Start the New Year with a workshop on deciding to what to keep and what to throw away!

Join us for an encore presentation of What to Throw Away and What to Keep!
Saturday | January 29, 2022 | 10:00 am to Noon
| Register

Learn how to evaluate your collections and determine what to preserve. Make use of guiding questions and strategies to help you manage your papers, photos, digital files, books, and other historical materials and decide what to keep, what to discard, and what to pass on to others. This popular session was led by Emily Dominick and Anne Jenner in January 2021. They share the importance of writing a collection scope, what to consider when donating items or collections to repositories, what a deed of gift is, and more.

Register now for this free workshop

Join us for the 5th Annual Kent We Are History Keepers Workshop – Nov. 6 – Online

Register now for our Free Virtual Workshop on Preserving the Historical and Cultural Record of Our Ethnic Communities

Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 9 am to 4 pm (PST) on Zoom! 
Join any or all sessions of the daylong workshop.

Morning sessions 9:30 to 12:15
Presented by University of Washington archivists and librarians.

Researching Family and Local History Using Archives and Special Collections
Archives and special collections preserve and provide access to resources that lend context and first hand perspectives on family and community histories. This session will help you dig deeper into these unique collections by providing a basic overview of the types of resources found in these repositories, how to find relevant archival collections using a finding aid, and how to best prepare for your research visit. This session is geared towards you who are brand new to this type of research or anyone looking for a refresher. 

Managing Family Papers and Photographs
A personal or family archives will preserve your story for future generations. This session will focus on handling and managing items that you have collected. We willl discuss the optimal environment for your papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and other items that document your history. We’ll also dig into the essentials of organizing, storing, and sharing your collections, including preparing to pass items to others in your family or preparing to donate items to a repository. 

Managing and Preserving Digital Files: Audio/Visual Outsourcing and Digital Preservation
How should you preserve your film, VHS, and audio cassette recordings? This session will provide guidance around creating digital versions of your analog sources and then preserving the digital files. First, we’ll focus on audiovisual materials, such as film, video and audio tapes, providing example workflows for working with vendors to successfully complete outsourced digitization projects. Then, we’ll cover some principles and practices of digital preservation and how to ensure that digitized and born digital files are effectively maintained into the future.

Afternoon sessions 1:00 – 4:00
Presented by members of the Greater Kent community with a special focus on the First Peoples of Kent.

From Writing to Publishing Your Local History (1:00 – 2:15)

Astrida R. Blukis Onat: Documenting Washington State’s Sauk-Suiattle People
Jason Appelgate: Self-printing photographs and family stories
Leif Christensen: Crossbow Publishing: printing historical records

Preserving the Legacy of the First Peoples of Kent (2:30 to 4:00)

Mike Evans, Native American Elder and Historian
Emilio Miguel Torres, Torres Productions LLC

The Online We Are History Keepers workshop 
is hosted by
Ethnic Heritage Council
University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

We Are History Keepers
is supported in part by
4Culture and City of Seattle Arts & Culture

The workshop is free
and open to the public.
Register here

History Keepers 2021 Free Monthly Online Workshops Start Saturday, January 30 – 10:00 am to Noon

Register and join us every month in 2021 for a new interactive short workshop!
Saturday mornings. 10:00 am to Noon.


January 30 – What to Throw Away and What to Keep
Start the new year with a bit of organizing!  Join us for a session on evaluating your collections and determining what to preserve.  We will provide some guiding questions and strategies to help you manage your papers, photos, digital files, books, and other historical materials. 
Register for What to Throw Away and What to Keep

February 27 – Managing and Preserving Digital Files

Okay, so you know what to do with your physical collections, but what about digital files? We will go over the unique challenges of preserving digital materials, including the importance of moving your files off of external storage media, like CD-ROMs and floppy disks, where to store them, and the best file formats to use for long-term preservation.
Register for Managing and Preserving Digital Files

March 27 – Caring for and Digitizing Legacy Audio-Visual Materials

Learn tips and strategies for the preservation of audiovisual collections such as cassette tapes and home movies. Topics will include advice for storage and playback and methods/issues to consider when digitizing materials (or working with born digital media).
Register for Caring for and Digitizing Legacy A/V Materials

April 17 – Conducting Family History Research Using Archives & Special Collections

Discover resources that local libraries, historic organizations and museums hold that can give context and perspectives on your community’s history. Find out what local newspapers, photograph collections, census records, and even academic sources can bring to your history.
Register for Family History Research Using Archives and Special Collections

May 22 – Records Management for Organizations

This session will cover the basics of managing and preserving your organization’s records. Topics include what types of materials to save, how to appraise records, how and where to store records, and preservation of digital files. Learn about ongoing records management programs, cost considerations, and project management models.  We will also talk about supplies that will help you get started.
Register here for Records Management for Organizations!

Free Online Oral History workshop, Sat. Nov. 7, 2020

Register here for the 4th Annual Kent, Washington We Are History Keepers! The Ethnic Heritage Council, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections and special co-hosts the Greater Kent Historical Society will be joined by Kent Meridian Senior High Key Club Members to feature sessions on gathering and preserving significant stories about the lives and experiences of individuals, families, and communities.

The workshop will start at 9:00 am with an interactive instruction session on planning, conducting, and preserving oral history projects. Instruction and online resources will cover best practices in conducting an oral history program, including before, during, and after the interviews. Don’t miss the special presentation of a recent Zoom oral history project conducted by UW iSchool students.

Three members of the Kent Meridian Senior High School Key Club will present their experiences recording their family histories. Key Club is an international student-led organization that helps members with opportunities to provide service in their communities, to build character, and to develop the leadership skills needed in the future. Kent Meridian Senior High is part of Pacific Northwest District, Division 32 PNW Kiwanis.

Register here to receive a Zoom link and join us from 9:00 am to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.

ONLINE – We Are History Keepers Workshop, Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 am

Register and join us online
for a We Are History Keepers 
workshop – July 25, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
on Zoom!

Our originally planned workshop was scheduled to take place in the Crossroads Community Center for Bellevue and Eastside ethnic communities and historical organizations. Instead, interactive sessions will held online and led by University of Washington archivists and librarians. Topics to be covered at the workshop are organizing and preserving paper archives, digital files – including photos, and archiving audiovisual media. 

The workshop is FREE and open to all!
Registration is required and space is limited!  
A Zoom link will be provided to each registrant before the workshop.
Virtual “Doors” open at 9:30 am. Program begins at 10:00 and ends at 12:00 noon.

Learn more about the We Are History Keepers workshops and our upcoming events.
Contact us for more information.

Anne Jenner
Pacific Northwest Curator
University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

We Are History Keepers is a program developed by the
Ethnic Heritage Council
and the
University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Support comes from 4Culture.