It’s that time of year again where we at the MSU Archives try to impress on the MSU community the importance of archives to them. To put it very simply – the university archives is the memory of MSU. Do you want to know what happened when MSU first opened its doors back in 1857? You can come to the archives to find out. Do you want to know what campus life was like back in the 1960s and 1970s when students were protesting a variety of causes? You can find that out in the archives as well. Previous students, faculty and alumni gave their personal papers to the archives so that future generations could learn from their experiences.
This year is important to historians because 2011 is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. We have many collections of Civil War letters and diaries available for people to come in and read. You can get lost in the training, daily life, and battles of the men (and some women) who lived through the Civil War. Read in their own words how they felt and what they thought. I don’t know about you, but knowing that those things are still out there is pretty special to me.
Each year during October we hold an MSU trivia contest open to members of the MSU community – faculty, staff, students, and alumni- and to members of the greater Lansing community. We give prizes to three winners chosen at random from the correct entries. This year’s prize is a set of beverage coasters featuring historical MSU images. Our 2011 trivia contest is available online through October 31.
Good luck to everyone who plays our trivia contest. Keep an eye out here for more upcoming events.