Oral History Workshop...Saving our history

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Saving our history

An Oral History Workshop will be hosted by the African-American Genealogy Group of KY (AAGGKY) on Saturday, August 18 from 1:00-4:00 at the Mercer County Public Library 109 West Lexington Street, Harrodsburg.  The workshop will be conducted by Sarah Milligan of the Kentucky Oral History Commission.  She will focus on techniques and equipment used to capture the memories of our aging generations.
Sarah Milligan is the administrator for the Kentucky Oral History Commission.  She has a master's degree in folk studies from Western Kentucky University's Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology and worked as a folklore specialist for the Kentucky Folklore Program. As administrator for KOHC, Milligan assists with a statewide oral history preservation effort encouraging new and exciting oral history documentation in Kentucky.  Currently she advises the James Harrod Trust initiative, documenting African American life in Harrodsburg/Mercer County.
Sharyn Mitchell, co-founder of the AAGGKY recently stated,   “Our stories are often hidden in un-indexed volumes, stored forgotten on dusty shelves and omitted from the traditional history books of our country. With every passing minute we are losing our histories to death, memory loss, and record destruction.  The  African-American Genealogy Group is attempting to minimize this loss…to save our history and pass it on.”
The AAGGKY is a non-profit organization, member orientated group,  seeking  to promote African American genealogical research and the values of family, fellowship, and education.  These are principles which bind us together. Of one blood, God made all nations of men.
For more information contact:  aaggky@yahoo.com or (502) 422-4457 or visit us on our website at aaggky.org