ONLINE – We Are History Keepers Workshop, Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 am

Register and join us online
for a We Are History Keepers 
workshop – July 25, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
on Zoom!

Our originally planned workshop was scheduled to take place in the Crossroads Community Center for Bellevue and Eastside ethnic communities and historical organizations. Instead, interactive sessions will held online and led by University of Washington archivists and librarians. Topics to be covered at the workshop are organizing and preserving paper archives, digital files – including photos, and archiving audiovisual media. 

The workshop is FREE and open to all!
Registration is required and space is limited!  
A Zoom link will be provided to each registrant before the workshop.
Virtual “Doors” open at 9:30 am. Program begins at 10:00 and ends at 12:00 noon.

Learn more about the We Are History Keepers workshops and our upcoming events.
Contact us for more information.

Anne Jenner
Pacific Northwest Curator
University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

We Are History Keepers is a program developed by the
Ethnic Heritage Council
and the
University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Support comes from 4Culture.

History Keepers featured in UW Columns Magazine

A recent article published in the University of Washington alumni magazine called Shaping the future of history highlights the History Keepers workshops – free and open to the public – and offered several times a year in different place within the Puget Sound region. The next scheduled workshop will be held in Kent, Washington at the Kent Commons on October 12, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The article features beautiful photos of artifacts belonging to the Korean American Historical Society and comments by Mel Kang about what they learned from the workshops and the materials provided.

The Turkish American Cultural Association has also benefited from the workshops. “The tools and case studies presented at the workshops helped our researchers in the Turkish community save tons of hours so that we don’t have to invent something new on oral history projects,” says Ozgur Koc, a member of the board of directors of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington. “The workshops have helped us build relationships with other communities that we never have met.

Please contact us about your interest!

Join us for Tacoma History Keepers! Workshop – September 8, 2018

TACOMA History Keepers image copy

All are welcome to join us for We Are History Keepers – Tacoma!  – a free daylong workshop on preserving the historical and cultural record of your family and community – a program brought to you by the Ethnic Heritage Council, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Washington State Historical Society.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma. 

Sessions will include: small group instruction on sorting and preserving papers and records of your families and cultural organizations; creating exhibits; organizing and preserving your photo collections; conducting oral histories; cultural preservation through storytelling; and more!   Library, archives, and museum professionals from the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, UW Tacoma Library, and the Washington State Historical Society will lead the program. 

A part of the We Are History Keepers! program is pausing midday for a lunch prepared by one of our participating organizations.  The Asia Pacific Cultural Center will serve a delicious lunch of Asian Pacific foods for a $15 cash donation per person. Reserve lunch(es) and indicate vegetarian, if required, when you RSVP to:

Participants are also invited to share a completed history project or work in progress. If you or your youth have a visual display to exhibit, please let us know when you RSVP for the event. 

We Are History Keepers! is co-created by the Ethnic Heritage Council and the University of Washington LibrariesTacoma History Keepers! is funded in part by the Washington State Historical Society, the Heritage League of Pierce County and 4 Culture

Learn more about We Are History Keepers! on our website.  

Down load this flyer to help promote the workshop in your community!
TACOMA History Keepers Sept 2018 flyer

Tacoma History Keepers supporters


Tacoma History Keepers! Focus Group

The University of Washington Libraries and Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific Northwest, along with the Washington State History Museum are proposing a Tacoma We Are History Keepers! workshop to take place in September 2018.  In preparation of the workshop, we invite members of Tacoma’s ethnic communities to attend a focus group to discuss content of the workshop on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St, Tacoma from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Community members are invited to participate and share perspectives on how the planned workshop can help preserve the history of Tacoma ethnic communities and organizations. 

Background on the We Are History Keepers! Workshops

Since 2016, the University of Washington Libraries and the Ethnic Heritage Council have partnered to create We Are History Keepers!  – an ongoing series of workshops on preserving the cultural and historical experiences of ethnic communities and families. The free, day-long workshops are hosted in communities around the Puget Sound in collaboration with local ethnic and historical associations.  Workshop sessions are led by archivists and information specialists from the University of Washington Libraries and other organizations who teach best practices and help build skills for preserving historical records.  Sessions range from preserving documents, photographs, audio/visual and digital records, as well as collecting oral histories, creating exhibits, and conducting research on community history in the region.

Pre-workshop Focus Groups

In order to prepare workshops sessions that truly meet the needs of communities, we co-create each We Are History Keepers! workshop with a particular community through a series of conversations and meetings.  One important meeting is a focus group that is held several months before the workshop. The focus group is a meeting of representatives from the community and ethnic organizations who can speak to the interests and needs of their groups.  Archivists, librarians, and members of the Ethnic Heritage Council lead the focus group through a series of questions to learn about current and past projects, as well as what people are interested in learning in the workshop.  We also ask members of the focus group to help spread the word about the upcoming workshop through their organization’s mailing lists and newsletters.

We Are History Keepers – Tacoma partners