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A People's History of Harlem - Our Opening Celebration!


May 10, 2014

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Please join us to celebrate the beginning our Harlem neighborhood oral history project:  A People's History of Harlem!

  • Guest speakers from The Columbia Center for Oral History and The Apollo Theater Oral History Project
  • Watch a 16mm film featuring Harlem in the 1960s...from The New York Public Library's Reserve Film and Video Collection!
  • Music from local musicians John Satchmo Mannan and Henry Harp Blaukopf
  • Listen to some of the over 20 oral histories collected so far + get an overview of the project website (built by NYPL Labs)!
  • Meet new friends and neighbors

If you have a story of Harlem life or work to share or you're interested in being an interviewer for this project, please join us and find out how you can get involved!

Please RSVP to or call 212-666-9393. 

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About A People's History of Harlem at 115th Street Library:

This is a neighborhood oral history project that works to both preserve and document Harlem history through the stories of people who have experienced it.  This project will collect oral histories of people who have lived or worked in the surrounding Harlem neighborhood and train community members to conduct these interviews.  Interviews will be collected up until mid-September.  Both longtime and more recent residents are invited to share their neighborhood stories, documenting Harlem’s past and present history.  Interviews will be available in a public archive and on the New York Public Library website. 

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