With Archives Month ending this Friday amid sugar and ghouls, I’d like to report on the 2014 Oregon Archives Crawl. First, I’d like to thank all of the people — planners, participants, and crawlers — for bringing the Archives Crawl back to Portland’s October calendar. All of you are vital in hooking people up, many for the first time, with archives and archivists.
We recorded over 800 visitors at the three host locations. Crawlers, passports and postcards in hand, went on tours, took photos, asked questions, and met representatives of nearly 30 archival organizations. There is no way to summarize all of the energy and fun that both the organizations and the visitors shared, but Max Johnson, archivist for OHSU had this to say about his table:
I noticed that folks really liked to see Marquam Hill in the 1920’s (we used an image of that for our banner). The image seemed to really bring home the extent of Portland’s growth in the last 100 years. That coupled with the skull and a surgical kit from the late 19th century brought in some of the best reactions from visitors. I am thinking next year we could do a display called “Skulls, Knives and Aerials.”
Well, color me curious!
I can’t wait for the 2015 Archives Crawl to see what fun archivists have in store for people. We have what you are looking for and want to help you connect with it. But remember that archivists don’t just pop up in October. You can visit archives year round, as many as you want! So come visit. We hope to see you all soon.