Sessions: Thursday, April 24th

After what should be an inspiring keynote address by Chuck Haddix, this year’s conference kicks off with three fantastic sessions:

  1. Road Trip! Archives and Heritage Tourism asks the question “How can archives support and benefit from heritage tourism?” Join Morgan Gieringer (University of North Texas) and panelists Sarah D’Antonio (Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics), Michael Everman (Missouri State Archives–St. Louis) and Heather J. Stecklein (University of Wisconsin–Stout) as they present three specific projects that have put the cultural tourist front and center.
    [Mission Room, Ballroom (3rd) Floor, Westin at Crown Center]
  2. Digital Projects on the Civil War Sesquicentennial across the Kansas-Missouri Border will give you a look at how three cultural organizations have brought digital technology to bear on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Eli Paul (Kansas City Public Library) and panelists Michael Church (Kansas Historical Society), David LaCrone (Kansas City Public Library), Abby Magariel (Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence) and Jason Roe, (Kansas City Public Library) will share their experiences in engaging the public with regional history that still resonates to this day. Come hear about the 1863 Commemorate Lawrence initiative and much, much more!
    [Century Ballroom A, Ballroom (3rd) Floor, Westin at Crown Center]
  3. Improvisations of Processing: Confronting the Unforeseen in Large Processing Projects. Part and parcel of the large, archival processing project is facing unexpected challenges: anything from contaminated papers to unfamiliar electronic file formats. Airen Campbell-Olszewski (Michigan Technological University) and panelists Rachael Bussert (Michigan Technological University), Daniel Michelson (Michigan Technological University), Brandon Pieczko (South Dakota State Historical Society–State Archives) and Marcella Wiget (Kansas Historical Society) will share their strategies and policies is handling unanticipated issues of preservation and access with large processing projects.
    [Shawnee Room, Ballroom (3rd) Floor, Westin at Crown Center]

All three session run concurrently from 3:30PM-5PM. More information is available in the conference program (pdf) or at

You can’t go wrong with whichever session you choose!