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This project will expand the community’s cultural heritage by digitizing materials documenting the area’s African American history. The opportunity to highlight the community’s lived experience capitalizes upon existing community-led/involved efforts on t

Project Overview

This project will expand the community’s cultural heritage by digitizing materials documenting the area’s African American history. The opportunity to highlight the community’s lived experience capitalizes upon existing community-led/involved efforts on this topic.

Workshop: Documenting African American Milledgeville

Join us for a FREE two-hour workshop on preserving your family records and treasures! Shanee Murrain, MLS, M.Div, University Archivist at the University of West Georgia will provide instruction on best practices for caring for photographs, newsletters, scrapbooks, programs, videos and textiles and will discuss considerations for administering community archives such as those found in churches and other areas of cultural significance.  Bring your materials with you and we will provide recommendations for labeling, housing, and storage.

For more information or to register by phone, contact Brittnee Robinson at 478-445-0980 or brittnee.robinson@gcsu.edu

This event will take place at Allen's Market, 201 N. Wayne St., Milledgeville, GA 31061

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About

This project will expand the community’s cultural heritage by digitizing materials documenting the area’s African American history. The opportunity to highlight the community’s lived experience capitalizes upon existing community-led/involved efforts on this topic.

  • Community members will receive training in caring and preserving their cultural heritage materials and will have their materials scanned for their own personal use. If elected, their materials will be included in local, regional and national digital repositories. Selected items will be featured in a traveling exhibit that will visit several sites of cultural significance.
  • A humanities scholar will lead a lecture that will use the history of a historic community school to engage participants in a discussion of the history of the community. Community griots will also speak briefly at the lecture. By focusing on several areas of cultural significance, this project will leverage the community’s pride in their stories.

Bio: Shanee Murrain

 

Shanee' Murrain currently serves as University Archivist at the University of West Georgia, where she manages the identification, appraisal, acquisition, description, storage, access, preservation, and disposal of multi-format university archives and publications. She holds an MLS in Archives and Records Management from North Carolina Central University. She has coordinated the planning of two community archives projects, “Your Organization Lives at UWGNPHC,” and “African American Churches in West Georgia Community.” Murrain has extensive experience in libraries and archives and has served as Director of Library Services and Seminary Archivist for the Payne Theological Seminary, as Reference and Public Services Librarian at Duke Divinity School Library, and Project Coordinator for the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection She has experience delivering preservation workshops to community-based groups and libraries and regularly presents at local, regional and national professional conferences and meetings