Society of Indiana Archivists
Preserving Indiana History

Collecting Current and Difficult Histories

2022 Society of Indiana Archivists' Spring Workshop

with Karen DePauw and Tamara Hemmerlein

April 19, 2022

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (EST)

Virtual (Zoom)

Summary | AgendaRegistration

                                                                                                   Image Credit: "Protective Wear," Indiana Historical Society


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (EST)

Registration due by April 13, 2022 at midnight

Free for Annual Meeting registrants | $10.00 SIA members | $15.00 Non-members | $5.00 Students, Retirees, Volunteers

The 2022 SIA Spring Workshop will consist of two sessions hosted by the Indiana Historical Society's Local History Services. The sessions will be held virtually on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The Spring Workshop is available to attend for free with any Annual Meeting registration.

Session 1: Collecting Current History with Karen DePauw

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Many collecting institutions focus on the "past" but find it more difficult to collect the present. This webinar presents ways to increase collecting of current topics and deal with some of the specific issues that can raise. 

Session 2: Difficult History with Tamara Hemmerlein

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

One of the most important roles of history organizations is to thoughtfully and intentionally interpret history, even when that history is hard. In this training, we’ll talk about “difficult” history by identifying what it is and various approaches to telling difficult stories. We’ll discuss some ways to help people move beyond the barriers to learning those stories.

About the facilitators

Karen DePauw is the manager of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society where she provides collections-based learning opportunities to Indiana organizations. Karen is an active member of the Association of Indiana Museums, the Association for State and Local History, and the Costume Society of America. In 2017 Rowman and Littlefield published Karen’s book, The Care and Display of Historic Clothing

Tamara Hemmerlein is the director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society. She works with local organizations on planning, organizational management and administration as well as board development. Tamara serves on the Field Services Alliance committee - an AASLH affinity group; is an AAM Museum Assessment Program peer reviewer; and, is a field reviewer for IMLS museum-focused grant programs.

Continuing Education Credits

  • LEU and ARC credits are available.

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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Collecting Current History

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Difficult History

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The 2022 Spring Workshop is free for registrants of the 2022 Annual Meeting. For anyone not registered for the annual meeting, register for the workshop by completing the online registration form below after reviewing all information

Registration: Due by April 13, 2022 at midnight | Online payment available

Free for Annual Meeting registrants | $10.00 SIA members | $15.00 Non-members | $5.00 Students

  • includes virtual workshop

Important Reminders

  • Registration will close on April 13, 2022
  • All payment due prior to the April 19 workshop
  • Cancellations with refund must be made by emailing Denise Rayman
    at dense.rayman[at]gmail[dot]com by Monday, April 18, 2022
  • If you are not currently a member, or your membership has lapsed, you must sign up for membership first in order to register with the member rate. [Note: membership is by calendar year]. 
  • If paying with check: After completing the membership form, send an email to Denise Rayman (dense.rayman[at]gmail[dot]com) with the subject line “member application started, please confirm membership” and wait for a confirmation email. Once you receive a confirmation, you can register for the meeting at the member price. You can pay for both with one check. 
  • Virtual meeting information will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.


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