P01 PROFESSIONAL POSTER: Taking Archives to the Cemetery: Two Mississippi Archives Reach Local Youth by Raising the Dead

Aug 25, 2011
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Event Location: Grand Foyer


Mona K. Vance, MA
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library

Jennifer D Rose
Public History Coordinator
Sunflower County Library System


Learn about two cities in Mississippi in which the archives have partnered with local schools not only to engage students, but also to showcase the vitality of local records with the community. “Tales from the Crypt” (launched in 1991) assigns high school juniors the task of researching individuals buried in a Columbus graveyard. With only a list of names, the students use the primary and secondary sources available at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Local History Room and create a vignette on their individual for a performance in the cemetery. Inspired by the initiative, Jennifer Rose, archivist at the Sunflower County Library System, began “Headstone Stories” in 2010 and successfully incorporated a similar program into her community.


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