Your father's high school diploma. Videos of your children's birthday parties. Your great-grandmother's recipes. Photos from family reunions and graduations. Notes and records you've found in the family bible.
You get the idea.
Gather your memorabilia and head over to Evanston Township High School (ETHS) any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sept. 28, where, thanks to Dino Robinson, Shorefront Legacy Center, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, you'll find the Smithsonian media truck.
The folks in the truck will scan your memorabilia for you and provide you with a USB flash drive containing digital copies. Your records will also be kept at the Museum so that anyone today and in future generations can have access to it.
This service is part of The Community Curation Program, which connects African American communities across generational divides by preserving its history through the sharing of stories, photos, and videos to the Museum’s online community collection. The program promotes preservation and intergenerational storytelling.
And there's more! Shorefront and the Smithsonian are holding public programs at ETHS this week as well:
-- 3 p.m. to 6 p.m: Community Curation Platform Stations
-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m: "What's In Your Attic? A Community Show and Tell.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m: Oversizes Scanning (Shorefront)
5 p.m. to 7 p.m: Preserving your Legacy - How to Create Your Own Archive
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Collecting Dialogues: Tips on Conducting Oral Histories
1-3 p.m.: One Movie Film Festival (ETHS Little Auditorium)
All events are FREE.
For more information, click here.
Read more about the project in this Chicago Tribune column by Heidi Keibler Stevens here.
Photo cred: Kimberly Holmes-Ross