Archive for February 7th, 2011

Archaeological Playing Cards

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

This story from Colorado Public Radio is a few years old now but, given the recent concerns over protecting archaeological resources in Egypt, is still relevant.

Archaeological Playing Cards

Back in 2007, CSU archaeologist Jim Zeidler worked with Archaeologist-in-Residence at Fort Drum Laurie Rush to design a set of playing cards for U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal of the cards (other than to be used for championship tournaments of “Go Fish”) is to teach the troops about archaeology. Each card has the image of an Iraqi or Afghanistan artifact or archaeological site, or a brief description of how to spot a site and what troops should do, and not do, to keep artifacts safe from accidental damage and looting.

Listen to the story of how the cards were designed and how troops and civilians have responded to them here.

From the Archive: Vertical Files Online!

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Local History Archive

Did you know that one of the treasure troves in the Fort Collins Local History Archive is the collection of over 3,800 vertical files available to folks like you who are curious about local history?  These many file folders have been assembled over a long period of time and are continually expanded by Archive staff and volunteers. They cover a wide range of topics and are some of the most requested items by researchers interested in local history.

Check out our “Miles O’ Files”

The Subject Files are handy packets of information containing newspaper clippings, student papers, government reports, and more. They are a great place to start researching local topics like the sugar beet industry or neighborhood schools.

The Biographical Files contain clippings and reports on individuals and families from Fort Collins history. Some files include family histories created by researchers and donated to the Archive.

The Ephemera Files are organized by subject and surnames and include fragile primary source materials like calling cards, original advertising, pamphlets, receipts, and building abstracts.

In the past, the contents of these files were only available for perusal by visiting the Local History Archive in person, but Archive volunteers have embarked on a scanning project to put the key contents of some of the most popular vertical files online. Please note that these online resources are for educational use only and may not be duplicated or re-published.

Check out our first foray into virtual vertical files with the “Auntie” Elizabeth Stone Collection.

More files are being scanned for research purposes, including information on the Fort Collins Trolley, Annie the Railroad Dog, and the Virginia Dale Stage Station. Stay tuned for more online resources to make your journey into Fort Collins history easier than ever!

And be sure to visit the Fort Collins History Connection to explore the research collections and exhibits already online.

February 2011

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