#AskAnArchivist Day encourages people to engage with history on Twitter

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - The first day of October is #AskAnArchivist day. You can get on Twitter, use the hashtag, and ask questions of archivists all over the country, including right here in Limestone County.

Limestone County Archivist Rebekah Davis summarizes her work for the curious, "In a nutshell, we preserve our history, and we make it accessible."

As far as typical questions go, she says, "The number one request we get is genealogy. People want to know who they are and where they came from, where their people came from. "

Of course, people also want to know about the pieces the past leaves behind.

Davis notes, "We also get a lot of questions just about local history. We get people wanting to know who lived in their house, and a lot of times they want to know if somebody died there, because they think maybe their house is haunted."

These books, these records -- they're our best effort to decode and decide what parts of our lives might still matter in fifty years, in a hundred.

And you can engage with the keepers of those records directly through #AskAnArchivist day.

A few notable archives you may want to contact:

  • @LimestoneRchive
  • @AlabamaArchives
  • @AAMU_Archives
  • @USNatArchives
  • @NASA_Marshall