Summer roundup

2 08 2010

It seems too early to start thinking about the end of summer, but the truth is that classes at MSU begin in just about four weeks.  The summer has been very busy at the University Archives & Historical Collections and there is not much of a slow down for the Fall semester.  Two weeks ago staff from the UAHC spent time at Ag Expo trying to get people interested not only in the history of MSU, but also in their own family history.  We also made an appearance at the Great Dairy Adventure, again trying to show kids how at MSU the dairy program has evolved over the years.

August will prove to be another busy month with Director Cynthia Ghering teaching a class on records management procedures for MSU’s Human Resource Development Program.  That class is on August 4 and already has 30 people registered for it.  On Monday, August 9, children from East Lansing’s Bailey School are coming for a visit to learn what the University Archives does and see some of the highlights from the collections.  Later in the month, staff will do more promotional activities at the New Faculty Orientation and the Residence Life Fair.

September is another busy month with Public Services Archivist Portia Vescio going to speak to residents at The Marquette about MSU Trivia.  Also in September, members from the MSU Library reference department will be coming into the archives for a tour.

Portia will also be teaching a freshman seminar this fall about the history of student life at MSU.  Additionally, there are a number of classes that have expressed interest in bringing their class into the University Archives during the Fall semester for work with primary documents and other projects.  If you want to know more about having an archivist talk to your class please contact Portia Vescio at 517-355-2330 or

We hope everyone enjoys the last few weeks of summer!




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