Pennsylvania State Archives Announces the 2016 Archives Without Tears Workshop Schedule

Archives Without Tears is a two-day workshop for those who work with historical records. It will be held May 24 and 25 in Ulysses, Pennsylvania, then repeated again in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania on June 16 and 17. The workshop will be presented by the Pennsylvania State Archives in partnership with Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and with the Blair County Genealogical Society

The schedule for both events will be:

Day One:

The Basics of Archives
• What historical records are—and are not
• Retaining historical records that people want to use
• Managing, receiving, and evaluating collections
• Protecting your collections from theft
• Dealing with copyright issues
• Tools to help users find information
• Processing and arrangement
• Communicating what you have and how to generate interest about your collections

Day Two:

Disaster Planning for Historical and Essential Records

• Am I prepared for the unexpected?
• What do I do when the water pipes break?
• Can my records be saved? Can they be restored?
• What supplies do I need when a disaster strikes?
• What are essential records? How do I identify them?
• Are my essential records backed up? Where?

Records Management

• Take control of your records
• Common mistakes
• Know what you have and where it is
• Reduce the cost of making records
• Assure the survival of long-term records

Details may be found at:


This program is what lead me into the field of the Archivist/ then in turn the one and only Mocavo Cummmunity Grant to digitize the Bethany Children’s Home of Womelsdorf, PA Book of Life. Different but similar for the genealogist – the archivist is the one who stores those most valuable documents and records we constantly demand and need. Make sure you thank them the next time you collect. Carl


I’m not an archivist, but it sounds like an awesome conference for those who are!


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