Month: April 2015
In March, as part of our UM-SAA Spring Events schedule, a group of UMSI students visited The Henry Ford Archives at the Benson Ford Research Center. The Archives house a wide variety of collections ranging from original Ford Motor Company car part drawings to photographs of the first flight taken by the Wright brothers in 1903. The Digital Access and Preservation Archivist, Brian Wilson—a UMSI alum—gave us a tour through the archives stacks and showed us some unique items from the archives, including a collection of lantern slides from the World’s Fair and conceptual drawings for the San Francisco BART trains.
After the tour, we had the opportunity to walk through the museum. Brian demonstrated some of the interactive displays that were stationed throughout the exhibit. The displays are a joint effort of the museum and archives to connect museum exhibits to archival materials in order to engage visitors and introduce them to primary source materials. Our visit gave us a glimpse into the exciting and multi-faceted collections of The Henry Ford.
On any given day that ends in a 5 you can find one, or more, of our members participating in SNAP Roundtable’s “Archives on the Fives.” You can typically find them nestled at home, taking break from homework, or even somewhere else in the country. Our chapter had a thought: if enough of our members are participating, why not host a place for everyone to do so together. That’s how Tweets and Eats was born!
On March 25, 2015, members of the chapter gathered to participate in SNAP Roundtable’s Twitter chat. The event was opened to members of the UMSI community, whether or not they had a Twitter account. Using the chapter’s Twitter account everyone’s answers were curated together and shared using #snaprt. Some members followed along with their own accounts in the room.
Overall the event was a success. The chapter garnered a few favorites and retweets. We were even able to chat with a UMSI alum! Follow us at @mich_archives to see us in action at a future Tweets and Eats!