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October Is American Archives Month

All month long the State Archives will celebrate our spooky theme, Tales From the Archives, with events that bring to light our darker side.

We invite you to:

Archives Month events

October 5

Voices From the Past: A Walking Tour of Tallahassee’s Old City Cemetery

10 to 11 a.m.
Old City Cemetery, 140 North Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Cemeteries may be creepy, but they can also be a treasure trove of historical information. Archives Historian Dr. Josh Goodman will explain the history of the cemetery, its notable interred and the historical records the Archives has related to those individuals. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a frightfully good time! 

Participants will meet at the cemetery entrance located on North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Street parking is available on North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Park Avenue. The cemetery is also a short walk from the R.A. Gray Building, which provides free parking to State Archives patrons.

This event is sold out.

October 8

Archives After Dark: Extended Hours

4:30 to 8 p.m.
Archives Reference Room

Crypt Keepers (also known as archivists and librarians) will be available to answer research questions, pull archival materials, and direct you to the presentation about the horrors we find and deal with at the State Archives.

Terror of the Archives: Preservation Issues

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Archives Reference Room

In this special, behind-the-scenes presentation, Archivist Matthew Storey will use records from our collections to demonstrate the preservation horrors that archivists encounter and how to address them.

This event is FREE, but space is limited. RSVP today to guarantee your spot.

October 12

Saturday Research Hours

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Archives Reference Room

Another opportunity to meet the Crypt Keepers (also known as archivists and librarians) who will be available to answer research questions, pull archival materials, and direct you to the walking tour and genealogy presentation.

Voices From the Past: A Walking Tour of Tallahassee’s Old City Cemetery

10 to 11 a.m.
Old City Cemetery, 140 North Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Cemeteries may be creepy, but they can also be a treasure trove of historical information. Archives Historian Dr. Josh Goodman will explain the history of the cemetery, its notable interred and the historical records the Archives has related to those individuals. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a frightfully good time! 

Participants will meet at the cemetery entrance located on North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Street parking is available on North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Park Avenue. The cemetery is also a short walk from the R.A. Gray Building, which provides free parking to State Archives patrons.

This event is sold out. 

Documenting the Dearly Departed: Records for Family History Research

1 to 2 p.m.
Archives Reference Room

In this presentation, Archives Historian Dr. Josh Goodman will use records from our collections to demonstrate the types of information found within death records and how to use them in genealogical and historical research.

This event is FREE, but space is limited. RSVP today to guarantee your spot.

October 29

Archives After Dark: Extended Hours

4:30 to 8 p.m.
Archives Reference Room

This is your final chance to take advantage of extended research hours and to meet the Crypt Keepers (also known as archivists and librarians). They will be available to answer research questions, pull archival materials, and direct you to the genealogy presentation.

Documenting the Dearly Departed: Records for Family History Research

6 to 7 p.m.
Archives Reference Room

In this presentation, Archives Historian Dr. Josh Goodman will use records from our collections to demonstrate the types of information found within death records and how to use them in genealogical and historical research.

This event is FREE, but space is limited. RSVP today to guarantee your spot.

October 30

Creature From the Black Lagoon: A Film Event With the Tallahassee Film Society
7 to 9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
All Saints Cinema (918 Railroad Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32301) 

The State Archives of Florida is pleased to partner with the Tallahassee Film Society for the most chilling of film events, just in time for Halloween. Come to All Saints Cinema for a presentation and discussion about Bruce Mozert’s pioneering contributions to underwater photography, led by Social Media and Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Loeffelman. The discussion will be followed by a special screening of the 1954 film Creature From the Black Lagoon, on which Mozert worked.  

Tickets are $6. For ticket orders and more information, please visit www.tallahasseefilms.com. All proceeds benefit the Tallahassee Film Society.

All month long

Florida Urban Legends and Ghost Stories

The State Archives of Florida, in collaboration with the Florida Folklife Program, invites all Floridians to record and share retellings of your favorite Florida urban legends and ghost stories!

You can learn more about best practices for recording and preserving your own stories on the Florida Memory Blog.

From September 6 to October 31, share your stories on Facebook and YouTube under the hashtag #TalesFromFlorida or submit recordings to [email protected]. Donate your recordings to the State Archives as part of a new collection of urban legend oral histories to be featured on the Archives’ Facebook page

Follow the State Archives of Florida and the Florida Memory Program on social media. 

Location

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the R.A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street in Tallahassee.

Free parking will be available in Parking Lot E, located just past the R.A. Gray Building on the right.  

Contact us

Questions? Contact the State Archives by phone at 850.245.6719 or by email at [email protected]

Resources for celebrating Archives Month

The Society of American Archivists offers free public relations kits (PDF) to help you make your archives program more visible during American Archives Month.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.