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Stories from the South: Archiving Your Family History

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Engage in a conversation on the importance of preserving family history & learn practical tips on how to set up your own personal archive .

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Your family history is important but sometimes the process of preserving your family’s stories can be daunting. Join a workshop centered on practical tips on how to start your own personal archive. Whether you are interested in learning how to preserve family photographs, letters, newspapers, audiovisual recordings, mementos, or simply don’t know where to even begin, preserving your family memories is an invaluable resource for future generations to come. RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve your spot.

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Ayshea Khan is the Asian Pacific American Community Archivist at the Austin History Center, the historic division of the Austin Public Library. She works to collect, preserve, and promote access to the history of Asian Americans living in Central Texas through collaboration with longtime APA community members and organizations. She is a Certified Archivist with a MSIS from UT-Austin’s School of Information and a B.S. in Cinema & Photography from Ithaca College. She has a passion for community-based archives and memory work and is a proud member of the South Asian American Digital Archive Board of Directors.

Samip Mallick is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive. He was formerly the Director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information (RCDI) at the University of Chicago Library. He has a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and has done graduate work in History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. He was also previously the Assistant Bibliographer for the Southern Asia Collection at the University of Chicago Library and has worked for the South Asia and International Migration Programs at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

Dr. Sam Vong is a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. As a public historian who works in a museum, Sam develops exhibitions, public programs, and collects museum artifacts to tell complex stories of America's past. He focuses in particular on the histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and his goal is to build greater visibility and presence for APA communities at the museum. Before working at the Smithsonian, Sam was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught courses on international refugee movements and undergraduate surveys on Asian American history.

Alan Garcia is a community archivist and lifelong Austinite. In 2016 he founded the ATX Barrio Archive, a community archiving project via Instagram celebrating the culture and history of Austin’s Black and Brown neighborhoods. His work has been featured at the Fusebox Festival and Lone Star Zine Fest. In 2020, the Texas Digital Library honored Garcia with a Student Excellence Award for his community archiving work in response to the ongoing gentrification of historic communities in East Austin. He is a staff member at the George Washington Carver Museum and Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, both operated by the City of Austin’s Museums and Cultural Programs Division.

Tiffany Diane Tso is a freelance journalist and producer based in Brooklyn, by way of Texas. Her work covers topics surrounding identity, culture, advocacy, and policy and has been published in print and online by platforms including HuffPost, Refinery29, PAPER, Rewire News Group, and more. She is also a cofounder and leader of the Asian American Feminist Collective, which creates spaces for political education and identity exploration.

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. For assistance please contact (512) 974-3914 or Relay Texas 7-1-1.

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