UT Tyler looking for volunteers to document, promote local history


The University of Texas at Tyler is looking to empower local history buffs.

The Voices from Small Places project of the Center for Social Science Research at The University of Texas at Tyler will present three, day-long workshops to train participants to document small communities.

The first workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

These workshops will combine four methods to identify, document and preserve the history of small communities of fewer than 100 people.

The history of these small places is then made available for the public, keeping these communities alive for future generations and contributing to the larger understanding of our own heritage. Each workshop will explain how participants can use the Voices from Small Places approach to create new community histories and make them available to the public.

Each workshop will include an overview of the Voices from Small Places project, followed by a discussion of the methods used, how they combine to create unique community histories, best practices and community relations needed to successfully conduct the project.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information on the Voices from Small Places project and these workshops, visit the project Facebook page. Call 903–566-7434 to register.

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