The Simmons family of Monongahela, Pa., c. 1913.

Archiving Your Family Collections: African American Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 7, 2022 • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Virtual
$10 per person | Please register online.
Virtual Program
Add to Calendar05/07/2022 10:00 AM05/07/2022 12:30 PMAmerica/New_YorkArchiving Your Family Collections: African American Genealogy WorkshopJoin the African American Program and the Detre Library & Archives for the annual African American Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, May 7.Online – Register for Joining InformationHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

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Join the African American Program and the Detre Library & Archives for the annual African American Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, May 7. Presented in partnership with the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh, the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and Highmark, the virtual program will focus on archiving family collections.  

Many people have harbored memorabilia related to their family’s history. They are accustomed to keeping family memorabilia and heirlooms in shoeboxes, trunks, or under beds and in closets and garages. Family bibles that list the births, deaths, marriages, and other vital information of generations of kin are treasures. Some families have chosen to donate their collections to archival repositories and museums. For both methods there are professional preservation techniques that need to be used to care for the long-term life of the material. 

This workshop will focus on identifying home methods of preservation that threaten the life of collections as well as provide professional methods the repositories use to ensure preservation and connect with methods used for centuries. 

The workshop will be led by Samuel W Black, the director of the History Center’s African American Program. He will be joined by attorney and genealogist Martha R. Conley and Aaisha Haykal, the manager of archival services at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.

Registration

Registration is $10 per person. Please register online before the event.

The African American Genealogy Workshop is sponsored by Highmark and AHN. 

Presenter Bios

Samuel W Black, director of the award winning African American Program and has 30 years of archival and genealogical experience. He is the editor and author of three books. He is a member of AAHGS Pittsburgh and a former board member of the Association of African American Museums. 

Martha R. Conley, is an genealogist, attorney, and the first African American female graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the first African American female accepted to the Bar in Allegheny County. She is a member of AAHGS Pittsburgh and the African American Advisory Council of the Heinz History Center. 

Aaisha Haykal, is the manager of archival services at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. In this position, she is responsible for collection development, public programming, instruction, reference, and administrative duties. She has been professionally involved in a number of associations including serving in leadership roles within the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Haykal is the former university archivist at Chicago State University (Chicago, IL).