Our inaugural Community Curation program was held in Baltimore, November 3 - 12, 2017 at Impact Hub Baltimore. 

The Community Curation Program connects African American communities across generational divides by preserving our history through the sharing of stories, photos, and videos to the Museum’s online community collection. 

  • Bring your photographs, films, and video memories for digitizing by the Museum’s DigiTeam
  • Upload your digitized stories to our new online platform and share your history
  • Participate in free, public programs and workshops led by our Museum staff

Public Programs November 3 - 12, 2017

All programs were held at Impact Hub Baltimore and were free and open to the public. Please see below for details on individual programs.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

10 - 11:30 a.m.: Tracing Your Family Tree
Presenter: Lisa Crawley, Genealogy Reference Assistant at the Museum
Have you begun the journey to begin tracing your family tree? This free workshop will equip you with the tools to use genealogy databases, interpret genealogy records, and motivate you to think like a genealogist. Laptops and tablets are encouraged but are optional.
 

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Personal Digital Archiving - Keeping Track of All Your Bits and Bytes
Presenters: Walter Forsberg, Media Archivist, Jasmyn Castro and Blake McDowell, Media Conservation and Digitization Services at the Museum
Managing digital files across multiple computers, devices, and online platforms can be a gargantuan challenge. Led by the museum’s digital media and archival staff, this informal workshop and discussion will walk attendees through some best practices of digital file management and organization. Topics will include, file-naming strategies, folder and directory structures, digital photo basics, FaceBook backups, and website archiving approaches.

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.: The Community Curation Platform - Our Shared Digital History 
Presenter: Adam Martin, Chief Digital Officer at the Museum

Sunday, November 5, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Personal Digital Archiving - Keeping Track of All Your Bits and Bytes
Presenters: Walter Forsberg, Media Archivist, Jasmyn Castro and Blake McDowell, Media Conservation and Digitization Services at the Museum
Managing digital files across multiple computers, devices, and online platforms can be a gargantuan challenge. Led by the museum’s digital media and archival staff, this informal workshop and discussion will walk attendees through some best practices of digital file management and organization. Topics will include, file-naming strategies, folder and directory structures, digital photo basics, FaceBook backups, and website archiving approaches.

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.: The Community Curation Platform - Our Shared Digital History 
Presenter: Adam Martin, Chief Digital Officer at the Museum
The Community Curation Platform (CCP) is a new initiative from the Museum supported by the Robert Frederick Smith Fund Explore Your Family History Center. The CCP connects African American communities across generational divides by preserving our history through the sharing of stories, photos, and videos to the Museum’s online community collection.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Objects of Devotion: African American Religion and The Preservation of Sacred Things
Presenters: Teddy Reeves, Museum Specialist, Eric Williams, Curator of Religion, and Kim Moir, Public Programing Specialist, Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Museum
This workshop seeks to consider the relationship between Black religious traditions and material objects. Through a focus on religion and material culture, this interactive workshop will examine the varied ways material objects and religious memory have helped to shape African American history and culture. After considering the significance of these “objects of devotion,” workshop facilitators will pay special attention to the importance of preserving these objects.

Friday, November 10, 2017

5:30- 7:00 p.m.: African American Photography and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign
Presenter: Aaron Bryant, Curator of Photography at the Museum

Saturday, November 11, 2017

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Finding Your Family in the Freedmen’s Bureau Records
Presenters: Hollis Gentry, Genealogy Specialist and Kamilah Stinnett, Genealogy Reference Assistant at the Museum
This presentation will give a brief overview on the history of the Freedmen’s Bureau, identify the types of Bureau records useful for family history research and demonstrate how to search the records.

11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.: Soultalk - Oral History, Family, and Community
Presenter: Kelly Navies, Museum Specialist in Oral History for the Museum
An overview of the oral history program at the National Museum of African American
History and Culture. Strategies and guidelines for creating your own family/community oral history
project. Interactive exercises to get you started.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Personal Digital Archiving - Keeping Track of All Your Bits and Bytes
Presenters: Walter Forsberg, Media Archivist, Jasmyn Castro and Blake McDowell, Media Conservation and Digitization Services at the Museum
Managing digital files across multiple computers, devices, and online platforms can be a gargantuan challenge. Led by the museum’s digital media and archival staff, this informal workshop and discussion will walk attendees through some best practices of digital file management and organization. Topics will include, file-naming strategies, folder and directory structures, digital photo basics, FaceBook backups, and website archiving approaches.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.: The Community Curation Platform - Our Shared Digital History 
Presenter: Adam Martin, Chief Digital Officer at the Museum
The Community Curation Platform (CCP) is a new initiative from the Museum supported by the Robert Frederick Smith Fund Explore Your Family History Center. The CCP connects African American communities across generational divides by preserving our history through the sharing of stories, photos, and videos to the Museum’s online community collection.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
Presenter: Krewasky Salter, Associate Curator, Project Historian and Military Subject Matter Expert at the Museum
This presentation will discuss the mainly themes and highlights of the Military History Gallery. The curator will walk through the conceptual framework, development/design and nuances of the Military History Gallery. He will also discuss ways you might seek, assess and collect military related artifacts.

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