J Max Bond Home Movie

This Exchange explores the importance of film preservation and providing the public with access to lesser-known visual material by highlighting the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s (NMAAHC) groundbreaking media preservation initiative that launched in September 2016—The Great Migration.

The Great Migration is a unique and free digitization service program offered by NMAAHC that invites members of the public to schedule an appointment with the Museum’s audiovisual conservation team and have their media digitized for free in the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center. Over the past two years, people have brought in more than 80 films and videos, which have been digitized and included in a study collection. 

Members of the Museum’s Media Conservation and Digitization team will invite past initiative participants to discuss their experiences and screen samples from the movies they had digitized. Additionally, team members will discuss filmmakers’ opportunities to access some of this unique footage, and they will show examples of work that comes out of initiatives like the Great Migration Home Movie Digitization Project.

Presenters: Ina Archer and Blake McDowell

This is a free event. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.