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News Release — October 11, 2011

Sixth Annual Archives Day Celebration

Friday, October 14, 2011
Panel, Q&A, Reception: 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public

SAN MARCOS, TX — October is National Archives Month, and on Friday, October 14, as part of their sixth annual Archives Day celebration, the Wittliff Collections and the University Archives at Texas State University-San Marcos present a panel on “Archives and Anniversaries.” The panel will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library. A moderated discussion and Q&A will follow the panel, along with a catered public reception from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. Attendance of the panel is not required to attend the reception.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to southwesternwriters@txstate.edu.

Addressing the “Archives and Anniversaries” theme, local archivists and historians will demonstrate how archival repositories have helped their communities commemorate important anniversaries through the preservation and presentation of historical records. This event is not just for archivists and historians. Anyone interested in how community history is remembered, preserved, and represented will want to attend.

The panelists will be: Laura Saegert, from Texas State Library and Archives Commission, who will talk about the commemoration of Texas’s 175th anniversary; Caitlin Donnelly, archivist for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who will speak about preserving the history of the Alamo; Margaret Vaverek, from Texas State University, who will present on the celebration of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Centennial at Texas State University; and Eva Sankey, from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, who will talk about remembering the St. John’s Orphanage fire in 1912.

For more information about the event, contact Wittliff Collections lead archivist, Katie Salzmann, at 512.245.3861 or salzmann@txstate.edu.