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West Virginia History through Archives–Preserving the Mountain State’s Stories, CLASS 8: "Stories For Future Generations: Organizing, Processing, and Preserving Collections"

Shelley Jacobs became interested in restoration history when she realized the younger generations in Western Canada, where she grew up, no longer knew the stories of their past. Concerned the history would be lost without a concentrated effort to preserve it, Jacobs worked on archives collections and organization at her alma mater, Western Christian College in Saskatchewan, until the school closed in 2012. Over the next two years, she managed, packed, and itemized the collection so it could be turned over to the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives. Now working as the Archivist for Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Jacobs oversees the eleven semi-trailer loads of archival materials that traveled from Nashville, TN to Bethany, WV during the society's own time of transition and restructuring. Jacobs will speak about the process of organizing and maintaining collections and advise how people can organize and preserve their own personal collections to pass their stories on to future generations.

Instructor Shelley Jacobs is the Archivist for Disciples of Christ Historical Society. She has a Bachelor of Theology from Western Christian College in Saskatchewan and a Master’s in Church History focused on Restoration Studies from Harding University Graduate School of Religion. Jacobs was named Historian of the Year by the Canadian Churches of Christ Historical Society in 2010.

Learn more about the Fall 2017 People's University Series at http://www.ohiocountylibrary.org/news/5671

The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts, featuring courses taught by experts in each subject that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. There are no grades and patrons are welcome to attend all classes in a series or individual programs on a class by class basis.

To register for The People’s University: West Virginia History through Archives – Preserving the Mountain State’s Stories, please call the library at 304-232-0244, send an email to ocplarchives@gmail.com, or visit the Reference Desk. Classes are free and open to the public. Registration is not a commitment and you are welcome to attend any or all classes. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

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