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Tuesday, August 13
 

8:30am

“Staff Ride” Studying the Battle of New Orleans
Enhance your knowledge of the final major battle of the War of 1812 by joining SAA’s Military Archives Roundtable (MART) on a “staff ride” to study the New Orleans Campaign (December 1814 – January 1815). Examine the Battle of New Orleans using archival sources such as letters, diaries, and maps that tell the story from individual participants’ points of view. Hear from soldiers, sailors, Marines, British military, and pirates! The New Orleans Campaign Staff Ride is a free bus tour open to all SAA members. Ride limit is 55 people. To register and for more details, visit http://www2.archivists.org/groups/military-archives-roundtable. (Bus departs from Hilton Riverside promptly at 8:30 a.m.)


Tuesday August 13, 2013 8:30am - 4:30pm
TBA

9:00am

[CANCELLED] Service Project: Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED]
SAA’s Archivists of Religious Collections Section welcomed more than two dozen volunteers to its service project at the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank in August 2012. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana seeks to lead the fight against hunger in south Louisiana through food distribution, advocacy, education, and disaster response. The food bank serves nearly 263,000 clients annually and distributes food in partnership with 240 local agencies. Volunteers will assist with sorting and packaging food. Note: The warehouse is not air conditioned. Volunteers should wear close-toed shoes.

Number of Volunteers Needed: Up to 30 per shift.

Getting There: Meet in the lobby of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside no later than 8:15 am. Busing will be provided.

For more information or to volunteer: Contact Anne Thomason at annera23@gmail.com or 765-983-1743.

If you’re not able to participate in this activity but would like to make a donation: http://no-hunger.org/.
For more information on other opportunities to give back to the community, see http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/community-connections-service-opportunities-in-new-orleans.

Tuesday August 13, 2013 9:00am - 11:30am
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

9:00am

Researching Preservation Hall: From Its Digital Record to Its Colonial Beginnings
Orleans Parish Clerk of Civil District Court Dale N. Atkins invites conference attendees to experience a free, four-hour seminar on the nature and use of civil law land records housed at the former Notarial Archives in downtown New Orleans. The workshop will use as a case study the legal history of the building known as “Preservation Hall,” located on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter. The workshop introduces participants to the concept of evidence as found in civil law instruments, explains the features of documents that ensure authenticity, and shows how the archives of the notarial system contribute to a stable society under Louisiana’s unique civil law regime. Among procedural issues to be covered are: modern digital entry to the land records system; techniques in finding and interpreting acts; locating surveys; understanding the provenance of allied water color drawings; explanations of the relationships between registration, recordation, and archiving; the many act types; handling foreign languages (French and Spanish) in the colonial and 19th century record; the essential differences and relations between court records and land records; using finding aids; and tracking user community preferences. The seminar will be conducted by Sally Reeves, CA, Archivist, Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court.

To register, call 504-407-0113 or 504-407-0006 or email sreeves@orleanscdc.com. The office is on Poydras Street, one block from the Louisiana Superdome. Free transportation and light refreshments will be provided.



Tuesday August 13, 2013 9:00am - 1:00pm
Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court

9:00am

Repository Tours and Open Houses, On-Your-Own Explorations
Your New Orleans-area colleagues represent some of the most diverse and interesting repositories in the country – many of which are offering special behind-the-scenes access for ARCHIVES 2013 attendees on Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14. Please check the conference website at http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/repository-tours for more information and updates provided by our dynamic Host Committee! (And be sure to check out the Host Committees blog at http://www.gnoarchivists.org/category/cosa-saa13/.)


Tuesday August 13, 2013 9:00am - 5:00pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, August 14
 

8:00am

Service Project: City Park Archives Inventory Project
Volunteers will provide assistance to the City Park Archives (CPA) by beginning a basic inventory of the contents of many boxes of the CPA’s collections that have been stored in a local warehouse. Volunteers are asked to bring their own laptops to use during the effort. All work will be done in Microsoft Excel (or similar spreadsheet application). (Archivists Without Borders is co-sponsoring this service opportunity.)

Number of Volunteers Needed: 3-4

Getting There:
Volunteers will be met at the New Orleans Museum of Art and escorted to the City Park warehouse. Take the Canal Streetcar from South Peters Street (near Harrah’s Casino) to City Park/Museum stop and walk to the Museum. (The streetcars require exact change of $1.25.) More details will be provided to you before the project begins.

For more information or to volunteer:
Contact Bertram Lyons (a member of Archivists Without Borders) at bertramlyons@hotmail.com.

For more information on other opportunities to give back to the community, see http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/community-connections-service-opportunities-in-new-orleans.




Wednesday August 14, 2013 8:00am - 12:00pm
New Orleans Museum of Art / City Park warehouse

8:00am

Service Project: Scanning Project at Tulane University
Volunteers will provide assistance to the City Park Archives (CPA) by carrying out an effort to scan disbound pages of minute books from the CPA’s collections. All work will take place using overhead scanners at Tulane University in the Special Collections Division. Original materials (disbound pages) will be delivered and picked up by local support staff from the CPA. Volunteers will be responsible only for scanning the pages in a safe and responsible manner. (Archivists Without Borders is co-sponsoring this service opportunity.)

Number of Volunteers Needed:
3-4

Getting There:
The Tulane University Library is located on the campus of Tulane University. Take the streetcar to the St. Charles end of Tulane campus and then walk through the campus to Freret, or take the Freret bus from downtown to the Tulane University Library. More details will be provided before the project begins.

For more information or to volunteer:
Contact Bertram Lyons (a member of Archivists Without Borders) at bertramlyons@hotmail.com.

If you’re not able to participate in these activities but would like to make a donation:
City Park Archives, Friends of City Park, No. 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124.

For more information on other opportunities to give back to the community, see http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/community-connections-service-opportunities-in-new-orleans.




Wednesday August 14, 2013 8:00am - 12:00pm
Tulane University Library

8:15am

Service Project: Lower Ninth Ward
Would you like to learn more about the history and culture of the Lower Ninth Ward? And would you like to contribute to the rebuilding of this devastated neighborhood as part of the process? Established in February 2007, Lowernine.org coordinates volunteer labor as a way of reducing construction costs for neighborhood homeowners in need. The day of service will begin at lowernine.org’s office at 8:15 am and will end at 4:30 pm. The work could involve light construction, painting, demolition, or landscaping. Bring lightweight clothes, a hat, sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and extra water. It will be hot. Lunch will be available (for a fee) at the House of Dance and Feathers, a backyard, neighborhood museum. Bring your own or enjoy a neighborhood po-boy, fried chicken, etc. Fats Domino’s home is nearby! For more information about the organization: www.lowernine.org.

Number of Volunteers Needed:
No limit. The work fee for lowernine.org is $35 per person.

Getting There:
Organized transportation will be dependent on the number of participants and the availability of vehicles, but it could mean an additional, modest cost.

For more information or to volunteer:
This service opportunity is being coordinated by Bill Ross, Special Collections Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. He has made numerous service trips to the Gulf Coast since Katrina and teaches an undergraduate seminar on New Orleans. As part of the class, students spend their spring break with Bill working in and around the Crescent City. In March 2013, they spent a memorable week living in the Lower Ninth and working with lowernine.org. In fact, they will be back in 2014. To contact Bill: Bill.Ross@unh.edu or 603-862-0346.

If you’re not able to participate in this activity but would like to make a donation:
http://www.lowernine.org.

For more information on other opportunities to give back to the community, see http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/community-connections-service-opportunities-in-new-orleans.




Wednesday August 14, 2013 8:15am - 4:30pm
lowernine.org office, 6018 El Dorado Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

8:30am

Service Project: St. Bernard Project
With the help of more than 41,000 volunteers, St. Bernard Project (SBP) has rebuilt more than 445 homes in the Greater New Orleans area since 2006. SBP’s mission is “to ensure that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way.” Volunteers need not have construction skills, but work includes demolition, cleaning, painting, sanding, etc. It will be hot. Bring lightweight clothes, a hat, sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and extra water. For more about St. Bernard Project: http://www.stbernardproject.org/about-us/

Number of Volunteers Needed:
Up to 25 per shift.

Getting There:
Meet in the lobby of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside no later than 7:15 am. Busing will be provided.

For more information or to volunteer:
Contact Colleen McFarland at ColleenM@MennoniteUSA.org or 574-523-3039.

If you’re not able to participate in this activity but would like to make a donation:
http://www.stbernardproject.org/

For more information on other opportunities to give back to the community, see http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/community-connections-service-opportunities-in-new-orleans.




Wednesday August 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Hilton Riverside Lobby, 7:15 am departure

9:00am

Service Project: Louisiana Historical Center Architectural Records Project
Record Group 408 comprises the resources used for the Friends of Cabildo (FOC) New Orleans Architecture series. Seven books were created between 1971 (Volume 1: New Orleans Architecture: Lower Garden District) and 1989 (Volume VII: New Orleans Architecture: Jefferson City). The collection includes research notes generated by the editors and authors of this book series and is arranged by volume, then alphabetically by street addresses of homes, businesses, and apartments throughout New Orleans. The collection is made up of photographs, Photostats, blueprints, correspondence, and maps. Volunteers will be asked to create a finding aid for each box, which will then be compiled into a Finding Aid for the entire collection. Volunteers are asked to bring a personal laptop or tablet with them to the repository.

Number of Volunteers Needed:
4

Getting There:
The Old U.S. Mint, Louisiana Historical Center, is located at 400 Esplanade Avenue. Take the Riverfront Streetcar (from Poydras Street near the Hilton) to the French Market stop.

For more information or to volunteer:
Contact Elizabeth Scott at escott@smcvt.edu.

If you’re not able to participate in these activities but would like to make a donation:
Louisiana Museum Foundation, 1000 Bourbon Street, #B429, New Orleans, LA 70116; http://www.thelmf.org.

For more information on other opportunities to give back to the community, see http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/community-connections-service-opportunities-in-new-orleans.




Wednesday August 14, 2013 9:00am - 1:00pm
Old U.S. Mint, Louisiana Historical Center, 400 Esplanade Avenue

9:00am

Repository Tours and Open Houses, On-Your-Own Explorations
Your New Orleans-area colleagues represent some of the most diverse and interesting repositories in the country – many of which are offering special behind-the-scenes access for ARCHIVES 2013 attendees on Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14. Please check the conference website at http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/repository-tours for more information and updates provided by our dynamic Host Committee! (And be sure to check out the Host Committees blog at http://www.gnoarchivists.org/category/cosa-saa13/.)


Wednesday August 14, 2013 9:00am - 5:00pm
TBA