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Underground Railroad Center focus of Archives Week talk

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2004) -- Nicholas Finke, librarian and archivist at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, will be the eighth annual Ohio University Archives Week speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 13. His talk, "Documenting the Past at the Freedom Center," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room (Room 319) in Alden Library and is free and open to the public.

Nicholas FinkeThe National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was incorporated in 1995. The Freedom Center opened its exhibit hall in August 2004. For more information on the Freedom Center, visit www.freedomcenter.org.  

Finke has been with the Freedom Center since 2002. His talk will discuss how the center, as a new institution, has had to collaborate with established archival repositories to provide documents for its exhibits and education programs. He will also talk about the work of organizing the Freedom Center's own archival records.

Archives Week in Ohio is a program of the Society of Ohio Archivists, now in its 12th year. More information is available at www.ohiojunction.net/soa/aweek.html.  

The Friends of the Libraries of Ohio University, which is sponsoring the program, was established in 1979 to support the libraries, its programs and its collections.

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Media Contact: Executive Secretary of Friends of the Libraries of Ohio University George W. Bain, (740) 593-2713 

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