Smithsonian project helps preserve and share African-American histories with the world

The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library takes great pride in preserving the history of African-Americans in Colorado and the West and this November we’re excited to welcome the Smithsonian’s Community Curation Project to the library to help digitize and share even more stories from our community. 

The Robert Frederick Smith Fund at the National Museum of African American History and Culture connects African-American communities across generational divides by preserving history through the digitization and sharing of stories, photos and videos to the museum’s online community collection. The museum will bring their technology-packed bus to the Blair-Caldwell Library Nov. 1-11 to help African-American community members digitally document their histories and get them uploaded for access across the world. 

If you’re interested in sharing and documenting your personal or family history, please register to attend a free session where you’ll learn how to capture oral histories, digitize photographs and film and discover more about local African-American history. When you’re ready to start the physical digitization process, you’ll need to schedule a time with the Smithsonian representatives. They’ll walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

After the digital process is complete, you’ll be able to upload your materials to a new online app that allows you to share your family history with the world or you may keep your personal and family treasures private. Of course, the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library is also a great place for preserving your history and we can help with that, too. 

To learn more about the project or to find out about donating your materials to the Blair-Caldwell Library, contact Librarian Terry Nelson or Annie Nelson.    

Written by ChrisH on October 19, 2018