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Capturing Deaf Heritage Day scheduled for October 28, 2016

Capturing Deaf Heritage Day scheduled for October 28, 2016

Capturing Deaf Heritage Day

On Friday, October 28, 2016, in conjunction with Homecoming, Gallaudet University is hosting a “Capturing Deaf Heritage” day that combines the opportunity to digitize your historic images and documents while learning about methods of preservation.  This free event is hosted by the Center for Deaf Documentary Studies (CDDS) in collaboration with Gallaudet University Archives and the Office of Alumni Relations.  Bring in up to 15 photographs or documents and have them scanned and handed back to you on a free USB drive.  Presentation topics will include the care and use of photographs, films, and objects as well as the cultural importance of personal collections. The CDDS was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (PY-234457-16) from the Common Heritage Program to support the presentations and documentation efforts of this first-of-its-kind Capturing Deaf Heritage event. Click here to access the schedule and FAQ.

How does Capturing Deaf Heritage day work?

In addition to sessions on preservation of images/documents, films, objects and written stories, the day will include on-site scanning services.  Bring in non-copyright photographs, significant letters or documents you wish to have digitized.  Small objects of no larger than 14 inches may also be photographed.  Staff from Gallaudet University Archives will work with you to scan the images and produce a data sheet.  They will give you back your original images, the data sheet(s), and a free flash drive (USB stick) with a digital copy of each image.   Important note: The Archives team will make every effort to digitize materials, but in order to serve everyone fairly, may need to cap image scanning to no more than 15 items per person.  Please review and select your photos or documents ahead of time.

Will the Archives keep a copy?  No. The Archives will not copy the image unless you give permission by signing a donation form.

If I wish to donate to the Archives, do they accept donations?  Yes.  If you want to donate photographs, film footage, or other documents related to deaf life, Gallaudet University Archives is always interested in collecting primary source material.  They do not need to relate to Gallaudet University. 

Capturing Deaf Heritage Day Schedule:

Friday, October 28, 2016- Jordan Student Academic Center, MPR

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Photo Scanning Stations Open

Student Hosts: Joey Aguilera, Natalee Franck


10 a.m.   Digital Capture: Cultural Heritage Preservation

                             Greetings from CDDS Director: Brian Greenwald, Ph.D.

                             Archives Welcome and Preservation 101: Michael Olson

 10:30 a.m.   Stories from the Vault: Individual Collections are Important

                             William Ennis, Ph.D

                             Roberta J. Cordano, J.D.

                             Maggie Kopp

                             Kati Morton Mitchell

11:30 a..m.  Film: Capturing, Storing and Restoring

                             Janie Golightly

                            Storm Smith

Noon        Objects: Collecting, Preserving, Interpreting and Display

                             Meredith Peruzzi

                             Drew Robarge

1 p.m.      Writing Deaf Stories: Personal Memoirs and Manuscript Discovery

                             Kristen Harmon, PhD

                             Darlene Prickett, MFA

                             Octavian Robinson, PhD., College of the Holy Cross

                             Madan Vasishta, PhD

2 p.m.      Lights, Camera, Access! Are there better ways to film sign?

                             Melissa Malzkuhn

                             Zilvinas Paludnevicius

 3 p.m.      Sustaining ASL Collections: What’s annotation and why does it matter?

                             Julie A. Hochgesang, PhD

Capturing Deaf Heritage Day is a collaboration of the Center for Deaf Documentary Studies and Gallaudet University Archives with assistance from the Office of Gallaudet Alumni Relations.  This day is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: Note: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For accommodation requests, please email no later than October 20 at noon.

Related Document:
Capturing Deaf Heritage Day Schedule

Posted by Phil Dignan | Posted October 18, 2016 at 7:01 AM


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