Month: May 2015
We take history off the shelf - to preserve, share and remix it! Take peak into how culture & history come alive...everyday
#PreserveYourLegacy- Photo Captions BY DBPSite
(John Johnson / Courtesy Douglas Keister / NMAAHC, SI)

From Smithsonian Magazine (John Johnson / Courtesy Douglas Keister / NMAAHC, SI)

If you are like me, I often look back and old photographs and wonder – now, who was that in the red hat that I was talking to a 1999 Memorial Day picnic?!

I suggest using a soft pencil and writing on the back of the old photos to capture that information.  For digital photos – use the tags and description box to write down who is the photo and where it was taken.

More tips from the National Archives here.

Your grandkids will thank you!

#PreserveYourLegacy – Personal Archiving BY DBPSite
Baloo Cartoon, 2009

Baloo Cartoon, 2009

What’s your story?  Take a moment to think about all the great and amazing things you have done in the last 5 years.  Now, in 20 years, will you remember what was the most significant event or achievement of 2015?  Where was it? When did it happen?  What was it? Why was it significant? How did you feel?

Well, here is a tip to preserve your legacy – Use archival safe, acid free products to collect those mementos in one place and make sure to make a digital copy for sake keeping.


Preservation Happens Every Day BY DBPSite

When I think of #Preservation – I take an unconventional approach.  Did James Baldwin or Bessie Smith know they were making history when they got up every morning?  I doubt it, but what I do suspect is that they each had a healthy appreciation for recoding and preserving their observations.

One of my favorite authors – Chimamanda Adichie – talks about the “danger of a single story.”  The role that preservation plays gives flight to a multidimensional story – oral histories, personal scrapbooks, archival collections and commentaries via social media are some of the most illustrative versions.


Source: NPR

Source: NPR


Check out how she approached curating the recent PEN World Voices Festival

“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the best-selling Nigerian author, wants American readers to know that African writers don’t just write about Africa’s problems. “When we talk about the developing world, there’s this idea that everybody should be fighting for the poor,” she says. Though it might seem obvious to point out, she adds, “people are diverse, and there are different things that are going on with them.”

She calls it the “danger of a single story”—the idea that people living in certain areas of the world all have one kind of experience. Ms. Adichie hopes to show audiences Africa’s range of stories as the co-curator of this year’s PEN World Voices Festival. For the first time, the weeklong literature event, which starts Monday in New York, will have a regional focus. Along with other book-related programs, authors from Africa and its diaspora will speak about topics like how the West misunderstands African culture and the state of Africa’s poetry scene.”


Scrapbooks are History books BY DBPSite



In 1854 Frederick Douglass urged the readers of his newspaper to clip out an article called “Black Heroes”: “Colored men! Save this extract. Cut it out and put it in your Scrap-book.” The item told of armed African American soldiers in the Revolutionary War and listed the names of eighteenth-century “black men who had fought and bled for their country” as proof of black people’s stake in the nation. In exhorting “colored men!” to cut out the extract, put it in their scrapbooks, “and use it at the proper time,” Douglass suggested that the clipping itself could be ammunition for a cause…He thus identified a crucial potential in nineteenth-century scrapbooks made of newspaper clippings: scrapbooks could be a weapon.


Excerpt from Ellen Gruber Garvey, Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, Oxford University Press, 2013.