Kentucky Archives Month: Folklore and Superstitions


American Archives Month


As we move into fall and the Halloween season, I wanted to let everyone know that October is also an important month here in the archives.  October is American Archives Month and we will be celebrating here in Kentucky!

For a little background, Kentucky Archives Week began in 2002, following a national trend of states and localities celebrating a local archives week.  Kentucky has consistently held its Archives Week in October, under the leadership of the Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Kentucky Council on Archives, and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.  In 2008, Kentucky transitioned to a month-long celebration, held each year during October.  Kentucky’s Archives Month coincides with the national celebration of American Archives Month.

Now you may be wondering—what happens during Archives Month?  It is an annual celebration of the importance of archives, historical records, and of the work of institutions preserving these unique resources.  These facilities and their collections are quite varied, but together they hold a rich documentary legacy which shapes our understanding of the state’s past and our assessment of its future.  There are almost 300 archival and manuscript repositories in Kentucky that hold archival records documenting Kentucky history and life.  These records include personal and organizational papers, photographs, oral histories, diaries, letters, and government records such as deeds and wills.  During Archives Month many of these institutions are hosting open houses, exhibits, special programs and speakers to highlight historical materials available for research in Kentucky archival and manuscript repositories.

The theme for the 2013 Kentucky Archives Month is Folklore and Superstitions in honor of the diverse festivals and folk traditions throughout the Commonwealth.


Kentucky Archives Month 2013 Poster

The Filson will host the following events to help celebrate Kentucky Archives Month:

 -Thursday, October 3, 2013—Collecting Kentucky 1790-1865 by Genevieve Baird Lacer and Libby Turner Howard

-Thursday, October 10, 2013—Pretty Good For A Girl: Women in Bluegrass by Murphy Hicks Henry

-Friday, October 11, 2013—Louisville Photography Through The Years by Jim Holmberg and Chuck Rubin

-Wednesday, October 15, 2013—Kentucky Hauntings: Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History by Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown

 For more details visit our events page /events/ or call us at (502) 635-5083; all event require reservations.

 **Also stay tuned to our Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter for featured Folklore materials from our collections!**


Kentucky Archives Month is sponsored by the Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Kentucky Council on Archives, and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. For a complete listing of events throughout the state, see or call 502.564.8300 x. 246.

Heather Potter

Heather Potter is the Curator of Photographs and Prints at The Filson Historical Society.

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