A new chapter begins for the Woody Guthrie Archives as they settle into their new home at the Woody Guthrie Center. With state of the art compact shelving, environmental control, and research space, we have done everything possible to set the stage for inspiring creativity and ensuring long-term preservation for the collection.
Let me introduce myself, I am Kate Blalack, the Center’s new archivist. I began on July 1, 2013, and believe me, I hit the ground running. We have an excellent team here at the Center and have been working to bring our extended family into our new home. Let’s call it a housewarming, and we would like you to come help us celebrate.
I have already had the opportunity to experience one of our First Friday events at the Center, when we are open free to the public in the evenings at 5:00pm sharp. The crowd was amazing, full of life and excitement. This is how an Education Center dedicated to Woody Guthrie should feel. I have worked with our exhibits, assisted researchers, and just begun tackling the complex content of the archives.
Though I am a nationally certified archivist, this collection is new to me. Already I have learned what an amazing visual artist Guthrie was, in addition to his songs. His mind seems a wild garden of ideas, with one blooming into another and another.
So, I invite you to join me as I begin to explore this new territory of Woody Guthrie’s life, his legacy, and his far reach out into the world. I cannot imagine a better muse for an archivist or for humankind.