Oral history and artifacts


Although not connected with the AFRAM festival, the Maryland Humanities Council (which is a member of the Coalition for Maryland History and Culture) is presenting "The African-American Experience in Maryland" on Saturday. It takes place at Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., from 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free public forums will focus on family roots, oral history, family photographs, documents and artifacts.

This is the fifth of six scheduled presentations that are being held around the state. Professor Barbara Jeanne Fields, an African-American scholar at Columbia University, will open the forum with a talk titled "Justice in Moderation: The Evil Genius of Compromise During the Civil War."

"Activities for children and child care will be offered," says Mallory Maxwell, spokesman for the council. There will be music, exhibits, storytelling and a dance performance by Dance, Drum, Heal Productions, Maxwell says.

Workshops include "How Can I Learn About My Family?"; "Family Artifacts: What Do They Mean, How Can We Preserve Them?"; "Photographs and Documents: What's Worth Keeping, How Can Save Them?"; and "What Is Oral History and Why Is it Important?"

People are encouraged to bring family photographs, documents and artifacts from home to discuss with workshop presenters, Maxwell says.

Three years ago, the Maryland Humanities Council formed the Coalition for Maryland History and Culture to coordinate efforts to interpret and preserve Maryland citizens' past and culture.

" 'The African-American Experience in Maryland' culminates a three-year initiative to pull together materials and to further connections so that Maryland citizens can better understand the defining role that African-Americans have in making our state's heritage such a rich one," Maxwell says.

Writing family history

What: "The African-American Experience in Maryland"

When: Saturday, 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.

Call: The Coalition for Maryland History and Culture at (410) 625-4830 for information and registration

Pub Date: 8/01/96

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