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Friday, April 5 • 9:15am - 10:00am
S302 Innovative Entertainment Outreach

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"Entertainment" and "Archives" are two words that most people, even archivists, are unlikely to pair together. The panelists will discuss various creative programs presented by university archives, a corporate archives, and a public library archives that have raised awareness of their institutions and have reached people in the community who otherwise would not consider attending Archives programs, have no immediate research needs, or are unfamiliar with Archives altogether.

Heather Stecklein will present ways that she integrates her Stouts Secrets Campus Walking Tour into existing departmental retreats, Homecoming events, and professional development initiatives. Megan Atkinson will present her exhibit at the Putnam County Fair and the Preservation Station for digitization of patrons’ obsolete formats. M. Nathalie Wheaton will present her experiences surrounding the demolition of four historic buildings on her institutions campus, which culminated in a well-attended and live-streamed event featuring the opening of four time capsules. Scott Brouwer will present Dark La Crosse, a popular suite of programs highlighted by an annual stage production with new researched content each year that features the seedier side of his city’s rich cultural history.

The panelists will also discuss what types of activities have worked well and which have not; the amount of effort, time, money, and administrative goodwill required; the collaborations with their communities that make the programs possible; and how the programs benefit current patrons, potential patrons, and their own institutions.


Scott Brouwer

La Crosse Public Library Archives

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Heather Stecklein

Director, UW-Stout Archives and Area Research Center, UW-Stout
Heather J. Stecklein has served as the Director of the UW-Stout Archives and Area Research Center for ten years. Previously, she administered audiovisual collections at Rush University Medical Center and Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, Illinois and Presbyterian Homes in Evanston... Read More →

Megan Atkinson

Tennessee Tech University Archives and Special Collections

M. Nathalie Wheaton

Rush University Medical Center Archives

Friday April 5, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
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