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Call for Contributions to Mill Village Web Site

Two additional “memory gathering” events have been finalized as part of the effort by UNCG museum studies graduate students to collect and preserve memories of life in Greensboro’s Cone mill villages. The upcoming “memory gathering” events will be held:
•        Monday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., East White Oak Recreation Center, 1801 10th St.
•        Sunday, April 11, 2:30-5 p.m., Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave.

Community participants are encouraged to bring pictures and stories of their experience in the mill villages. No computer experience is necessary. Earlier “memory gathering” events were held at Triad Stage, American Legion Post 386 and First Friends Meeting.

Ten students are working on a project intended to preserve memories of village life and invite reflection about the villages’ legacies. Their chosen tool is an online interactive exhibit, “Community Threads: Remembering the Cone Mill Villages,” found at http://conemillvillages.weebly.com. The site encourages visitors to become neighbors once again in an online community of old friends and new acquaintances.

Students in Dr. Benjamin Filene’s museum studies seminar have already recorded 20 interviews with former residents to be archived at the Greensboro Historical Museum, UNCG University Archives and the Textile Heritage Center in Cooleemee. Combining new contributions from former mill villagers with the interviews will help stitch together memories of the past online.

“I always tell my students that everybody has a story to tell,” said Filene, UNCG’s director of public history. “This project is an experiment to see how the web can help bring those stories together and lead to some new perspectives about Greensboro’s history.”

Student Katie Bates said, “I’m excited about this project because it uses community participation and the stories of ordinary people to connect us to the past. The web eliminates boundaries and allows us to link people from different generations and different places.”

For more information, contact Filene at 4-5645 or bpfilene@uncg.edu.