02 / 14 / 19

PASIG 2019 – Recap of Day 1

The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. Their annual conference, PASIG 2019, brings together practitioners, industry experts and researchers to share their experiences and develop best practices. My key take-aways from Day 1: Digital preservation is a long-term investment and an institution cannot… Read more »

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02 / 11 / 19

Prequel to PASIG 2019

The Preservations and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is holding its annual meeting this week at the El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. This is the first time this international event has been held in Central America, and it promises to be an excellent conference. PASIG is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital… Read more »

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02 / 11 / 19

Unfreezing 1923: How the Reopening of the Public Domain Opens Doors for Museums

After a 20-year freeze, a flood of new content is now available in the public domain: iconic films like Charlie Chaplin’s The Pilgrim, riveting reads by Willa Cather and H.G. Wells, remarkable works by M.C. Escher and Henri Matisse, and much more. The public domain has remained frozen in place since 1998. That year, Congress… Read more »

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11 / 05 / 18

Start Your Museum CMS Selection Process with a Needs Assessment

Museums and cultural institutions use a database system better known as a collections management system (CMS) to help care for their collection of archives, historical objects, and artifacts. Galleries, museums and even libraries use a museum CMS to track and control all data and information related to the objects in the collection. Since a CMS… Read more »

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04 / 05 / 18

A Historic Presidents Race

Major league baseball is a sport steeped in history, tradition, and statistics. With the start of the 2018 baseball season officially underway we thought it would be fun to examine one of the traditions of our local MLB team, the Washington Nationals — the Presidents race. Most major league teams try to keep their crowds… Read more »

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01 / 16 / 18

Found in the Garcia Archives: Inspiration from a Notable Civil Rights Leader

In 2016, History Associates began working with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to process and digitize a unique archival collection from Dr. Hector P. Garcia — a prominent champion of civil rights for veterans and Mexican-Americans in the late 20th century. Before his death, he donated a large portion of his papers and memorabilia to the… Read more »

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12 / 07 / 17

Behind the Scenes: Insights of an Interpretive Planner

Interview with Halley Fehner, CIP, Content Director, Exhibits and Interpretive Planning How did your background influence your decision to become an Interpretive Planner? I come from a history-loving family who also really like to hike, so we visited a lot of historic sites, Civil War battlefields, museums, and national parks when I was growing up…. Read more »

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11 / 06 / 17

The Modern Museum: Trends in Cultural Institutions

Museums and historical sites are keepers of the past, but the ways they convey and share stories are constantly evolving. Today, institutions are actively redefining what it means to be a steward of history by updating interpretation, broadening audiences, and investing in new technologies. At History Associates, we attend conferences, seminars, and other training sessions,… Read more »

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09 / 26 / 17

Hidden Figures: Unearthing Black History in Museums and Archives

Museums and archives preserve and tell significant stories. They also serve their visitors, connecting people to their histories and providing an opportunity to hear otherwise unheard voices. Historically, both of these types of institutions were places of privilege, but today they serve increasingly diverse communities that demand inclusive narratives. As museums and archives work to… Read more »

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05 / 08 / 17

A Day in the Life of an Archivist: Processing the Garcia Papers

More Product, Less Process – Interview with Erica Williams, Archivist and Records Manager What is your role at History Associates? I’ve been an archivist at History Associates for 11 years now. It was my first job out of grad school. We’re a team of historians and archivists who are hired by private companies, government organizations,… Read more »

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