Events and Exhibits Across the State Illinois State Archives

Ask an Archivist Day
Society of American Archivists
October 5 (Nationwide)

"Celebrate 140 Years of the American Library Association with the ALA Archives"
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (American Library Association Archives)
October 6, Urbana

Chicago Open Archives: Yours to Explore
Over thirty local archives, research centers, and cultural institutions in the Chicago area will offer special events open to members of the public on October 6-8, 2016. Chicago Open Archives: Yours to Explore is an opportunity to discover unique historical materials and engage with archivists, librarians, and museum curators.
Multiple locations across Chicagoland area.
October 6-8, 2016

'Sometimes We Must Interfere' Exhibit Open House & Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Regional History Center at Northern Illinois University
Please join the Regional History Center in celebration of American Archives Month and the opening of our activism exhibit. The exhibit focuses on how and why people in Northern Illinois have promoted change. The exhibit showcases collection materials that promote discussions and actions of change such as strikes, labor issues, boycotts, demonstrations, and voting behaviors. As part of Chicago Open Archives 2016 the Center will also be providing behind-the-scenes tours with show-and-tell. To register, go to
Saturday, October 8, 2016;
Open house 10am-1pm; Tours 10am-3pm
Contact Sarah Cain at or 815-753-9394 with any questions.

2016 Electronic Records Day
Council of State Archivists
October 10 (Nationwide)

Special Collections Petting Zoo
Augustana College
October 14, Rock Island

Chicago Home Movie Day 2016
Co-hosted by the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Film Archives, and the Northwest Chicago Film Society
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL (Cook County)
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11am-3pm

University Archives Open House
Benedictine University
October 27, Lisle

Haunted Hilltop: Legends, Lore, and More from the Archives
Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College
Join us as we welcome campus and community members to share unique research and findings exploring Illinois College and Jacksonville hauntings, legends, lore, and more!
Illinois College, Kirby Learning Center, Room 006, 1101 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, Illinois 62650 (Morgan County)
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

WeDigBio: Chicago
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Transcription of specimen data and archives from the Academy's natural history collections.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, Cook County, IL 60614
Thursday, October 20, 2016 2-5pm and 6-8pm; Sunday, October 23, 2016 9am-12pm and 1-4pm