OCHS, WVC North host archival workshop March 4


By Herald staff

OMAK - The Okanogan County Historical Society and Wenatchee Valley College North have partnered to sponsor an archival workshop at the WVC North campus in Omak on Saturday, March 4.

An archive is defined as a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people or the place where historical documents or records are kept.

Carol Buswell, Education Specialist for the National Archives, will explain how this vast resource applies to your project and how to access the records. Buswell will demonstrate how to navigate the National Archives website to find materials. Handouts will be provided and computers will be provided to those who need them. Participants are invited to bring their own internet devices.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) holds all permanent records of every federal agency in the United States and has done so since about 1755.

The collection is comprised of more than 24 billion documents, including desk files, government reports, accounting records, census returns, maps, photographs, cartoons, posters, architectural plans and elevations, digital records, and sound and video recordings.

A working knowledge of NARA information can facilitate access to historical, ancestral and other records for writing and research projects. For example, NARA serves as a primary resource for much of the Ken Burns' PBS documentaries.

The workshop will be held from 1:30-4 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at the WVC North Computer Lab in Hazel Burnett Hall on the northeast corner of Apple and Ash streets in Omak.

Space is limited to 40 people. Interested parties may sign up by calling 509-422-7800 or 509-422-7803.

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