Whitesburg KY

Family archive “Show & Tell” at Fleming-Neon Library June 29

Letcher County residents are invited to a presentation and family archive “Show & Tell” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. Those attending should bring a treasured item to share, enjoy some refreshments, and join a discussion about how family heritage materials contribute to the story of the community.

Participants will talk about ways to preserve personal and family collections: photographs, photo albums, paper items such as diaries, recipes, letters and postcards, heirloom objects, and even home movies and videotapes. Information will also be provided about a digitization event to be held at the 2017 Mountain Heritage Festival in September, when the public will be invited to bring photographs and other items for select archival scanning and documentation.

Presented by Appalshop Archive, the event will be the first of four meetings taking place this summer at Blackey, Jenkins and Whitesburg libraries.

The Fleming Neon Public Library is located in Neon, at 1049 Highway 317.

The next event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., July 10, at the Blackey Public Library in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the West Letcher Oral History Society. The library is located at 295 Main St. Loop in Blackey.

For more information, contact Caroline at caroline@appalshop.org or call 633-0108.

This project is made possible by a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports community events that help illuminate and preserve the rich history held in personal collections — the photo albums, home movies, and family heirlooms that together tell the story of the community.

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