Help Arlington Public Library Document History With New Juneteenth Project
By Arlington Public Library
Posted on September 29, 2020, September 29, 2020

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The Arlington Public Library is launching a community archive project to document past Juneteenth celebrations in the City of Arlington and surrounding cities.

“The goal of this project is to make sure Arlington’s rich Black history is not lost, and that it is well-documented and preserved,” stated project lead Mark Dellenbaugh, Genealogy and Local History Librarian.

The Library is asking Arlington residents to bring in photos, letters, and other items related to the celebration of Juneteenth for scanning or to be photographed for the collection. The Library has scheduled three “History Harvest” Saturdays, Nov. 14, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. However, citizens can bring items to the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library’s Genealogy and Local History room before or after those events to have them documented. Please call the Genealogy and Local History department to schedule at time to bring in your items at 817-459-9795.

Documenting Juneteenth celebrations is the stated focus, but we welcome any items that help us better preserve and tell the story of Arlington’s Black history.
The library is working in partnership with the Fielder House Museum, the Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds Corporation and the Arlington Genealogy Society. The Library continues to reach out to other community partners. If your group or organization wishes to participate by helping with outreach or volunteering at one of the harvests, please contact Mark Dellenbaugh by e-mail at  Mark.Dellenbaugh@arlingtontx.gov. Interested individuals may also help at the history harvests.

There will be a presentation and celebration of the project on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Community members will be able to view the complete digital collection in the virtual gallery on the Arlington Public Library website www.arlingtonlibrary.org.

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