Connecting with Communities: The Mass. Memories Road Show, an initiative of University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston

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October 2011


The third speaker in the panel of four, Andrew Elder from University Archives & Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts Boston presented on the Mass. Memories Road Show, which is a community-focused digital history project that documents the people, places, and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. This project is distinctive in that it documents both the past and the present. Participants who come to share their photographs of their family or town history are recorded and tell the stories behind the photographs, and in doing so they often reveal their own story. Another unintended benefit of the Road Show is that the planning process helps build connections within communities while promoting archival services and uses.


Part of a panel at the Fall 2011 Meeting at Dartmouth College of New England Archivists, with Doris J. Malkmus from Penn State University, Laura Katz Smith from the University of Connecticut, and Sara Smith from Amherst College.

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