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Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL 60605-2827)
Neal Matherne (Project Director: May 2016 to July 2018)
Homeland Memories: From the Philippines to Chicago

Three digitization and preservation events, held at the Field Museum, on heritage collections care and the preservation of language, cultural practices, and family traditions for the Filipina/o community in and around Chicago. The applicant, in partnership with the Chicagoland Filipina/o community, would digitize heritage items such as photographs, clothing, documents, as well as stories documenting Filipina/o diasporic history in the Chicago area from the mid to the late 20th century. Each event would feature local and national experts to discuss themes centering on the Filipina/o American experience. The final event would present a preview of the project’s contributions to the Digital Heritage Portal and feature a roundtable discussion by historians and anthropologists to further discuss the connections between identity, conservation, and memory.

In the next phase of Field Museum of Natural History's Digital CoCuration Initiative, the Chicagoland Filipina/o community is invited to preserve and share heritage items via the Museum's Digital Heritage Portal (online research collection). This co-preservation project is a part of our ongoing association with Chicago Filipina/o Americans who wish to preserve homeland culture as well as promote intergenerational dialogue and local history in the diaspora. Since 2015, members of the local Filipina/o community have joined us in cocurating our Philippine Heritage Collection of over 10,000 items from the early 20th century. In this next phase of cocuration, Chicagoland Filipinas/os will have the opportunity to share their heritage by bringing homeland objects for digital camera rendering, documents for scanning, and stories and performances for recording.  Three events are scheduled for these activities during March, July, and November 2017.

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Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology

Common Heritage

Preservation and Access

$11,987 (approved)
$10,691 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018