Like anyone needs a reason to hang out with archivists. But in case you’ve been sitting on the fence about the best way to spend October 18th, from 10 am to 3pm, these should get you out to the Oregon Archives Crawl.
It’s a once a year experience! Unlike pub crawls, which you can do in Portland every day, evening, and night of the year, the Oregon Archives Crawl only happens once a year, during Archives Month. But like a pub crawl, The Oregon Archives crawl will fill you with happiness and leave your head swimming with knowledge.
The beauty of the south park blocks in Fall! Whether cloudy or sunny, roaming Portland’s arts and culture district, visiting archivists from all over the state, and snapping now-and-then photographs to share with friends sounds like a lot more fun than sitting in your living room fretting about whether the Ducks’ late game will result in loss number two. Plus you can pick up some goodies at the Portland Farmer’s Market as you travel from venue to venue.
Archivists are the bacon of the heritage world*. They sizzle, they pair well with almost anything, and they smell great. Well, maybe not the last one; but by making all of the diverse, unique, and fascinating collections they maintain available to you, they do spice up all of our lives. Just like bacon.
The stuff! Whether it’s Geoff Wexler’s perceptive and beautiful exhibit Worth/Worthless: Valuing our Collections or century old police dockets from the City of Portland Archives or some Henry Dosch photographs from 1905, our host institutions are just the start of your journey through the wildly varied archives you’ll see and hear about. And they’re right here in Oregon!
It feeds the head and the heart. And I’m not just talking about the artifacts that you can see and hold from the OHSU Archives table. Archives have the power to provide us with information that we need to understand why the present exists as it does and how we got to this point. Archives also have the power to connect us to past and alternate human experience. The archivists you’ll meet at the crawl are both knowledgeable and passionate about archives. Come catch the magic!
* archivists are not literally bacon. So vegans and other non-baconeers need not fear. For you, archivists are the seitan of the heritage world.