Museum Happenings: Workshop aims to show people how to use museum archival practice in at-home records management


U.S. Navy Seabee Museum patrons are invited to a free workshop entitled, “Preserving Your Vital Records: Expert Advice from Federal Archivists,” March 14 at 1p.m. in the museum education room.

Museum archivist Ingi House will discuss fundamental principles in records management, storage methodologies and the importance of being able to discern what is meant to be filed and kept.

“Everyone keeps records, such as taxes, birth certificates and titles,” said House, who holds a Master’s degree in library science and previously worked at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. “Sometimes it can be hard to understand what to keep and what to throw away. This workshop will teach you the basics of how to keep and develop a personal records system that can be used in both a household and business setting.”

The archival workshop continues the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum’s year-long scholarship program aimed at offering monthly informative presentations on a variety of subjects surrounding Seabee history and museum operations.

“The museum has such a uniquely diverse collection of documents and artifacts that it is important to share with the community our processes for preserving and archiving them,” said Dr. Lara Godbille, museum director. “Programs such as this workshop allow our professional archivists a chance to step away from Seabee history to educate people on how these processes can be translated into every practice at home with regards to the myriad of records we keep from photographs to legal documents.”

As with our previous public education program, we’ll be filming the presentation and posting it to our YouTube account in the days following the event.


150225-N-JU810-001Meet the Presenter: Ingi House, Archivist
Ingi House is originally from Kansas where she got her B.A. in history from K.U. and M.L.S. from E.S.U. After working for the Dole Institute of Politics she moved to the East Coast.  In D.C. she worked at the National Archives and Records Admiration and then at the Defense Acquisition University where she became a Certified Archivist. Her continued enjoyment of military history lead her to switching coasts and coming to work for the Seabee Museum where she is collection manager for the archives and records manager liaison.

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