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.

History Keepers featured in UW Columns Magazine

A recent article published in the University of Washington alumni magazine called Shaping the future of history highlights the History Keepers workshops – free and open to the public – and offered several times a year in different place within the Puget Sound region. The next scheduled workshop will be held in Kent, Washington at the Kent Commons on October 12, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The article features beautiful photos of artifacts belonging to the Korean American Historical Society and comments by Mel Kang about what they learned from the workshops and the materials provided.

The Turkish American Cultural Association has also benefited from the workshops. “The tools and case studies presented at the workshops helped our researchers in the Turkish community save tons of hours so that we don’t have to invent something new on oral history projects,” says Ozgur Koc, a member of the board of directors of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington. “The workshops have helped us build relationships with other communities that we never have met.

Please contact us about your interest!