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7 October 2011

The First Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Conference Ready To Be Held

Digital Public Library of America invites interested candidates to participate in the public conference to showcase innovative ideas for the Digital Public Library of America in Washington, DC on October 21, 2011.

According to the organizers, “The first Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) conference will bring together government leaders, librarians, technologists, makers, students, and others interested in building a national digital library to present the vision for the DPLA effort and to create multiple points of entry for public participation in the initiative's work.

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20 September 2011

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Life & Luxury: The Art of Living in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Experience the elegance of a typical day in a Paris town house during the 1700s. Life & Luxury: The Art of Living in Eighteenth-Century Paris re-imagines—through art and material culture—the lifestyle of elite 18th-century Parisians. This sumptuous exhibition offers a glimpse into the conventional activities in the cycle of a single day: dressing, writing, collecting, eating, and evening entertainment.

Life & Luxury brings together some 160 objects, roughly half of them loans from 26 museums and private collections around the world.

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21 June 2011

Thousands Stop To See Emancipation Proclamation

Thousands have turned out at a Detroit-area museum to see the original Emancipation Proclamation during a free, around-the-clock display.

The historic document went on display Monday evening. Henry Ford Museum in says it's the first time the Emancipation Proclamation has visited Michigan since 1948. The display runs through Wednesday morning.

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7 June 2011

On Thursday June 9th, 2011 it is #AskArchivists Day on Twitter

To get more attention for archives on Twitter there will be a Twitter event #AskArchivists on 2011 June 9th. This Twitter event is managed by Charlotte S H Jensen of the National Museum (National Museet) in Copenhagen (Denmark) & Anneke van Waarden-Koets of the Zealand Archive (Zeeuws Archief) in Middelburg (the Netherlands). The Twitter event is an international happening, so every archive and archivist in the world can take part. The name of the Twitter event is: Ask Archivists. The hashtag (#) for the Twitter event is: #AskArchivists.

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10 February 2011

Clock is Ticking for Magna Carta Viewing

History buffs have only a few days left to look at the Magna Carta, the foundation of English law, at the National Archives before it is taken off display for one year. The 1297 document is being removed, the Archives announced, to prepare it for a new encasement. The last day for current viewing is March 1.

When the document returns in March 2012, there will be some new bells and whistles. A new display case will have an interactive exhibit and visitors will be able to read the Latin document through a translation feature. The display will also have materials about the connections between the Magna Carta and American history.

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9 February 2011

Getting Started in Digital Preservation - Glasgow - 28th February 2011

Following on from the very successful 'Decoding the Digital' conference, the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre and the Digital Preservation Coalition are delighted to invite you to the second of four events designed to raise awareness of digital preservation issues, increase involvement with digital preservation activities.

Where and when? 28th February 2011 (1030-1600), Wolfson Medical Building, Glasgow University, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ.

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18 October 2010

Announcing The ‘history & Genealogy Expo Sydney 2010’

Unlock the Past with the support of the Society of Australian Genealogists announces the History & Genealogy Expo Sydney 2010. This will be a fascinating 2 day exhibition and conference on 22-23 October 2010 at Parramatta RSL, Corner Macquarie and O’Connell Streets, Parramatta, NSW.

For more information including speakers, exhibitors and program visit the Unlock the Past website:

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29 September 2010

The Filipino American History Month in Long Beach, California

Ala-ala: Remembrances - An exhibit of WWII photos, found by an artist among discarded items in the street, will be featured at the Long Beach Public Library and Information Center starting October 12, 2010. These historical pictures were taken by the United States Army Signal Corps during the liberation of the Philippines.

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3 June 2010

Midwestern Roots 2010: Family History and Genealogy Conference in Indianapolis

The Indiana Historical Society will present Midwestern Roots 2010: Family History and Genealogy Conference Aug. 6-7, at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

The regional event, themed Migration Then and Now, offers tools and techniques to help individuals identify and locate records that can lead to information about ancestors. Attendees can also learn about the resources that can answer the questions about their family's history and find out how those records have "migrated" to new technology.

For conference information, registration forms, exhibitor information and specific pricing, call 1-317-232-1882 or log on to

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2 March 2010

Earhart Exhibit Showcases World’s Largest Display On Pioneer Aviator

Purdue Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections (Indiana, USA) has opened a display for the world’s largest collection of papers, memorabilia and artifacts related to Amelia Earhart, the pioneer pilot who paved new paths for women at the university and in society.

“Amelia Earhart: The Aviator, the Advocate, and the Icon” opened Monday (March 1) and will be shown through May 28 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center. The display is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday. Beginning May 10, shortened summer hours will be in effect.

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19 February 2010

Australia: Shake Your Family Tree Day – 23 February 2010

To encourage more Australians to unearth personal treasures, the National Archives is hosting a Shake Your Family Tree day in each of our capital city offices.

We have information in our vast collection about many Australian families – possibly your own. If members of your family migrated here in the 20th century, served in the defence forces, or worked for, or had any other dealings with, the Australian Government, we’re likely to have something to interest you.

Each Archives office will offer a range of activities including talks, preservation workshops, demonstrations and introductory research training. With expert family historians on hand, visitors will learn how to locate treasures such as letters, photographs, service records, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records, copyright registrations and other government records.

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17 November 2009

8th European Conference On Digital Archiving, 28-30 April 2010

Announcement: The 8th European Conference on Digital Archiving will be held in Geneva from 28-30 April 2010. It will follow in the footsteps of the European Conferences on Archives of recent decades. By emphasizing digital elements and archiving as a function instead of the archive as an institution, however, it aims to take a new approach. The future will be digital, but we want to preserve the analogue tradition: the archive of the future must be a safe place for the analogue and digital traces of the past - this is our responsibility.

We are already confident that you will enjoy an attractive and varied programme. Further information is available at:

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4 November 2009

IS&T Archiving Conference 2010

The first IS&T Archiving Conference was held in 2004. Currently, the conference location alternates between the US and Europe.

Since the first meeting, Archiving has continued to offer a unique opportunity for imaging scientists and those working in the cultural heritage community (curators, archivists, librarians, etc.), as well as in government, industry, and academia, to come together to discuss the most pressing issues related to the digital preservation and stewardship of hardcopy, audio, and video.

Next Archiving Conference:

Dates: June 1 - June 4, 2010
Location: Den Haag, The Netherlands

The latest information for the next Archiving conference is found at

31 October 2009

The London History Festival

The London History Festival is a welcome new addition to the capital's cultural life and one that should help satisfy the already considerable appetite for history in one of the world's truly global cities. As editor of History Today, a publication whose mission is to bring the work of leading historians to the widest possible audience,

The London History Festival is a social event too, encouraging its audience to mingle and share common interests. The authors will also be available for a book signing session and chat over a drink once the talks are completed.

The festival runs from the 2nd - 10th November and takes place at Kenssington Central Library, London, England.

27 October 2009

30 Swedish Heritage Sites And Museums In The Delaware Valley, USA

The New Sweden Centre has erected a map sign, at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, 1124 E 7th St., Wilmington, DE, with 30 Swedish Heritage sites and museums the public may visit in the Delaware Valley. This informative sign has been designed to complement the State of Delaware’s newly launched Geo-caching History Trail that was initiated Oct 6th, 2009.

The Swedish Council of America, a national umbrella organization of Swedish Culture and History, participated in the unveiling and dedication of map October 22nd as part of a tour of many of these sites in conjunction with their National conference held in Philadelphia, Pa.

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