Your stories and photos will help us build up the wealth of stories about our island’s African American heritage. “In addition to restoring the historic Harrington schoolhouse, we hope we can record the history of the families who lived in the community around the schoolhouse, in Jewtown, and South End,” said Patty Deveau President of the Friends of Harrington School.
Save and Share Days 2012 Dates Coming Soon!
Volunteers with the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition and the Friends of Harrington School will be on hand to record your anecdotes or stories and make digital copies of your old photos.
Let’s not wait another day call us today
How You can prepare for the meeting:
- Start with what you know.
- Write down your history—birthdate, family names, where your family lived, where you attended school, where your parents worked, where you worked, where you traveled, what you did for holidays or celebrations, etc.
- Gather old photos and identify the places, dates, and persons in the photos.
- Copy family documents – school diplomas, draft cards, old newspaper clippings.
- Start drafting a family genealogy chart.
- Start jotting down in a notebook the things your elders tell you. Oral history is a tremendous heritage, but requires a tape recorder and good memory to recall what you have been told. Written notes and documents are easier to share and quicker to capture all the wonderful things your elders are trying to share with you.
- Engage the younger generation in conversations with your elders – they want their grand children know and children ask a lot of good questions.
- Gather together your siblings, or your elders’ friends, to reminisce together.