REPS Day of Service

NEA/REPS is proud to announce that our annual Day of Service will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016!

The Day of Service is a great opportunity for the REPS community to volunteer their experience and help improve access to collections. It’s a chance to give back to the archival community while meeting fellow students, early professionals, and seasoned pros. This year, volunteers will donate their energy and expertise at three New England repositories in need: The New London Historical Society (CT), The First Parish Church of Dorchester (MA), and The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston (MA).

You can sign up for the Day of Service at the following link

Below are further details about each volunteer site:

The New London Historical Society

11 Blinman St, New London, CT 06320 (http://nlhistory.org/)

REPS Coordinator: Kimberly Arleth (kimberly.arleth(at)gmail.com)

Shifts: 9am-12pm and 1-5pm, or all day.

Max. volunteers per shift: 6

The New London Historical Society was founded in 1870 and is one of the oldest historical organizations in Connecticut. The historical society preserves the history of the New London area through collecting and preserving artifacts, offering educational programs, and collaborating with other local and regional organizations.

Volunteers will review and create an inventory of a backlog of materials, which may include textiles, trunks, shoes, small wooden artifacts and more.

The First Parish Church of Dorchester

10 Parish St, Dorchester, MA 0212

REPS Coordinator: Chris Tanguay (ctanguay916(at)gmail.com)

Shifts: 9am-12:30pm and 1:30-5:00pm, or all day

Max. volunteers per shift: 6

The First Parish Church of Dorchester is a Unitarian Universalist church that was founded by Puritans shortly after they arrived in 1630. It is the oldest congregation within the present-day boundaries of the city of Boston. The records at the church are primarily from the early 20th century and include documents related to many aspects of the congregational life.

Volunteers will sort, folder, label, list and box records for donation to the Massachusetts Historical Society. View the finding aid for previous accessions of the First Parish Church in Dorchester Records here

The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston

29 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA 02116

REPS Coordinator: Kristen Weischedel (weisched(at)simmons.edu)

Shifts: 9am-12:30pm and 1-4pm, or all day

Max. volunteers per shift: 5

The History Project is a volunteer-driven organization focused on several important initiatives including preserving the documentary record of the LGBTQ community’s social and historical contributions. Established in 1980 by a group of historians, activists and archivists, the History Project is the only group focused exclusively on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBTQ community, and on making that history accessible to future generations.

Volunteers will process two small collections, more information to follow.

Written By: Sarah Bush

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