Celebrate Archives Month 2013!! Remember letters from relatives, your grandmother’s diary, photos and video of you and your friends, and other material collected over the years provides vital and unique information about your life or the history of your family. Obviously these items are important to you. But they also may be important to your community, state, or country, too. Whether or not members of your family attained a degree of fame, they have contributed to the heritage of a certain place and time. When you donate your personal or family papers to an archives, your family history becomes a part of your community’s– and America’s – collective memory.
Archives Month is a time to focus on the importance of records of enduring value and to enhance public recognition for the people and programs that are responsible for maintaining our communities’ vital historical records. In Illinois, we are celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Illinois.