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**REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO 10/18 AT MIDNIGHT E.S.T! WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS SPOTS PERMIT ON 10/19** This is the registration page for the 2012 Ask the Smithsonian program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council's annual celebration of October is American Archives Month with an annual Archives Fair.

This year includes special new programming, including newly preserved films from the vaults alongside lectures. For topics, see Archives Fair 2012 - Revealing Hidden Treasures. Webcasts from previous Fairs 2010 and 2011 are archived online

Appointments are 30 minutes long. Interviewees will be served in order of their check-in at the Ask the Smithsonian desk for their appointment within the hour of their reservation time. Reviews may be recorded, including participants and their objects.

A wait list will be automatically opened for when appointments listed above are at capacity and/or there are pre-event cancellations. If the wait list grows, we will try to add another table of reviewers!

Ask the Smithsonian @ Smithsonian Archives Fair 2012

Smithsonian Institution

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Ask the Smithsonian @ Smithsonian Archives Fair 2012

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Ask the Smithsonian 10:00-11:00 am
*Please only select ONE ticket for your appointment. Each ticket admits up to 2 persons arriving together with a maximum of 2 object(s).
4 Tickets Ended Free  
Ask the Smithsonian 11:00-12:00 pm   more info 3 Tickets Ended Free  
Ask the Smithsonian 12:00 pm-1:00 pm   more info 3 Tickets Ended Free  
Ask the Smithsonian 1:00 pm-2:00 pm   more info 4 Tickets Ended Free  
Ask the Smithsonian 2:00 pm-3:00 pm   more info 4 Tickets Ended Free  
Ask the Smithsonian 3:00 pm-4:00 pm   more info 2 Tickets Ended Free  

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Event Details

The Smithsonian’s archives celebrate “October is American Archives Month” with a Smithsonian Archives Fair Friday, October 19th, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the concourse of the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W. in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian Institution's S. Dillon Ripley Center

The event will feature a lecture series on projects and research based on Smithsonian collections, informational displays from more than a dozen Smithsonian archives and an Ask the Smithsonian program with hands-on consultations and preservation tips from experts such as archivists, librarians, museum specialists and conservators to teach local-area residents how to care for items they have tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of their homes.

Preregistration is required for the Ask the Smithsonian program. One to two easily transported archival items (two if the items are related) no larger than a shopping bag may be brought in for review, and up to 2 persons arriving together to discuss the same object may be accommodated.

Archival materials include letters, diaries, maps, scrapbooks, photographs, films, recordings and computer disks—anything that contains information of enduring value. Objects such as paintings, dolls, clothing/textiles, mechanical objects and toys will not be reviewed. The reviews are informational only; monetary appraisals will not be given and donations will not be accepted at this time. To register for an Ask the Smithsonian appointment, register for one of the time slots above. Please note that the overall number of appointments are limited, and each time slot has limited availability, so sign up well in advance to ensure an appointment with our Smithsonian experts.

For more information on the Smithsonian Archives Fair including the lecture and film program schedule, see .



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When & Where

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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