Dallas Public Library to collect oral histories of west Dallas, south neighborhoods

Dallas Public Library to collect oral histories of west Dallas, south neighborhoods

Long-time residents of Dallas’ western and southern neighborhoods can preserve their photographs, letters and other document through a new collaboration between Dallas Public Library and buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a local community design center.

The first “History Harvest” will take place at the Dallas West Branch from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Participants can bring up to five items about the history of their neighborhood to have digitized and added to the library’s archives. Oral histories will also be recorded for a series of short films about the neighborhood. All participants will receive digital copies of their contributions.

Additional History Harvest events will take place at the Polk-Wisdom Branch and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch later this year. Exhibits of the digitized materials will be shown at the respective branch libraries in fall 2019 and winter/spring 2020, including a final show in June 2020 at the Central Library featuring stories collected from all three neighborhoods.

“We’re excited to expand our Neighborhood Stories work through this partnership with the Dallas Public Library. The goal of this work is to amplify the stories of residents across the city; working with the Library will enable a level of preservation and future access that we’ve never been able to achieve before,” said Lizzie MacWillie, Associate Director of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP.

For more information, contact Lizzie MacWillie, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP Associate Director, at 214-252-2900 or [email protected]

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