Originally published in Archival Issues Vol. 35, no. 1., 2013.


Traditional archival outreach methods for K-12 students teach children how to be historians-not archivists-by emphasizing critical thinking skills and document analysis. In contrast, K-12 outreach in the field of archaeology simultaneously emphasizes archaeological work, historical analysis, and critical thinking. This article examines both the archival and archaeological K-12 outreach models and draws from one author's experiences at The History Center in Diboll, Texas, to suggest changes to archival K-12 outreach that will leverage the profession's preexisting interactions with students to advocate for archives.