Archives Update! by Annie Johnson

Life here in the archives has been very busy of late! In the past month we have tabled in the Memorial Union for Leave Your Legacy, installed an exhibit: “Blending words and art: A view into children’s publishing”, outside room 119 in the Library, created and conducted a Curator for a Day outreach program with Emporia High art students, and installed an exhibit for the Emporia High School highlighting some of our most interesting artistic pieces.
The grand opening for “Blending words and art: A view into children’s publishing” was on October 1st. During this time, 26 people came and enjoyed refreshments and the beautiful display showcasing some of the University’s best examples of pieces dealing with children’s publishing. This fun and informative exhibition will be on display tentatively until November 13th, so if you want to see some great illustrations and learn about the illustrious May Massee, make your way down to room 119 in the Library!
On October 12th and 13th members of the University Special Collections and Archives situated themselves in the Memorial Union, trying to spread the word about the re-launch of our Leave Your Legacy initiative. We talked to about 45 students regarding the program – 31 Monday and 14 on Tuesday. Most that we talked to seemed really excited to “Share Their Hornet Story!” The Archives also acquired 4 donations during this time. We will be having another Leave Your Legacy Day on Wednesday November 18th – make sure to stop by and learn more about this great initiative, or donate some of your history before Thanksgiving Break.
A few weeks ago, Ashley, Kylie, and I had a meeting with Emporia High’s librarian and art teachers. In said meeting, we discussed outreach programs that could possibly be implemented, and to throw around ideas for an exhibition in the display case outside the art room. On October 19th, we went up to the high school and installed an exhibit which showcased some of our most impressive collections, including William Allen White, Mary White, Bonner and Bonner, Walter M. Andersen, and May Massee. Yesterday, October 27th, Kylie and I trekked up to the high school once more to present our Curator for a Day project, which focused on children’s illustrators. The students learned about all the work that goes into creating an exhibition, and then created their own! This was the first time this program has been conducted, and it seemed to be enjoyed by all. Our hopes are high that this program will become an annual event.

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