Help Save African American Treasures

NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

Save our African American Treasures

 Saturday, September 6, 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th St. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

This program is free and open the public, all are welcome.

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will co-host a daylong program to help Birmingham-area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance. Presented in collaboration with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the event will feature presentations, hands-

on activities and preservation tips.

Participants may bring up to three personal items for a 20-minute, one-on-one professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will be unable to determine an item’s monetary value. Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded).  Home video is also encouraged in 8mm, super 8, and 16mm film. We are unable to accommodate video formats such as VHS or HI-8.

The Treasures program also includes the following activities:

11:00 AM Saving Your Family Photographs and Papers
Great Aunt Mary left you with the responsibility of preserving the family photographs and papers – now what do you do? Learn how light, heat, and humidity can affect your family collections. Discover some simple things you can do to preserve your family paper and photography collections.
Presenter: Dee Psaila, Senior Conservator, Archives of Ontario

12:00 PM Preserving Digital Memories
Digital photos and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Join us to learn some simple, practical tips for preserving your digital memories.
Presenter: Walter Forsberg, Digital Archivist, Smithsonian NMAAHC

1:00 PM Preserving Clothing and Textiles
What is a “textile” in the museum world? Rag dolls, flags/banners, hats, lace, linens, needlework, quilts/ blankets, uniforms, upholstery/curtains – think fabric. Come and learn some tips on how to better preserve your daughter’s christening gown, your grandmother’s wedding dress, or your father’s military uniform from a professional who works in the field of textile preservation.
Presenter: Renée Anderson, Head of Collections, Smithsonian NMAAHC

2:00 PM Preserving Church Records: What to do and What not to do.
Every congregation should be keeping a record of its church history to develop a more complete understanding of its past activities. Learn best practices in preserving local church history, including what historical material to acquire and how to inventory and store.
Presenter: Frazine Taylor, Independent Archivist and Genealogy Consultant

12:30 PM and 2:30 PM Textile Packing Demonstration
Learn to store your textiles like a museum professional! Get practical tips to help you preserve special quilts and clothing, such as family uniforms and wedding dresses. See demonstrations of how to pack a quilt or dress using archival materials so you can safely store your treasures for the next generation.
Presenter: Susan Neill, Independent Costume & Textiles Scholar and Museum Consultant

For more information, visit, email or call (877) 733-9599.

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Save Our African America Treasures is made possible with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

did you hear what happened at LAX airport?

sign the petition by Daily Kos and SEIU (Service Employee International Union) in demanding that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) hold companies accountable for unsafe working conditions—and prevent such future tragedies.

Cesar Valenzuela was killed at work in February, while driving a baggage tug at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). He was working for airport contractor Menzies Aviation, and got run over after being thrown from the vehicle while driving.

The official safety report was just released, and Menzies had violated basic safety rules. The vehicle didn’t have a working seat belt. Menzies discouraged workers from wearing seat belts. And equipment inspections weren’t done properly.

This death could have been prevented, and Cesar should be alive today. He died leaving a wife, and two children without a father.

Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Airport Commissioners has the power to remove a company’s license to operate because of serious safety violations. It is time for LAWA to act and hold companies like Menzies accountable for unsafe working conditions at LAX.

Sign the petition by Daily Kos and SEIU demanding that LAX hold companies accountable—and to revoke Menzies’ contract—to prevent such future tragedies.

Keep fighting,
Chris Bowers, Daily Kos

If they’re sent to Iran, they’ll die

John B. Emerson, ,: Save Ali, Shahnaz and Arat’s lives by granting them US visas. This would save them from pending deportation back to Iran where they face certain imprisonment and probable execution for their beliefs.

Darrel Weaver
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Scarlett A. Wilson: Charge Alexander Duke with the murder of my husband, Stewart Pelfrey

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Weekly Address: The Export – Import Bank

Weekly Address: The Export-Import Bank

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the progress made towards rebuilding our economy, including the creation of nearly 10 million new private sector jobs in the past 53 months and the rise in the number of American exports to an all-time high.

That growth is in part thanks to the actions of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an organization that creates American jobs by helping to take American businesses global. The charter of the Export-Import Bank is slated to expire next month, unless Members of Congress renew it, as has happened 16 times in the past with support from Democrats and Republicans.

The President asked business owners and employees to reach out to their representatives, who are home this month, and let them know how important it is that the Export-Import Bank continue its work so that American businesses can continue to grow.

Click here to watch this week’s Weekly Address.

Watch: President Obama delivers the weekly address

Attorney General Holder: “The Eyes of the Nation and the World Are Watching Ferguson Right Now”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Ferguson, Missouri yesterday to review the Justice Department’s independent investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. While there, the Attorney General met with community leaders, FBI investigators, and federal prosecutors to get detailed briefings on the status of the case.


West Wing Week 08/22/14 or, “The Summer Social Media Mailbag Edition”

Welcome to a special edition of West Wing Week, featuring a Summer Social Media Mailbag Q&A session with White House staffers. But before we get to your questions, here are a couple scenes from the President’s week.


Chart of the Week: Auto Production at Its Highest Rate Since 2002

The American auto industry remains a cornerstone of our economy — a key source of our ability to export, innovate, and create jobs. During the economic turmoil of the Great Recession, the auto sector shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, and production dropped to the lowest level recorded in data going back to the 1960s. In 2009, President Obama took decisive action to rescue the industry from imminent collapse, saving more than 1 million jobs across the country.

Now, our auto industry is once again a source of economic strength, with more and more of the world’s top-of-the-line, fuel-efficient vehicles being made by American workers in American factories. In fact, the number of cars coming off our assembly lines just reached its highest level in 12 years.