Workshop Announcement-Bringing History Home: Educational Outreach Using Local Government Records, January 18, 2017

Please join us for a free educational outreach workshop on January 18, 2017, from 10am-3pm in the Endeavour Room of the Wright State University Student Union.

thumbnail_ohrab-logoThe Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB), with funding by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and support from Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, is proud to sponsor a unique, educational, hands-on workshop opportunity.  The Greene County Records Center and Archives, winner of the 2016 OHRAB Achievement Award and the 2016 NAGARA Program Excellence Award, is bringing its outreach initiative to you and giving you the tools to develop such a program in your archives and records center!

In 2015, the Greene County Records Center and Archives set about creating a program, using their archival records, to engage students and educators alike as to what the archives were and how the primary sources that they held, such as freedom papers, maps, deeds, tax records and more, could enrich students’ educational experiences, teach research concepts, and bring the state and national issues that they were studying home on a local level.

Teachers rave:

“I am really enthused that our tax money can be used to support the education of the students of Greene County. Thank you for providing this service to us!”

“Using these documents [primary sources]…was a nice way of taking a larger historical narrative and zooming into the local level.” 

“Visualization skills [learned from the program] allowed the students to infer and think deeply.”

The workshop will encompass both presentation and hands-on learning. Lunch will be provided at no charge.

Participants attending this workshop will:

  •  Gain an understanding of how to develop an educational outreach program;
  •  Gain an understanding of the benefits of creating an educational outreach program;
  •  Be provided with some tips on how to market your educational outreach program;
  •  Actually participate in the 4th, 6th, and 8th grade programs developed by the Greene County Records Center & Archives;
  •  Take away an educational outreach packet of materials developed by the Greene County Records Center & Archives.

Parking: Free (Visitor Lot 2, in front of Student Union)   Campus Map:

A special behind the scenes tour of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, will follow the workshop for those interested.

To Register:

Questions? Contact Pari Swift at or 614-466-1356 Or Dawne Dewey at or 937-775-2011

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Winter Break Closure, Dec. 23-Jan. 2

Special Collections & Archives will be closed for the duration of Wright State University’s holiday closure period: December 23, 2016-January 2, 2017.

We will re-open Tuesday, January 3, 2017, on our “break hours” schedule. The hours for the week of January 3-8, 2017, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note there will be no extended hours on Wednesday night or Sunday afternoon that week.

The spring semester begins the following Monday, January 9. Our first Wednesday night will be January 11 and the first Sunday January 15. We are, however, closed on Monday, January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

To check hours for a specific day or week, please visit the University Libraries’ online Calendar of Hours & Events and make sure you’ve selected “Special Collections & Archives” on the left-hand menu under “Hours.”

While the office may be closed, our web site (including collection guides), blogs, and digital collections on CORE Scholar are available 24/7/365.

We apologize for the inconvenience and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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Student Volunteers in the Stacks

For the past few weeks Special Collections & Archives has been very fortunate to have two student volunteers from the Wright State University Center for International Education giving their time.

Alexandra “Sasha” Gribinenko, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, and now a resident of Bender, Moldova, is an English Literature major. She enjoys translating texts, especially poetry, and hopes to build a career with an international organization assisting students from around the world. When asked what she most enjoys about Wright State, Sasha said “my most favorite thing here is the UCIE Office. I met so many amazing people there!”


Sasha smiling from the stacks

Med Elkebir, also an English major, traveled to Wright State from Nouakchott, Mauritania. As a student, he has focused on honing his English language skills in preparation for a career in the international business world. Med, when asked about his favorite part of Wright State, replied “it is the nice and welcoming people I got to know here. I never felt isolated, disconnected, or anything else, but home.”


Med hard at work

Sasha and Med not only greatly assisted the SC&A staff with daily duties and care of the collections, but they also picked up conservation skills by cleaning volumes, dusting boxes, interleaving Permalife (acid-free paper) between photograph album pages, and arranging files alphabetically. Along the way they also mastered the use of soft brushes, magnetic cloths, vulcanized rubber sponges, and our HEPA vacuum. When asked what the neatest thing he had seen here, Med jokingly replied “the vacuum.”


Med cleaning a ledger book with the vacuum


Sasha dusting the Ross A. McFarland Collection (FSC-1)

We always hope all our students and volunteers gain something during their time with us. Med said “I learned how to cautiously clean old books, arrange files according to the alphabet, and much more.” Sasha added “I learned how to take care of really old books and pictures, and how to preserve them. And, of course, I’ve learned a little bit more about Dayton history.”

Special Collections & Archives would like to thank Med and Sasha for giving their time and to wish them both much success in their continued studies at Wright State and future careers!

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