TPS Expo Portland 2017! Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops – Tues, July 25, 2017

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Generously hosted by Portland Art Museum, timed to coincide with the 2017 Society of American Archivists annual conference, and sponsored by the SAA Reference, Access and Outreach Section and Digital Public Library of America (and their rich education resources).

For ever-evolving details on the 2017 event, continue to visit this page at

Free Registration is Open! »

Morning Workshop details here! »

Yes, there will be another Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference in 2017! Why should you be excited? » Check out what happened in 2016 and 2015.

This free event is open to everyone interested in using primary source material for teaching, from all institutions and with all levels of experience. While it does fall during the Society of American Archivists annual meeting week, it’s a place where anyone from all backgrounds can get together help each other do better with this sort of beyond-the-textbook teaching.
Hey you Archivists: Tell your non-archivist teaching friends!

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
(but you may drop-in & drop-out throughout the day)
Where: Portland, Oregon at the Portland Art Museum (PAM)
Cost: FREE!  Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch and beverages – none will be provided but there are ample nearby options.
Map & Directions: Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205   (the Mark Building is on the corner of SW Park Ave & SW Main St, next to the PAM Main Building — here’s a streetview)
• Great access via public transit…details to follow.
Registration: Registration is open (as of May 3)! Register Here »
Hashtags:   #SAATPS   (Our primary hashtag — on twitter or facebook)
and #TeachwStuff   (Our secondary, catchier hashtag — on twitter or facebook)
Event Wi-Fi at PAM: Details to follow.
Parking: Details to follow.

Huge thanks to the staff at Portland Art Museum for generously hosting this event!

Send your Social Media Shout-Outs to:
• Portland Art Museum » twitter | facebook | web
• Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) » twitter | facebook | web
• SAA’s One Book One Profession initiative » webpage

Stay in Touch: Can’t wait for the day? Connect with like-minded individuals and receive updates by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.  Our primary hashtag is #SAATPS  and secondary (catchier) hashtag is #TeachwStuff

What is an unconference? For those of you who are a little wobbly on what unconferences are all about, check out the “What is an unconference?” section here.  It’s about conversation, sharing, and active participation. And yes, there is some uncertainty going into it because the session topics are decided on the spot by the group — me, you, all of us together, figuring out what’s most important and relevant for us.

You archivists may be asking: Why is the TPS Unconference on Tuesday instead of Wednesday this year?
For people attending the SAA conference, you may have heard that “the bulk of the conference will begin on Wednesday (with two blocks of section meetings + the Opening Plenary + the all-attendee reception)” [from Nancy Beaumont, SAA Exec Director, A&A Listserv, 2017 Feb 15].  We didn’t want to compete with the core conference activities, but we do realize that moving the event a day earlier may affect your ability to attend. We’re committed to making this a cost-free event for everyone, but for folks traveling to Portland, the need to pay for an extra day’s lodging may very well cancel out this benefit. Due to PAM’s extreme generosity in donating their venue and their own availability, we will be sticking with Tues, July 25 for this event. Please get in touch to air your concerns, grievances, ideas, etc.

Questions? Comments? Interested in running a workshop or volunteering day-of?