IAAM Launches History Harvest Project to Preserve History

The International African American Museum (IAAM), in partnership with two Johns Island churches, will host Charleston’s first-ever History Harvest event to help people preserve family histories.

History Harvest is a digital archive of historical artifacts from communities across the United States, a project originally started by the University of Nebraska. The IAAM says the event offers community members a way to preserve their family history by sharing photographs, artifacts and documents.

During the first history harvest, which will take place Saturday at the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church on Johns Island, the focus will be on collecting obituaries, funeral programs and oral histories through interviews. The event is in partnership with Bethlehem St. James United Methodist Church, also on Johns Island.

By sharing historical family information, residents can preserve their own family histories and enable other community members to search for their family, descendants and community, according to the IAAM.

The family history collection will also help Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church maintain its own history, while providing helpful genealogical research for the new IAAM Family History Center.

IAAM will scan the family documents and return the original copies as well as the copies saved on a USB key. Participants submitting objects or documents are requested to bring their own disk of 32 GB or more. Each person can contribute up to 10 family obituaries or funeral programs.

The inaugural historic harvest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 29 at the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church, located at 2915 Bohicket Road. Anyone interested in attending should pre-register at Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church or complete an online registration form here.

Masks are mandatory to attend the event.

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