The Community Curation Program

The Community Curation Program is an innovative, digital first initiative bridging the generational digital divide. By bringing the Museum's digitization services to diverse communities across the country and creating a unique online platform, the program supports the preservation and sharing of community history and culture. 

Community Curation in Chicago!

September 7– September 28, 2019 in collaboration with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium and its member institutions: DuSable Museum of African American History, Shorefront Legacy Center,  Chicago Public Library's Woodson Regional branch, and Chicago State University.   

The Community Curation project 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.
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Share Your Story

Supported by the Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center, the Community Curation Program provides a unique opportunity for individuals, families, and community groups to share their stories as part of the Museum's online community collection. Begin sharing your stories today by creating an online account with the Museum and uploading your digitized photos and videos. Visit our Submission Guidelines to learn tips on digitizing and what makes for a great community story.

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A color photograph of a large gathering of people outdoors.
From the Collection, Gift of Princetta R. Newman

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The Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Museum as part of the Explore More! interactive gallery area. The Center provides digital resources supporting the preservation, digitization, and sharing of African American family history. Visitors to the Museum receive expert guidance on genealogy, oral histories, and how to preserve family films, videos, and photographs through hands on workshops and digitization sessions in our media lab. For more information, or to make an appointment for a personalized digitization session, email

Join the Community

Follow @NMAAHC #CuratedByCommunity to learn more about the Community Curation Program