Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host the Black Family Expo at the Pankey Community Center, 13700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will serve as an opportunity for families to share their history, promote togetherness, and to recognize the value of the preservation of Central Arkansas’s Black history. Participants will get to experience the history of other Central Arkansas families while also learning how to preserve their own family’s story. The event is free and open to the public, but some activities require registration.


There will be an opportunity for ten families to serve as exhibitors with their family memorabilia, such as photos, artifacts, and documents. Attendees will be able view these items and hear the families share their stories. Library card signups and a children’s activity area will also be available.


CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies will bring resources from CALS Roberts Library, including the Mobile Memory Lab, tutorials on oral history kits, and other services they can take advantage of at the library. Families may register for a 30-minute time slot during the event to use the Mobile Memory Lab. Staff will assist participants with digitizing up to five items (family documents, photographs, and slides) at the Mobile Memory Lab station. One flash drive will be provided to each family with the scanned items. We will have six 30-minute slots available.


To reserve one of the ten tables to display your family memorabilia, or to reserve one of the six slots at the Mobile Memory Lab, please call community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh at 501.320.5726. Exhibitor space and the Mobile Memory Lab are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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