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MONTPELIER — Vermont Voice and Vote, this year's theme for Vermont Archives Month, is being promoted by both Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and State Archivist Tanya Marshall.

"This theme was selected in recognition of a monumental year that brings us a new census, a presidential election, and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment," Condos said in a news release. "Through our state's written records, we can discover ways the words and the voices from Vermont's past inform the lives and the issues of Vermonters today."

Vermont Archives Month is an "excellent opportunity for citizens of all of ages to actively get involved in researching and preserving Vermont's historical records to understand how our past can shape our future," according to State Archivist Tanya Marshall. "Our 2020 committee members, Sally Blanchard-O'Brien, Prudence Doherty, Mary Ide, Beth Kanell, and Gary Shattuck, in collaboration with the Vermont Historical Records Program, developed a series of virtual events that allow for broad participation."

This year's Vermont Archives Month events include a video storytelling session inspired by the archival holdings of the Waterford Historical Society, a transcrib-a-thon of women's diaries hosted by the University of Vermont's Silver Special Collections Library, and a research-a-thon sponsored by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, a division of the Secretary of State's Office.

Archives in Context - a series of online conversations about archives, culture, and preservation co-sponsored by Keene State College, the New Hampshire State Archives and the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration - will also take place throughout the month of October as part of the national celebration of American Archives Month.

For more information, visit www.vtarchivesmonth.org. Inquiries can also be directed to the Vermont Historical Records Program at sos.vhrp@vermont.gov.

The Vermont Historical Records Program was started in May 2017 as a program of the Vermont State Historical Records Advisory Board and the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration with funding from Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.