Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Welcome to Our Blog!

Over the last six months, the Arkansas History Commission has been tackling some new and exciting endeavors.  We’ve jumped into the world of social media and can now be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter (@ArkHistCom).  This new blog is our most recent addition. 
We’re calling the blog “From the Vault.”  We’ll use it to announce agency news, discuss recent acquisitions, share fun things found in our archives, write about some really interesting Arkansas history and keep the public up to date on the processing of any large collections we acquire.  From the Vault will be a collaborative effort and will be maintained by the entire staff.  We’re excited about this new adventure and we’re looking forward to being able to share interesting history, stories and archival material in this new format. 
We’re also relaunching our online digital collections this summer.  Although it was initially launched in 2001, in recent months we’ve been working to redesign the site and to expand the scope of our digital collections, providing more online content to our patrons.  This expansion will be an ongoing project so stop in occasionally and check out our new additions.    You can find a link to our digital collections on our website and on this blog. 
And in 2015, we’ll be starting a series of podcasts focused on sharing the interesting parts of Arkansas history you didn’t learn about in Arkansas history class.  Our goal is to kick off the New Year with our very first podcast about the history of the AHC. 
The Arkansas History Commission will be 110 years old next year, making us one of the oldest state archives in the nation.  Established in 1905, we’ve dedicated ourselves to protecting and preserving Arkansas’s archival history for well over a century.   
We’re “upping our game” and are headed in a new direction. 
The Arkansas History Commission…We AR Arkansas.