Tell Your Story in Dallas
Become a part of the Family History Archive!
For the third year, the Arab American National Museum is working with the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs to help families preserve their history at their annual conference. You can participate in the Family History Archive by recording an oral history while in Dallas this year.
Continue reading to learn more about the project and watch the compilation video from 2014.
To skip directly to registration: Oral History Appointment Form
Your memories will be professionally documented, cataloged, and made available as part of an online digital collection of family history on the museum’s website. View the full collection here: Family History Archive of Syrian and Lebanese Families in the American South.
Recording an Oral History
A limited number of video-recorded Oral History interview appointments will also be available during the convention. Interviews appointments are available on July 1-2 from 9-5 both days. Please sign up for Oral History interviews with at least two family members of any combination – husband and wife, parent and children, set of cousins, etc. Oral Histories can take on an interview style where one person interviews the other about family history (common with grandparent/grandchild groups) or can be more of a dialogue where two people ask questions of each other about their shared family history (common for husband/wife pairs). Here’s how it works:
- Register for an appointment through our Oral History Appointment Form or by contacting Ruth Ann Skaff, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read this list of interview tips and sample questions and brainstorm your own ideas.
- Review, print, and sign the Release Form.
Scanning Family Photos
No need to bring family photos or documents to the convention – simply send them to the Arab American National Museum, and our staff will scan them and send you back the originals as well as a high resolution digital version. Another copy will be stored at the AANM. If you have previously digitized your own family photographs and they are of sufficient quality, they can also be sent directly to the museum. If you are interested in either of these options, please contact Elyssa Bisoski, Curator of Collections at the Arab American National Museum, at (313) 624-0229 or email@example.com