Marion Woodfork-Simmons gave a terrific lecture at our third meeting this past Saturday, May 22. Marion has decided to write a book about the segregated black high school, Union High School, located in Caroline County, VA where one branch of her her ancestors migrated from. Her talk, entitled “Researching, Documenting & Preserving Local History” shared some of the things she has learned while undertaking this project. She provided tools, tips and resources on everything from selecting a topic, organizing your research, doing oral history interviews, analyzing the data and working with photographs and memorabilia. Her book will be a valuable contribution to local African-American history, and something we should all consider doing in some way–even if not a full-scale book, perhaps an article about a local black church or cemetery. Everyone at the meeting came away inspired, and it was a great meeting! The local paper recently ran a story about her efforts.
Marion recommending the “Pixl Fixl” website for affordable photo restoration services.