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Museum urges African-Americans to preserve history

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is encouraging African Americans to preserve their history by hoding classes where attendees learn how to safely handle and preserve photos, clothing, textiles, collectibles, books and paper items.

The first program was held in Chicago in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library. Similar events are planned for Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. The emphasis is not on financial worth, but cultural and historical significance.

“We think if we just store it in a corner somewhere, it will be OK. But in fact, that’s not the case,” Johnson said. “We really need to actively find ways to preserve these things so we can hand them down to the next generation.”

Read more at The Associated Press

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Written by Symphony

January 19, 2008 at 7:35 pm

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