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PAST PROGRAM: Please note that this is a record of a past program. It is presented for your information only. Please visit our main Treasures page to find more information on upcoming Treasures programs.


Save Our African American Treasures: Albany, GA

When, Where, Who?

Save Our African American Treasures
Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Albany State University - Student Center
504 College Drive, Albany, Ga.

The program is free and open to the public, all are welcome.

What Is Treasures?

This program gives residents of southwest Georgia the opportunity to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of their homes.

What to Bring?

Participants can bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. Please note that our specialists are reviewers, not appraisers, and cannot determine items' monetary values.

Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded) can be reviewed.

Museum experts are particularly interested in evaluating items related to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s activities in southwest Georgia during the civil rights era of the 1960s. Items of interest are photographs, flyers, buttons, tickets, posters and other items from the period.

What else is there to do?

The Treasures program also includes the following activities throughout the day:

  • Civil Rights Panel Discussions: Two panels will discuss the legacy of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in southwest Georgia and the ongoing struggle for civil rights.
  • Preservation Presentations: Informal basic preservation sessions will take place during the day. The sessions will provide information on preserving clothing and textiles, family photographs and papers, and one session will explain the process of establishing provenance of an object. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Hands-on Preservation: In this hands-on activity, participants are invited to learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.

Our Partners

Presented in collaboration with the Albany State University, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Legacy Project, their host committee and the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc.

Save Our African American Treasures was made possible with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Questions?

Email us for more information at treasures@si.edu or call (877) 733-9599.