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Between October 2008 and October 2009, members of the Kirkland Archives, Media, and Publications (AMP) subcommittee gathered to develop their mission.
For an initial meeting in Hamilton's Burke Library, Kirkland alumnae were joined by Professors John O'Neill and Maurice Isserman, Mary O'Neill, Hamilton Archivist Katherine Collett, current Hamilton students, and other interested staff members. Collett detailed items currently housed in the Kirkland Archives, and discussion centered around how to best conserve and share our legacy.
A planning meeting was held in Washington, D.C., and our strategic plan was hammered out. Potential projects were brainstormed and ongoing projects were brought into sharper focus.
The off-campus meeting was followed by a second meeting on the Hill Oct. 3, 2009, during Fallcoming Weekend. Members of AMP shared the strategic plan, displayed proposed web pages for the online exhibit on Kirkland history, and presented an exciting array of ongoing multimedia projects. Hamilton Trustee Susan Skerritt K'77, Penny Watras Dana K'78, and Hamilton's Alumni Council President Julie Ross H'84 were among those in attendance and expressing enthusiasm for the body of projects, which are intended to preserve and protect our legacy and culture.
Kirkland alumnae, faculty, administration, and staff submitted original creative work for an anthology, Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community, which is being complied by Jo Pitkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mission is to identify, document, make accessible, and breathe life into Kirkland's history using new media opportunities. We want to ensure records and memories of our undergraduate institution are aggregated, maintained, and made available to alumnae and scholars in perpetuity.
Members of the Kirkland AMP Committee are professional writers, a photo documentarian, professional photographers, print and broadcast journalists, attorneys, activists and an archivist.
Currently, the committee has no budget although a recently-submitted grant proposal was crafted to help defray initial professional transcription costs. The sub-committee is seeking donations to help fund a documentary and exhibition and perhaps, a lecture series.
If you have questions or ideas about Kirkland Archives, please e-mail the AMP Co-chairs at Karchive@hamilton.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.