“Dive into History: Solve a Mystery in the Archives” was the name of the workshop Project Archivist, Whitney Olthoff, and I conducted on June 30th for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. “Dive to New Depths” was this year’s conference theme, and that’s exactly what 4-Hers got to do in our workshop. We provided 30 students from grades 9-12 hands-on experience using primary sources from our collections. They had to “dive in” to selected collections, look for clues, and answer questions. Our goals were to give them a snapshot of the kinds of materials we have here and to show them that conducting research in special collections and archives is not the same as researching something on the Internet.
We look forward to conducting more instruction sessions that show students how to handle and evaluate primary sources! Contact us if you are interested in having your class come in and use materials from Special Collections & University Archives.
This post was written by Rachel Seale and Whitney Olthoff.