My story with the Archives starts Freshman year in IOC with Lisa. For one of our speeches, my class came to the Archives to do some research on our informative speech about Concordia. For those of you wondering... my topic was WWII and Concordia. Now before you get bored, DON"T! This was an incredible time at Concordia and completely worth learning about. Anyways, I got really into reading old Concordian articles from the time and seeing all that the Archives could offer. Then comes fall of my Sophomore year when I run into Lisa and strike up a conversation about the Archives. Next thing I know I was recruited for the job. How cool is that!?
FUN FACT TIME!... Did you know that in 1892 the total cost of tuition, room, and board was $113.75!! Also at that time there were only 261 people enrolled at Concordia. Crazy!
So this fall begins my journey as an Archives worker and I am learning more and more everyday! The main task given to me is the Archives bulletin board and the matching online exhibits. Some of you may have noticed the lovely bulletin board at the entrance of the library which is a project that I have taken over, along with the help of my pal Amy Crane. This month it features the trips to Norway that our music ensembles have taken starting as early as the 1920s! Soon you will start seeing the matching exhibits posted online as well! The most recent online exhibit I have completed can be found on the Archives library page titled "Sailing a Sea of Ice: Greenland Expedition." I won't tell you much now because I know you're going to want to check it out after reading this. But SPOILER ALERT it's super cool! We are in transition with the online exhibits so keep an eye out for the postings as they come.
So as you can see working it the Archives is so great because it gives you a chance to learn things about the history of our wonderful college. There is a wide variety of things to learn about in the Archives and if you ever need a study break, come the the fourth floor of the library and ask for a file! We can show you old pictures, info on cool topics like "The Ghosts of Concordia", or for you history buffs the WWII file that got me so excited about the Archives. I encourage every Cobber to come up to the Archives because it really helps you appreciate our Cobber roots and how far Concordia College has come thanks to really great leaders on campus. So next time that test has you stressing out, just pop by the Archives and visit with any of the friendly workers that are around. We love visitors!
Thanks for reading! Soli Deo Gloria, Rachel
p.s. next visit to the library, when you walk in the doors.. look to your left!! check out the bulletin board of the month!!