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

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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.  

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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.

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History Keepers at the Northwest African American Museum

We Are History Keepers
Saturday, February 17, 2018
12:00 – 5:30 pm
Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts Street, Seattle

Free, registration required. To reserve a seat, visit:
This day of workshop sessions at the Northwest African American Museum provides the skills and knowledge to preserve your own historical records, including photographs and papers, and to collect oral histories. Sessions will be led by archivists from the University of Washington Libraries and MOHAI, and a consultant to the Shelf Life Community Story Project. Participation is free and includes admission to the Northwest African American Museum. We Are History Keepers is an ongoing program of the Ethnic Heritage Council and University of Washington Libraries.