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8th Annual DC Community Heritage Project Summer Symposium - Contributing to the Historical Narrative

Friday, June 22, 2012
Free Symposium Addresses the Current State and Best Practices of Community Heritage Preservation in Washington, DC

What: Deputy Director of the National Park Service Mickey Fearn will lead a panel of local historians in a discussion on the state of community heritage preservation in Washington, DC. In addition, there will be a sessions on new ways to use digital tools to preserve history.

When: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:15 to 8:30 pm

Where: Cleveland Park Library, two blocks south of the Cleveland Park Metro Station.

The Humanities Council of Washington DC in partnership with the DC Historic Preservation Office will hold its annual Summer DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) Symposium  Thursday, June 28, from 6:15 to 8:30 pm. The event takes place at the Cleveland Park Library two blocks south of the Cleveland Park Metro Station.

This year's symposium theme is “Contributing to the Historical Narrative.” The program will include a workshop devoted to the digitizing of records, including family heirlooms and artifacts.

Following the workshop, a panel of local historians will discuss the “State of DC Local History.” Practitioners in the field of historic preservation and local history will explore the involvement of local citizens in the documentation, interpretation, and preservation of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods and districts. Mickey Fearn, the Deputy Director of Communications and Community Assistance for the National Park Service will lead the panel. Other panelists include Marya A. McQuirter, PhD, Co-Founder of the DC Community Heritage Project; Matthew Gilmore, Editor on the board of Washington History; John DeFerrari, author of the blog “Streets of Washington”; Carl C. Cole, lover of history and champion of the arts; and Khari Eyen Zame Johnson, high school student and an I Saw! The Experience of Learning in DC’s Resident Youth Leader & Creative Visual Artist.  A Question & Answer session will follow.

The final element of the program will include remarks from Jefferson Bailey, a current Fellow at the Library of Congress’ Office of Strategic Initiatives. He will deliver a brief seminar on digitally preserving personal artifacts and heirlooms, using items scanned during the reception at the start of the event.

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) transforms lives through the power of the Humanities. As a far-reaching community catalyst, we build bridges between multiple and diverse neighborhoods to affirm and enliven the human spirit, promote cross-cultural understanding, enrich the quality of life, and foster intellectual stimulation. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and public and private partners, we support local humanities projects and Council initiated programs.

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