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Archives Awareness Week 2017

The Archives Association of Ontario has designated the first week in April as Archives Awareness Week. This year it will be April 3rd to 9thThis is an excellent opportunity to celebrate your archives, your archival records and your organizational achievements. To promote your archives to researchers, the media, local politicians or the general public plan a special event during this week.  

To help you promote these events the AAO is providing a downloadable poster, other public awareness tools and ideas for events you can run during Archives Awareness Week.  

Your event can be listed in our Events Calendar for Archive Awareness Week by emailing the AAO Archives Advisor with the what, where and when information about your event. Please make sure to include a link to your website for more information.  

Tweeting about events? Use the #2017AAW hashtag!


The AAO, with the generous support of the Archives of Ontario, has produced a free poster, for you to download.  The poster comes in two versions - one a full size poster like the image above and the other a tabloid version with space to enter your own event information on the bottom half.  

Archives Awareness Week 2017 - Poster Size (EN)
Archives Awareness Week 2017 - Tabloid Size (EN)

Poster Archives Awareness Week on April 3rd to 9th 2017


Event: Active Archives: Bringing Ontario's History Online
When: Thursday, April 6, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: First Floor, Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto

In collaboration with the Ontario Historical Society, the Archives of Ontario is excited to host a series of presentations about how institutions and researchers are bringing the province's history online. The presentations will be followed by a tour of the Archives' Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150 onsite exhibit and state-of-the-art facility.

Event: Customer Appreciation Week
When: Monday, April 3 - Saturday, April 8
Location: George Spragge Classroom, Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian MacDonald Blvd., Toronto

During our week-long customer appreciation event we will be showing our gratitude to Archives of Ontario researchers.

Archives Awareness Week is also a great time to explore free exhibits on display at the Archives of Ontario. Along with our Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150 onsite exhibit, the Archives of Ontario is proud to present From Suffragettes to the Second Wave: Women's Activism in Ontario, a case exhibit in our reading room that explores women’s activism in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Ontario.

Event: Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150 Speakers Bureau
When: Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Niagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls

Exhibit curator Dr. Jay Young will discuss stories and records of four family groups in Ontario at the time of Confederation, and how their lives intersected with larger historical forces of the era. Based on our exhibit Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150, this presentation will also touch on themes of early photography in Ontario, communication, social change, and the value of genealogy in studying the past.

The City of Vaughan Archives will be participating in Archives Awareness Week by posting one image each day on the Vaughan Blog and the Vaughan social media accounts of an interesting object/artifact from each of its 5 major communities. The posts are as follows:

  • Monday, April 3 - Maple United Church choir gown, Maple community
  • Tuesday, April 4 - Pierre Berton's bow ties, Kleinburg community
  • Wednesday, April 5 - Broadside advertising a farming equipment sale, Concord community
  • Thursday, April 6 - Sergeant John H. Thompson's WWII military boots and belt, Woodbridge community
  • Friday, April 7 - Thoreau MacDonald's pencil sketches, Thornhill community

Event: Preserving Your Family Treasures
When: Tuesday, April 4, 2:00 pm
Location: Terryberry Branch Library, 100 Mohawk Rd. West, Hamilton

Gain practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe so that they may be enjoyed by future generations.

Event: What's New in Local History and Archives!
When: Wednesday, April 5, 2:00 pm
Location: Central Library, Lloyd D. Jackson Square, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton

Interested in knowing what collections are available at LH&A? Learn how to access archival collections through This session will guide individuals on how to read archival descriptions and learn the exciting new collections available for research.

Event: Inside the Vaults of Local History and Archives
When: Thursday, April 6, 10:00 am, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Location: Central Library, Lloyd D. Jackson Square, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton

Come and tour the vaults and see behind the scenes of the Local History & Archives Department. Staff will tour you through the Archives, and share some of their favorite artifacts. Come and take a look at our unique space; there's more than meets the eye!

Event: Digitize Your Memories
When: Friday, April 7, 2:00 pm
Location: Central Library, Lloyd D. Jackson Square, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton

Learn how to use our photo scanner to create digital images from your film negatives. We will also show you how to digitize your VHS cassettes. Upload your images and videos to the Internet to share with family and friends. Please note, this session will be limited to eight participants.

Event: Special Presentation: Local History Research Comes to Life!
When: Thursday April 6, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lambton County Archives, 787 Broadway Street, Wyoming

Come and hear presentations from Heather Sharpe and Bill Heartwell who will be sharing details from their upcoming new books. Sharpe’s book, A Dollar A Day: Diary of a Live-in Domestic in Small Town Ontario, examines the life of her grandmother Isla Smith. Smith wrote multiple local history books that have endured as some of the best written accounts of Wyoming and Plympton Township. Heartwell’s publication, Fairholme: Recollections of the Gurd Mansion, 1874 – 1964, looks at one of Sarnia’s most famous mansions and the families that called it home. Heartwell’s research has spanned institutions across Ontario. His presentation will provide an overview of the content of his book and will also address his research methods and experiences.

Lambton County Archives will also be offering free admission to anyone interested in visiting the facility between April 3 and 7. Patrons are invited to browse through hundred-year-old newspapers and photographs or to attempt to delve into their own family history. Visit our here events and programs page.

Event: Open House at the Archives
When: Saturday April 1, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: 2652 Gideon Drive in Delaware Community Centre

Event: Archives Displays
When: April 3 - 28, during Library open hours
Location: Komoka Library, in Wellness Centre (arena)

Event: Presentation - Our Growing Collections
When: Wednesday April 5, 6:30 pm
Location: Wellness Centre (arena) in Komoka
More information

Event: Archives 101 Presentation
When: Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: PAMA, 9 Wellington St., Brampton

Enjoy this great opportunity to learn about your historical records, and how to organize and protect them during Archives Awareness Week! Free admission to presentation and PAMA.

Event: An Evening with Jessie Thistle
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Talk starts at 7 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener

Jesse’s talk is based on his award-winning paper “Archives as Good Medicine” and will explore his unique journey from homelessness and addiction to a successful academic career. Themes include healing Metis Intergenerational trauma, and his father’s disappearance/murder. Jesse Thistle is Cree-Metis on his mother’s side and Algonquin-Scot on his father’s side. He is currently pursuing a PhD at York University. He was awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal and is a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar.

Everyone is welcome Cost: Free. Contact: Charlotte Woodley, Region of Waterloo Archives 519-575-4400 for more information

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