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Save Our African American Treasures
A National Collections Initiative


Save Our African American Treasures is a collaboration among cultural institutions, community leaders and the public to preserve and collect African American material culture. NMAAHC launched the Treasures program in January, 2008.

At each event, members of the public learn how to preserve their family photographs and papers, military uniforms, quilts and the other ephemera that document African American life. Save Our African American Treasures features presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

(Learn more about what happens at a Treasures Program with this video created by My Detroit Cable’s Lights Camera Culture series as The Smithsonian Institute visited the Detroit Public Library as part of their Save Our African American Treasures tour.)


Past Save Our African American Treasures programs have been held in:

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Albany, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charleston, SC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianola, MS
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • St. Helena, SC
  • Topeka, KS
  • Washington, DC

Check back regularly to see if Treasures will be coming to your community.