Three Take Aways into Action
Whew, what a week! The joint Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting/Oregon Heritage Conference wrapped up Saturday after three days of workshops and engaging sessions about all things heritage. We’ll soon have many presentations available to download on oregonheritage.org. This year’s conference focused on three themes: restoration, innovation and collaboration. So what did we take away?
We learned that collaboration is better than going at it alone. The joint conference was a great opportunity for people who work with archives, historic preservation, libraries, and museums to connect with one another and begin to find similarities in our issues and challenges. It also allowed time for us to begin to think about how to craft solutions to solve our problems together. Let’s use the momentum from the conference to continue working on these together.
We learned that innovation can lead to great things. There are a lot of amazing programs, initiatives, and projects happening around Oregon and the Northwest. These innovations range from in-house activities to outreach and education. We heard at the conference how outside-the-box type thinking can help ideas gain traction, get off the ground, and make a great impact. Let’s strive to be more innovative in defining our problems and creating solutions.
We learned that restoration can reinvigorate. When we think “restoration,” a lot of us probably think of building restoration. But “restore” simply means to return something to a former condition, place, or position. Therefore, the idea of restoration can be applied to all heritage fields. A restored bridge can give new energy to a downtown area. A well-founded collections policy can bring order back to an archive. Meaningful outreach and education to youth can rejuvenate aging programs. Let’s embrace restoration as a healthy activity for heritage.
Now we want to hear what you learned. Was there a session or workshop that stuck with you the most? Did you learn something that you’re planning to use soon in your work? Was there a connection you made that will help with a particular problem? Comments are open for all.