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The International African American Museum (IAAM), in partnership with two Johns Island churches, will host Charleston’s first-ever History Harvest event to help people preserve family histories.

History Harvest is a digital archive of historical artifacts from communities across the United States, a project originally started by the University of Nebraska. The IAAM says the event offers a way for people in the community to preserve their family history by sharing photographs, objects and documents.

At the inaugural History Harvest, which will take place Saturday at the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church on Johns Island, the focus will be on collecting obituaries, funeral programs and oral histories through interviews. The event is in partnership with Bethlehem St. James United Methodist Church, also on Johns Island.

By sharing historical family information, locals can preserve their own family histories and allow others in the community to research their family, descendents and community, according to IAAM. 

The collection of family histories will also help the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church maintain its own history, along with providing helpful genealogical research for the new Center for Family History at IAAM.

IAAM will scan in family documents and return original copies as well as copies saved to a flash drive. Attendees submitting objects or documents are asked to bring their own 32 GB or higher drive. Each person can contribute up to 10 family obituaries or funeral programs. 

The inaugural History Harvest will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church, which is located at 2915 Bohicket Road. Anyone interested in attending should pre-register at the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church or fill out a registration form online here.

Masks are mandatory to attend the event.

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