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In this presentation, I explored three aspects of the Mass. Memories Road Show: the public event, the digital collection, and the archival record of Massachusetts communities. I discussed bringing archival resources out into communities (rather than vice versa), and thus reaching new audiences, as well as building new partnerships within those communities.

The Mass. Memories Road Show is a state-wide digital history project that documents people, places, and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and record “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an open, online educational database. Since its launch in 2004, the Mass. Memories Road Show has gathered more than 6,000 photographs and stories from across the state.


Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (Cleveland, Ohio, August 16-22, 2015) as part of a session title "You Do What? Nontraditional Outreach that Works." Other other presenters in this session were Caitlin Brennecke from Troy Historic Village, Caitlin Christian-Lamb from Davidson College, Kelsey Duinkerken from Thomas Jefferson University, and Anne Morgan from the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. The session was moderated by Michelle Ganz from Lincoln Memorial University.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.

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