Community Curation in Chicago!

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

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

Poster for the American Negro Exposition in Chicago 1940

Poster for theAmerican Negro Exposition in Chicago 1940

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture , Gift of Ingrid Rose in Memory of Milton M. Rose

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is coming to Chicago September 7 – September 28, 2019 to host a free Community Curation event at the DuSable Museum of African American History and Evanston Township High School. 

View the event schedule

Throughout the month, the Museum and its collaborators will provide digitization sessions and host a series of workshops and programs on topics ranging from the history of Chicago house music to the basics of conducting genealogical research across the Chicagoland area.  

The Community Curation Program is all about preserving and sharing African American history. If you are in the Chicago area, we invite you to bring your personal photographs, documents, and audiovisual materials to our events where our experts will digitize them for you. After your items have been digitized, you will receive a USB drive containing digital copies of your collections. 

 Bring your photos, home videos, and family documents for free digitization services.

At the locations below, our expert staff can digitize a range of items— from your great-grandmother’s high school diploma to photos from your sorority chapter’s annual gala to the videotape of your family reunion. At the end of the hour-long session, we will provide a USB flash drive with digital copies of your collections.

The Community Curation Program provides free digitization services and preservation help across the United States. The program aims to encourage preservation and intergenerational storytelling throughout African American communities. The Program also hosts an online platform that invites everyone to share their personal history.

Register for one of our free digitization sessions.

Still Image Digitization (photos, documents, flat items)
Location: DuSable Museum of African American History
Dates: September 7 - 20, 2019
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Moving Image Digitization (video and audio only)
Location: DuSable Museum of African American History
Dates: September 7 - 20, 2019
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Moving Image Digitization (video and audio only)
Location: Evanston Township High School
Dates: September 21 - 22, 2019
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Still Image Digitization (photos and documents only)
Location: Chicago State University
Dates: September 24 - 28, 2019
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Can’t make a session? Join us for workshops and panel discussions throughout the month. We’ll discuss tracing and preserving your family’s history, the importance of intergenerational storytelling and Chicago culture. Use the links below to register for some of our programs.

Genealogy 101 with Tony Burroughs
Location: Gwendolyn Brooks Library
Date: September 7, 2019
Time: 11am - 2pm
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Digitizing Black Naratives featuring Angela Ford of the Obsidian Collection in conversation with Maudlyne Ihejirika of the Chicago Sun-Times
Location: DuSable Museum, Ames Auditorium
Date: September 14, 2019
Time: 10am - 12pm
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Triibe Tuesday with NMAAHC: Preserving Black Chicago’s Story
Location: Farm on Ogden
Date: September 17, 2019
Time: 6pm - 8pm
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Community Curation Chicago is being held in collaboration with the DuSable Museum of African American History, the ShoreFront Legacy Center, the Woodson Regional Library and Chicago State University. 

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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture , Gift of John H. White/ Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist , © John H. White