VC will be at the Archives Bazaar this Saturday at USC!
In addition to featuring institutions and their materials all over LA, the Archives Bazaar will have a host of special activities including a craft beer session, an “Archives Roadshow” (bring in your stuff and they’ll digitize it for you right then and there), and a film screening. Don’t miss out!
SPECIAL EVENT/10:00-4:00 p.m.
Archives Roadshow (Intellectual Commons)
Inspired by the Antiques Roadshow, this all-day session encourages attendees to bring in historical materials like documents and photographs, get them assessed by experts from the LAPNet: Los Angeles Preservation Network and then digitized and placed on a USB drive to take home.
SESSION 01/10:00-10:50 a.m.
Public Collections, Private Obsessions (Friends Lecture Hall)
Many great public library collections have started out as the monomaniacal obsession of one person. Three people in the archival field discuss some of the unusual ways in which their collections were formed: Glen Creason, map librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library; Joseph Hawkins, director of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries; and Wally Shidler, a private collector who has assiduously accumulated a trove of material devoted to Southern California transportation history.
SESSION 02/11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Pecha Kucha, or a Very Quick Tour of Los Angeles Archives (Friends Lecture Hall)
Just as speed dating brings together lonely hearts, this quick-paced series of 5-minute presentations will help connect scholars, students, and history buffs with the archival collections they need. More than a dozen L.A. as Subject members will share one notable item from their archives as a way of introducing their collections. Bring a notepad, watch the presentations, and then head down to the exhibition hall for a second date.
SESSION 03/1:00-1:50 p.m.
Beyond the Archives Bazaar (Friends Lecture Hall)
Panelists from different professional sectors will provide advice and tips on how to start your involvement with preserving, showcasing, and sustaining archival collections for years to come. Presenters include John Bwarie, founder of the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance; Snowden Becker, program manager for UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Program; Joy Novak, archivist for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics; and Jennifer Simpson, Manager of Education at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
SESSION 04/2:00-2:50 p.m.
Craft Brewing in L.A.: Tastes and Traditions (Friends Lecture Hall)
Thirsty Angelenos have been drinking locally brewed ales and lagers since the 1850s. Today, a resurgent L.A. brewing industry builds on that legacy, crafting beers—as well as product packaging, marketing campaigns, and drinking establishments—that appeal to local tastes and traditions. Panelists, including Angel City brewmaster Dieter Foerstner and Cuilnary Historians of Southern California president Charles Perry, will discuss what makes Southern California’s beer scene unique.
DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING/3:00-5:00 p.m.
The Good Giants (Friends Lecture Hall)
Los Angeles native Ivan Houston fought in Italy during World War II with the Buffalo Soldiers of the segregated 92nd Infantry Division. The Good Giants is a documentary, currently in production, which reflects on the irony of American soldiers fighting to free people on the other side of the world when they were still being treated as second-class citizens at home. Director Joe Hartnett will screen part of the film and discuss with Ivan and his family the rich local legacy of the Houston family.