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Special Events for American Archives Month

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives invites the campus and community to activities in celebration of American Archives Month in October, including virtual readings by local authors, exhibits, and special features on social media.

Three special author events are planned:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 — a reading by Kim Horner McCoy from her poetry chapbook “This Bony Cabinet,” which examines topics ranging from Old West icons to modern cosmology.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 — a reading by Kerry Moyer from his latest poetry collection “Turnpike Prairie,” published by Emporia-founded Kellogg Press.
  • Monday, Oct. 25 — reading by members of the Emporia Writers Group, including Curtis Becker, AJ Dome and Tracy Simmons.

All events will begin at 7 p.m. To view livestreams and archived recordings of these events, attendees can visit

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Special Collections and Archives staff will participate in #AskAnArchivist Day, a yearly opportunity for the public to have their questions about archival collections and archival work answered via social media. To ask questions, Twitter users can tag Special Collections and Archives @esulyl and use the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. In addition, Twitter and Facebook users can follow @esulyl for event announcements, historical highlights, and other information from Special Collections and Archives.

The Special Collections and Archives exhibit “To Victory, Emporia!”: Celebrating ESU Athletics is on view and will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, during the Homecoming self-guided campus tours. Since its founding, ESU has cultivated excellence on the sports fields and courts, and visitors to the exhibit can discover outstanding student athletes and coaches and their achievements through stories, images, and artifacts, as well as getting a closer look at cheer squads, marching bands, and others who help to create the athletics experience. The exhibit is located in the exhibit hall outside Room 119 on the first floor of William Allen White Library and can be viewed during the building’s open hours through Dec. 17.