Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Contact: Kristen Muszynski
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Archives Month events to include UMA professor?s presentation on Maine?s highways

AUGUSTA ? Dr. Tom McCord will give a presentation on Maine?s highway system at the Maine State Archives on Oct. 20, highlighting how the Archives? holdings helped him in his research.

?Detours and Details: Unearthing the History of Maine Highways at the Archives and Elsewhere? will be presented to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Maine State Archives in the Cultural Building, 230 State St., Augusta. The event is part of the Maine State Archives? celebration of American Archives Month, an effort to spread the word about the resources and role of the bureau.

McCord teaches history at the University of Maine at Augusta, where his courses include ?History of Maine? and ?The United States Since World War II.? A longtime editor at the Bangor Daily News, he earned his doctorate in American history from the University of Maine in 2013. His primary research has been on urban renewal in Maine, with emphasis on redevelopment of downtown Bangor, reuse of the former Dow Air Force Base and housing reform.

In addition to this special event, the Maine State Archives will also be marking American Archives Month with these offerings:

  • On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Maine State Archives will be participating in the #askanarchivist event on Twitter, in which people from around the world can submit questions for archivists to answer.  To take part in this outreach event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, simply include #askanarchivist in your tweet and participating archivists will respond.
  • During October, the Research Room will be open every Tuesday evening until 7 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Public tours of the Maine State Archives, including areas not normally accessible to the public, will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. To reserve your spot on a tour, please call or email Communications Director Kristen Muszynski (626-8404) with your full name and phone number. Reservations will be made on a first-come/first-served basis and the tours will be capped at 20 participants. No large groups, please.

The Maine State Archives is a bureau of the Department of the Secretary of State. Visit or our Facebook page, Maine State Archives, for more information and updates about our plans for Archives Month this October. Maine State Archives is @MEArchives on Twitter.