Lexington Historical Society has a very clear mission: to be a premier interpreter of the events of April 1775, and the faithful steward of all of the town's history through time. Working with events surrounding April 1775 has always, understandably, been very important to us and our mission. However, particularly in recent years, we have made a conscious effort to better uphold the latter part of our mission statement.
We are endeavoring to focus on areas of Lexington history that are more recent, more diverse, and less prominent, and we have been making this a priority going forward. For example:
In continuation of these efforts, this past Saturday, February 8, Lexington Historical Society had the honor of partnering with Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) to co-sponsor an event during Black History Month: “The Black History Project of Lexington.” The goal of this program was to endeavor to better document the history of the black experience in town by inviting individuals to stop by and tell us their stories. We requested that participants either be willing to take part in an oral history interview and/or donate (or allow us to scan) some of their photographs and documents. We described the event as an opportunity to “help historians build a clear and complete picture of Lexington’s multiracial history.”
Though it is not yet open for researchers, this was the first collections related event to officially take place at our brand new Archives and Research Center (ARC), and we were thrilled to be able to use the space publicly for the first time in such a meaningful and important way. We plan for this to be the inaugural event for a further initiative and partnership with ABCL. Also, stay tuned for details on the ARC's official opening later this spring!
-Elizabeth Mubarek, Archives Manager
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