The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will be in Atlanta Saturday to help people identify and preserve items of historic and cultural significance. The day-long program is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave., Atlanta.
Participants can bring three personal items. Objects that are no larger than a paper grocery sack can be examined. Furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded.
More than 150 people brought family objects to the first "Treasures" event in Chicago two years ago. Among them was Patricia Heaston of Chicago, who brought a white, sleeping-car porter's cap and a gold-colored pin with an image of an African American woman. She learned that the white porter's cap was rare because most were black or blue. It's owner tended to prominent travelers on a private train car. The image on the pin was Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919), the first African American female self-made millionaire.
This event is not meant to determine the monetary value of the items. The specialists are reviewers, not appraisers.
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There will be presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips. This is the sixth in a series of the museum's "Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation."
Call 877-733-9599 if you want to make a reservation.