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Events and Exhibits Across the State

Chicago Open Archives: Collecting and Connecting
Multi-Cultural Institution Event
October 8-10, Chicago

College Archives Open House
Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections
October 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Lake Forest

Browse the College archives for memorabilia such as yearbooks, photos, Stentors, and more that will bring back fond memories! You are encouraged to bring any memorabilia you would like to contribute to the College's expansive collection.

The Champaign County History Sampler
October 17, multiple locations
Contact: Champaign County Historical Archives
Contact Number: 217.367.4025

Explore Champaign County's history during a day of special tours of local museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies. Meet archivists and local history experts, view special exhibits, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how local history is being preserved.
Participating locations:

Home Movie Day
Chicago Film Archives, Northwest Chicago Film Society
October 17, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Chicago History Museum, Chicago

Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods-in-transition. Many Chicagoans still possess these old reels, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely. That's where Home Movie Day comes in: you bring the films (16mm, 8mm and/or Super 8mm), and we inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer–all free of charge.

Southern Illinois Open Archives Day
This year to celebrate Archives Month, Special Collections Research Center at SIUC's Morris Library is organizing an open archives day. The event will take place on Friday, October 23rd. The listed Archives will be open and ready to show you their archival resources. Visitors to the archives will be given a map and a "passport" booklet with the names of participating societies. Each archive will give the visitors a stamp or a signature. Those visitors that visit all the archives, can submit their booklets and be entered to win some books on local history from the University Press. For more information, please contact Dr. Christina Bleyer,, 618-453-1499.

Participants include:
Special Collections Research Center at SIUC
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
SIUC University Museum
SIUC University Press
Jackson County Historical Society
Williamson County Historical Society
Union County Historical Society

WeDigBio at the Nature Museum
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (CAS/PNNM)

CAS/PNNM Collections department staff are hosting a drop-by transcription blitz! Visitors will learn about the importance of biodiversity collections and can choose to participate in one of the following hands-on projects: a) transcribe scientific specimen labels through Notes from Nature (, b) transcribe historic records about the Academy's collections, and c) georeference locality data for specimens from the Academy's collections.

Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, Cook County, IL 60614
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 10:30am to 4:00pm
Contact: Dawn Roberts, Collections Manager,, 773-755-5125 and