Queens Memory Project to collect memories from Forest Hills residents

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queensmemoryprojectResidents of Queens can now take part in a project that aims to preserve their most cherished memories. In partnership with the Queens College Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives, the Queens Library is hoping to record the histories of various people from the diverse borough.

So far, the Queens Memory Project has collected around 300 oral histories from Queens residents as well as gathered more than 1,800 images and audio recordings.

Residents of all ethnicities and backgrounds will be able to document their lives while living in the borough through historical and contemporary photography, maps, news clippings and interviews. The library will be hosting events around Queens where residents can bring their item and then have it scanned by organizers who will add it to the database. The memory project will also add the scans to the Digital Public Library of America.

The Queens Library at Forest Hills, located at 108-19 71st Avenue, will host two Queens Memory Project events. The first will take place on Monday, October 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The next event will occur on Saturday, October 31 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. To increase outreach from the local Filipino community, the event will also be held in conjunction with My Baryo, My Borough.

Those who have a scanner at home can actually upload images onto the website.

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