the online resources available through Chicago Public Library as well as many other useful sources.

Ask an Archivist Day
Society of American Archivists
October 7, 2020

What Is #AskAnArchivist Day?
It's an opportunity to:

• Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible.
• Talk directly to the public—via Twitter—about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work.
• Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives while celebrating American Archives Month!
• Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives.
• Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists.

How Does It Work?
On October 7, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants.

Electronic Records Day
Council of State Archivists
October 10, 2020
Electronic Records Day is designed to raise awareness among state government agencies, the general public, related professional organizations, and other stakeholders about the crucial role electronic records play in their world.

“DePaul Through the Years”
DePaul University
October 16, 2020, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

From its founding as St. Vincent’s College in 1898 to the re-chartering as DePaul University in 1908 and through the twentieth century to today, the campuses, students and activities of DePaul have undergone many changes. Join University Archivist, Brittan Nannenga, for a webinar that explores these changes through the records, papers, photographs and memorabilia held in University Archives. The presentation will cover topics such as campus life and traditions, student organizations and activism, and the expansion of buildings and programs, while also addressing the ongoing work of documenting university history and the student experience at DePaul.

Chicago Open Archives: The Unconference
Chicago Area Archivists
Remote Conference (involving various Chicago-area repositories)
October 23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

CAA invites you to participate in our first ever, Chicago Open Archives Unconference.

In celebration of American Archives Month, Chicago Open Archives connects community members with the collections, programs, and services of archival repositories throughout the city and suburbs.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, this year’s COA celebration will be in the form of a remote conference.

Chicago Home Movie Day 2020
Co-sponsored by the Chicago Film Archives, the Chicago Film Society, and the South Side Home Movie Project
Televised (CAN-TV) and Streaming (Facebook and Vimeo)
October 24, 2020 and October 31, 2020; 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. each night

This year, Chicago Film Archives, Chicago Film Society and South Side Home Movie Project join forces this year to present CHICAGO HOME MOVIE DAY on CAN-TV and online. Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods-in-transition. Home movies often commemorate scenes of enormous personal importance: weddings, graduations, birthdays, family reunions. Though home movies often begin as family records with deeply private meaning, the passage of years makes them compelling to people far beyond your immediate family. They serve as authentic records of our neighborhoods, traditions, and communities.

This year, CFA, Chicago Film Society, and South Side Home Movie Project will present two curated 2-hour programs of home movies (& MORE), broadcast on Chicago public access channel CAN-TV as well as streaming on Facebook and Vimeo. The first program will be presented on October 24 from 7:00-9:00 PM. The second program will be presented October 31 from 7:00-9:00 PM and will be Halloween-themed!

Different Archives, Different Histories
University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for the Humanities
Virtual Conference (via Zoom)
October 29 and 30, 2020

This conference aims to explore conversations that are currently being pursued across a range of disciplines on the importance of archives to cultural understanding. The practice of acquiring, preserving, and administering cultural artifacts is now more important than ever; this conference seeks to expose why archiving has become a topic of urgent intellectual discussion in our schools and communities.