This Week's Pod Cast


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Fall is here, and as October approaches, let’s all keep Georgia on our minds. The issues surrounding the closing of the Georgia State Archives should be on all of our minds and let’s remember to show our support for keeping access to the state archives open to all.

A friendly shout out to those attending the ASALH conference in Pittsburgh. This is the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Hopefully all of the workshops are enlightening and stimulating.

Also a shout out to Bernice Bennett who is in South Carolina at a statewide conference. I hope you caught the Bernice Bennett show last night, hosted by Natonne Kemp. The focus was on records in Kentucky. Natonne did a great job as a guest host and the dialogue was truly interesting! The show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm EST on Blog Talk Radio

October is almost here, and next week AAHGS will be in Greensboro NC. The following week, the annual conference of the Chicago Afr. Am. Genealogy Society will also unfold, and after that, several hundred folks will be on their way to Salt Lake Cityh for the IBGS–the International Black Genealogy Summit

Next week, in Richmond, the Library of Virginia is launching an event to kick off October, which is Archives month. Where History Begins: Celebrating Our Successes on October 1. This is a workshop for local historical and genealogical societies. The day-long workshop will feature concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon.

Tomorrow, the Richmond Chapter of AAHGS will have its September meeting on Saturday the 29th at 10:30 am at the Richmond Public Library. The guest speaker will be Dr. Michael Blakey, from the College of William and Mary. He will be talking about DNA and genealogy, the pros and cons thereof, and his own research projects as well. You may recognize his name, as he is most known for being the lead scientist on the New York African Burial Ground project.

You know last week I mentioned a preservation story—the story of the family of Chief Anderson—the flight instructor to the Tuskegee Airmen. They story was about their donation of his papers to the Smithsonian. Well this week—another story emerges—a dress is being donated to the Smithsonian as well. A simple cotton dress. However it was one of several dresses that made history back in 1957 when 9 teenagers went to school. I am referring to the Little Rock Nine. There is a wonderful lesson in the fact that Carlotta Walls’ mother kept the dress that she wore on the first day of school. Her mother saw the fact that the dress made history. The story about the dress appeared in the Washington Post, last week.

The lesson for us is that we all have ordinary things that are witnesses to historical events in our lives and in our community. We should all become our own preservationists, and our own curators. So let’s preserve the dresses, the bricks handled by our ancestors, the tools they used, the photos, the old papers, bibles and more. They are the silent witnesses to the past.

Well–thanks again for tuning in to this week’s podcast! Thanks also for sharing the many documents and announcements with me. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and always, keep sharing what you find.

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