This past week the OMA attended and presented a poster as part of the Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation, and Collaboration Symposium (CHAS) in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress; it was hosted by the American Folklife Center.
The aim of CHAS was to “energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities…Cultural heritage archives serve as valuable repositories of memory and knowledge that document the ongoing community-based creativity of individuals and groups. During the past decade, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the value and power of developing such archives at all levels, from very local and informal collections to large national and international repositories” ~ CHAS website
Over the course of the two day symposium there was an incredible energy among the presenters speaking on a variety of topics including: Users of Cultural Heritage Materials, Archival Description, Preservation and Digital Stewardship, Forging Archival Collaborations and Alliances, Sharing Resources, and Education and Training.
The OMA presented as part of a poster session and the poster is now available online via ScholarsArchive@OSU ~ link to poster pdf. The two projects described in the poster reflect the OMA’s dedication to assisting communities preserve and share their histories. The first is an example of assisting Oregon Chinese community through digital stewardship, the Oregon Chinese Disinterment Documents online collection and exhibit. The second is an example of assisting Oregon’s Tribal Communities through archival education, the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute.
For more information about CHAS visit the CHAS Website
Here are a couple photos of the poster and display table: