Bring your photos, home videos, and family documents for free digitization services through the Community Curation program of the National Museum of African American History and Culture throughout the month of September.
Receive digitized files originating from a range of your 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, the Smithsonian will provide a USB flash drive with digital copies of your collections. The sessions are hosted from 9am-5pm. Specific locations will be at the the DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago State University and at Evanston Township High School through Shorefront (www.shorefrontlegacy.org).
The Community Curation Program provides free digitization services and preservation help across the U.S. The program aims to encourage preservation and intergenerational story telling throughout the African American community. The program also hosts a free Community Curation Platform, where everyone is invited to share
their personal history.
September 21 through 28, the Smithsonian’s media truck will be in Evanston. It is recommended that you bring in your items on September 21 and 22. Pick up your items and USB flash drive on September 28. Keep in mind that what you select to be digitized will be available for the world to see, so bring with you what you don’t mind being public. You do retain the rights to your images/film.
Partnering organizations are the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, the DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago State University, the Vivian Harsh Archives and Shorefront. For more information and to register for one of the free digitization sessions in Chicago or in Evanston, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/family-history-center/community-curation-program/community-curation-chicago.