As you reunite and celebrate with your loved ones this holiday season, I want to thank you for all that you have done to help build the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
With your support, 2013 has been a great year for the Museum. The future museum site is a frenzy of activity as we continue to raise the walls and support columns. To date, we’ve collected over 23,000 artifacts including two large pieces — a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a guard tower from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — that will be a part of our inaugural exhibition on segregation. All of this progress is thanks to friends like you.
I wish you and your loved ones peace and joy this holiday season and into the New Year.
Please accept my sincere thank you for all you’ve done to support this year’s progress towards the grand opening of our Museum.
This year we saw many exciting developments including the installation of two signature objects in the Museum at our Constitution Avenue construction site: a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a 1930s guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
These objects are examples of the history inside our doors that will be as grand, exciting, and powerful as the building itself. And today, I’m writing to ask you to consider making a special, year-end tax-deductible gift to the Museum.
We’ve come so far:
All of this growth is proof of the commitment to making sure the Museum opens its doors in just a few short years. We still have a long way to go, and meeting our financial goal is one of our greatest objectives. That is why I encourage you to support us today.
Save Our African American Treasures
Saturday, January 11th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 12th, 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
The program is free and open to the public, all are welcome.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will host “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation,” a two day program to help south Florida residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance.
Participants are invited to bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine an item’s monetary value. Objects such as books, photographs, ceramics, metalwork and textiles no larger than a shopping bag (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded) can be reviewed.
The “Treasures” program also includes the following activities:
All Day Saturday and Sunday!
Hands-on Preservation: In this hands-on activity, participants are invited to learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.
Community Partners Expo: Learn more about the wonderful resources available in South Florida! Community Partners will distribute materials and answer questions from members of the public.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. / Sunday 12:30 p.m.
Black Broward Speaks: A presentation from three local repositories on how each acquired, preserved and made accessible an extensive collection of photographs of blacks in Broward County, dating as far back as the 1890s. Photographs depict the agricultural past, civil rights struggles, thriving business communities, and social life.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. / Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Personal Collection Disaster Planning: When a disaster strikes, personal keepsakes are among the top items to be saved. Unfortunately, these items are often forgotten until after the damage has been done. This discussion will provide information on the necessary steps to care for your treasures before, during and after disasters.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. / Sunday 2:30 p.m.
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 affect your family collections. Discover some simple things you can do to be a good steward of your family paper and photography collections.
Saturday 2:00 p.m. / Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Preserving Digital Memories: Digital photographs 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. Find out more about the nature of the problem and learn some simple, practical tips for preserving your digital memories.
Saturday 3:00 p.m. / Sunday 4:30 p.m.
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 get 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.
For more Treasures event information, visit nmaahc.si.edu/Programs/FLTreasures, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 733-9599.
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In fact, just this past weekend, we installed two signature objects, a Southern Pacific railway car and a 1930s-era guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, as part of the museum’s inaugural exhibition on segregation.
We are on track to open our doors in late 2015 thanks to your commitment to supporting and sharing African American history and culture with generations to come. From all of us here, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
Sincerely, Edison R. Wato, Jr. Membership Program Manager