Teachers ARCHIVES IN THE Hosting a Professional Development Day for K–12 Teachers Annie Tummino, SUNY Maritime College Shortly after I started as the archivist and scholarly communications librarian at SUNY Maritime College, the library director informed me that we’d be coordinating a professional development day for sixty K–12 teachers, including a module on working with primary sources. The idea of teaching teachers made me nervous, especially given that I was brand new to the collections and fairly new to archival pedagogy. However, I put aside my trepidation to focus on the benefits of this exciting opportunity to bring more people into the archives. Tucked away in the Bronx on the Throgs Neck peninsula where the East River meets the Long Island Sound, SUNY Maritime is a hidden gem. The college prepares students for jobs in the maritime industry through a unique combination of academics and applied learning, including summer sea terms and internships. A large percentage of students participate in a structured Regiment of Cadets, famous for fostering leadership skills, and earn Merchant Marines licenses. SUNY Maritime’s Stephen B. Luce Library is located in Fort Schuyler, a nineteenth-century pentagonal fortification that is a centerpiece of the campus. The library is home to the college’s archives, which document the history of the institution since its founding in 1874, as well as the papers and records of many significant maritime organizations and professionals. These collections tell the story of the development of nautical education and the role of mariners in American history. In addition to attending a primary sources workshop in the library, teachers were treated to a tour of the Maritime Industry Museum and a lecture on the history of Fort Schuyler by a professor in the humanities department. Representatives from the Admissions Office welcomed the group and students escorted the teachers around campus. This collaborative model allowed each department to take on a manageable segment of the day while providing a balance of activities. The tour got visitors moving, the lecture allowed for sitting and listening, and the archives workshop facilitated discussion. Together, the modules offered insights into the history of the site, broader maritime history, and the resources of the college. Building relationships with local schools is an important recruitment tool, so the event fulfilled the college’s larger administration objectives while also meeting the library’s goal of making the collections more accessible to the larger community. Focusing the Primary Sources Workshop The teachers were divided into three teams of twenty that rotated through activities, making me responsible for three seventy-minute workshops over the course of the day. My goals for the workshop were to advertise the special collections and archives at the Luce Library and encourage a broader discussion about the use of primary sources in the classroom. Initially I thought I’d show off some of our “greatest hits,” like a letter from George Washington to the Marine Society of New York. However, I soon discarded that approach in favor of something more hands-on and participatory. I envisioned pulling an assortment of boxes from the shelves for teachers to dig through. But after browsing TeachArchives.org , a wonderful resource developed by the Brooklyn Historical Society, I decided instead September/October 2016 A Collaborative Approach The professional development day evolved to include several departments on campus. 6 A RC HIVA L OU TLO OK Visiting K–12 teachers become students in the archives for a day. Courtesy of Annie Tummino.