Write a caption, brush up on your trivia and win during American Archives Month

October 1, 2013

Lisle, Illinois ~ An open house in the IdeaLounge inside the Benedictine University Library on the second floor of Kindlon Hall will wrap up a month of activities celebrating American Archives Month.

The open house, “Open Archives: Discovering Hidden Treasures,” will run from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Treasures from the Benedictine archives will be displayed including many old and rare books. Tours of the archives, including a behind-the-scenes look at how items are collected and preserved, will be offered. Refreshments will be served. The open house is open to the public.

American Archives Month celebrates the professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, control and provide access to information that has lasting value. Archivists keep records that have enduring value as reliable memories of the past, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.

As part of the celebration, Benedictine students, faculty and staff will be given the chance to provide their own captions for photos from the archives. Each week in October, beginning Monday, October 7, a new photo will be posted on social media and in the library. Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of each week. Winners will be announced at the open house. Students must provide contact information to be eligible.

Benedictine students, faculty and staff can also enter a trivia contest. Entry forms will be available at the research and circulation desks and on the Library website at www.ben.edu/library/archives beginning October 7. A Benedictine history exhibit with clues will be on display in the Library and Office of University Ministry on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. Entry forms and clues will also be available at a roving archives table at various campus locations.

The deadline for entries in 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 31.

The Benedictine University Library archives collects, preserves and makes accessible materials that record and exhibit the history and life of Benedictine University and its campuses in Lisle, Springfield and Mesa, Ariz. Also included are the records of the University’s previous incarnations as Illinois Benedictine College, St. Procopius College, Springfield College in Illinois and Springfield Junior College.

For more information, go to www.ben.edu/library/archives.

Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.

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