Brooklyn Museum and Smithsonian Announce Save Our African American Treasures

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Brooklyn Museum will co-host a daylong program to help New York-area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in their attics, closets and basements. The event will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

The program will take place Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Brooklyn Museum’s Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Free and open to the public, the event is called “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation.” It is the 12th in a series held across the country since 2008. All are welcome.

Participants are invited to bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine items’ monetary values. Objects such as books, photographs, ceramics, metalwork and textiles no larger than a shopping bag (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded) can be reviewed. Additional information is available at nmaahc.si.edu or by emailing [email protected] or calling (877) 733-9599.

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