Thursday, June 9, 2016

Digitize your local and family history

As the DCist story points out, DC Public Library has similar tools and goals in Memory Lab to the Humanities Council of Washington D.C. Digital Museum.   Both seek to collect local history with the active participation of DC residents and former residents.

Residents are asked to take four to five objects which tell your family's story to the Humanities Council; participants will create a brief oral history about their contributions.   Those interested in participating should RSVP.

I would encourage DC Public Library and the Humanities Council to collaborate with other DC-based libraries and local museums to become a DPLA hub so that DC's rich history can be more widely available.   I would also encourage individuals to share their digitized history on History Pin, a cool online tool where people can share stories, images, and videos.

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