Archives….Believe it or Not!

You think your BS detector is well calibrated and fine tuned.  Well, come to the Seattle Archives Preservation Roadshow on May 14th and test it out.  We’ll provide a few items and accompanying descriptions.  Your job is to decide whether they are true or false.  Sounds easy, right?  Come and find out.  If you guess correctly, you can win preservation prizes such as preservation books (Saving Stuff and An Ounce of Preservation) to get you started, a preservation prize pack, and a year membership to MOHAI.

Let’s test your skills.

The Tintype on the left is August Kautz, who served in the U.S. Army at Fort Steilacoom. Kautz defended the Nisqually chief Leschi against Governor Stevens.  He eventually became a general during the Civil War….true or false?  Click here for the answer.

The event, parking, and all the activities are all free, and that’s no BS.


Identify Your Treasures and Artifacts! Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Highline Historical Society is putting on a program on Saturday, April 16 where you can have your valued treasures appraised ($) and identified.  Go and find out what your treasure is and how much its worth, then if it’s paper, photographic, film, audio, or digital come to the Seattle Preservation Roadshow on May 14th and we’ll tell you how to preserve it for the future.  These two events combined will help you understand the things that you treasure the most.

This event is not associated with the Seattle Archives Preservation Roadshow.

June 9th: Ask an Archivist Day on Twitter



Are you on twitter?  Want to know more about archives and archivists from around the world?  Log on and ask.  Want to know more information, see here.

Free Preservation Webinars from the American Library Association

Start your preservation education early.  Free webinars are available during preservation week.  Did I mention they’re free?

Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures (Tuesday, April 26th: 11:00 AM Pacific)

Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories (Thursday, April 28th: 11:00 AM Pacific)

Take a flyer and pass it on…

Take the Roadshow flyer and pass it on.  Want to know more about the event, email us here (

Mark Your Calendars…..Save the Date!

Would you like to better preserve your valuable personal and family archival materials before it’s too late?

Would you like to get professional advice on how to best manage your digital files with an eye to the future?

Come and ask an archivist or museum professional in person.

Saturday May, 14 2011 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Pacific Alaska Region
6125 Sand Point Way NE Directions
Seattle, Washington 98115-7999