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PAST PROGRAM: Please note that this is a record of a past program. It is presented for your information only. Please visit our main Treasures page to find more information on upcoming Treasures programs.

Save Our African American Treasures: Fort Lauderdale, FL

When, Where, Who?

Save Our African American Treasures
Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

The program is free and open to the public, all are welcome.

What is Treasures?

This program gives residents of south Florida the opportunity to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the storage sheds, closets and garages of their homes.

What to Bring?

Participants can bring up to three personal items for a professional consultation on how to care for them. Please note that our specialists are reviewers, not appraisers, and cannot determine items' monetary values.

Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed. Furniture, carpets, weapons and paintings are excluded.

What Else is There to Do?

The Treasures program also includes the following activities:

All Day Saturday and Sunday!
Hands-on Preservation
In this hands-on activity, participants are invited to learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.

All Day Saturday and Sunday!
Community Partners Expo
Learn more about the wonderful resources available in South Florida! Community Partners will distribute materials and answer questions from members of the public.

Saturday 11:00 AM / Sunday 12:30 PM
Black Broward Speaks
A presentation from three local repositories on how each acquired, preserved and made accessible an extensive collection of photographs of blacks in Broward County, dating as far back as the 1890s. Photographs depict the agricultural past, civil rights struggles, thriving business communities, and social life.

Saturday 12:00 PM / Sunday 1:30 PM
Personal Collection Disaster Planning
When a disaster strikes, personal keepsakes are among the top items to be saved. Unfortunately, these items are often forgotten until after the damage has been done. This discussion will provide information on the necessary steps to care for your treasures before, during and after disasters.

Saturday 1:00 PM / Sunday 2:30 PM
Saving Your Family Photographs and Papers
Great Aunt Mary left you with the responsibility of preserving the family photographs and papers – now what do you do? Learn how light, heat, and humidity affect your family collections. Discover some simple things you can do to be a good steward of your family paper and photography collections.

Saturday 2:00 PM / Sunday 3:30 PM
Preserving Digital Memories
Digital photographs and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Find out more about the nature of the problem and learn some simple, practical tips for preserving your digital memories.

Saturday 3:00 PM / Sunday 4:30 PM
Preserving Clothing and Textiles
What is a "textile" in the museum world? Rag dolls, flags/banners, hats, lace, linens, needlework, quilts/blankets, uniforms, upholstery/curtains – think fabric. Come and get some tips on how to better preserve your daughter's christening gown, your grandmother's wedding dress, or your father's military uniform from a professional who works in the field of textile preservation.

Save Our African American Treasures is made possible with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Email us for more information at or call (877) 733-9599.