Conner Museum, South Texas Archives team up to preserve family heritage

John E. Conner Museum - 10/04/16 - 10/15/16

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

The John E. Conner Museum and the South Texas Archives, both located at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, have joined forces to provide a unique opportunity for the South Texas community. Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad  project will help preserve the Hispanic culture and heritage of the region in a series of events.

The community is invited to bring their family photos and heirlooms to the Conner Museum to have them scanned and digitized during the project’s next event. Community members may bring their items to the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Staff from the South Texas Archives will scan and digitize up to five photos per person while you wait. Participants will receive a high resolution digital copy of their photos on a thumb drive and a copy of the digital image will be preserved in the South Texas Archives and accessible to future researchers and genealogists.

A station also will be set up where people may bring family heirlooms. A digital photo will be taken of the heirloom and given on a thumb drive. All original photos and heirlooms will be returned to the family.

Staff from the South Texas Archives also will be recording brief oral histories of community and family. These also will be digitally preserved.

The final phase of Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad will be an exhibit at the Conner Museum including the newly documented heirlooms and photos. The exhibit will be in spring 2017.

Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad is sponsored by a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Program. All phases of the project are free and open to the public.

“Through Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad, we hope to encourage further documentation and preservation of family histories, heritage and culture in our Hispanic community,” said Jonathan Plant, director of the Conner Museum and director of the project. “We hope this project will inspire all families in South Texas to recognize the value and importance of preserving their own stories and family histories.”

For more information about Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad call 361-593-2849 or 361-593-2599.