Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 3 pm
Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road,, Winchester, MA
Questions? Contact the Winchester Archives, firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message at 781-721-7146.
What to Bring: 2-3 unframed photographs or 2-3 images on a CD, flash drive, or cell phone. We will scan the photos and help you record your memories. Everything will be added to the digital collection at openarchives.umb.edu and available through WinCam, the Town Archives, and Library.
The Mass. Memories Road Show is produced by the University Archives and Special Collections Department in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston and is co-sponsored by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund.
Documenting Winchester history through moments from ordinary life
Article by Mariya Manzhos for Winchester Wicked Local.
While uncovering and documenting Winchester’s history typically lies on the shoulders of historians and archivists, in a little over a week all Winchester residents will get a chance become participants in creating the town’s history.
The public history project of UMass Boston called the Mass. Memories Road Show is coming to Winchester on Saturday, Oct. 20 to collect photographs and stories from the community to then be entered into a digital archive of more than 6,000 photos and stories from across the state. In the database available online, photos of people and landscapes give a glimpse into thousands of private lives. There is a young girl dressed in her band uniform holding a trumpet, a seniors’ “skip day,” a family of immigrants visiting Boston for the first time.
For the Winchester Mass. Memories Road Show event at the Jenks Center on Oct. 21, visitors are invited to bring three photos — they can be on their iPhones, thumb drives or in the form of hard copies. There are no specific requirements for the photos: they can be photos from a prom or En Ka fair, happenings around Winchester, or just moments from everyday life that don’t have Winchester as the backdrop. Regardless of the setting, each resident’s life represents a slice of Winchester’s history.
The physical photos will be scanned and the volunteers will jot down a brief description of what’s in the photo to then enter it into in a digital archive. Visitors will also be able to record their stories on audio. READ MORE.