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Learn how to create your own family archive and contribute to the Northside Milwaukee Community Archive!
Milwaukee Community Archive Day will feature a free and delicious hot brunch buffet and assistance scanning, digitizing, organizing and preserving your personal and family collections (photographs, letters, and keepsakes) so that you might begin your own private archive. We will help you to digitize up to 20 individual items on site (arrangements can be made for additional scanning after the event) and will have professional archivists available to answer your questions for the duration of the event.
Guided by community input and created for community members, we are working to build a collection for Northside Milwaukee and Metcalfe Park. The stories collected at this event will focus on lost spaces where families once had homes, businesses or important memories, with the hope that the collection will continue to grow and preserve community history over generations. The collection is built on voluntary contributions and will remain in the community under the care of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum.
The event will occur Saturday, October 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p,m. at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum, 2620 West Center Street.
If you are interested in sharing your history with the community archive, you will have the option to contribute copies of your selected materials to the collection. You will also have the opportunity to share your stories and memories with us through recorded oral history interviews and a guided group discussion. But there is no requirement to contribute to the larger collection. You are free to use the day for personal or family purposes.
Whether you are just curious about archiving, want to start your own family or personal archive, or are interested in contributing to the preservation of Northside Milwaukee’s history, we hope you will join us on October 22nd at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society!
Admission is free, and includes hot brunch, so be sure to RSVP at https://www.whoseland.org/rsvp to reserve yourself a plate.
The event is co-sponsored by Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, the Whose Land? Project, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Humanities.
For more information, contact: James Levy, Director, The Whose Land? Project at email@example.com.