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Bringing History To Life: Documenting Artifacts

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


In a four-part presentation, researcher John Emond illustrates the importance of documenting artifacts so their history is preserved—not lost. The presentation shows how well-documented objects/artifacts help us to find and understand the broader historical context of when these objects were in use.
  • History Lost:  Interesting items with tantalizing aspects showing age, but their stories are gone forever because of missing details.
  • History Preserved:  Artifacts where details are well-documented, thus helping to provide the broader historical context.
  • National Archives as a Repository of History:  How historical information held at the National Archives weaves our shared stories together.
  • Oral History:  Compelling personal oral story examples provide first-hand accounts of moments in history—what are your family’s?


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