Being an archivist is an involved profession. The needs of the collections and the needs of the researchers must be constantly evaluated. Archivists are charged with preserving history, and in doing so, we keep a little piece of what we hold alive. Though each archivist has a different focus, we all want you to understand yourself and where you come from more completely through the history we preserve. October is Archives Month – a time to remember not only archives, but to also think about that history and what it means to you. If you value its preservation, support your local archives. Donations are always appreciated, but so are letters of thanks. For many archives, letters of support can help show that an archives is needed, and therefore keep it from being closed. Help us keep your history alive.