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Part 2: Planting seeds of discovery reaps ... something to be continued

A note from our Project Director


In our last newsletter, I unveiled some of our plans for phase 2 of Chronicling Resistance, a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. We were also awaiting word on major funding for those plans from our discovery phase funder, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Unfortunately, the news is not what we had hoped.

We are deeply, deeply disappointed that we can't yet harvest the seeds planted in the discovery phase. We know it is past time for traditionally marginalized communities to have agency in and more control over the preservation and telling of their history. We also believe in the necessity and urgency of
lifting up unheard voices and untold stories and reaching audiences historically alienated from special collections. We're now looking again for funders and donors who share these ideals.

Until we find them, we're open to ideas for how to continue the project and, more importantly, the relationships we began building with activists, organizers, artists, storytellers, community historians, archivists outside the academy, and others who presented at or attended our listening sessions, advised us, and/or gave us insights that reshaped how we see Chronicling Resistance. Are there small projects you want to work on that dovetail with the vision we previously outlined? Are there people, places, or items we should add to the project's next phase? Is there a completely different direction we hadn't considered? Please reply to this email to let me know.

Thanks for your support and patience during this present challenge.


 --Mariam Williams, Project Director

Chronicling Resistance and Partner/Affiliate/Community Happenings


Chronicling Resistance at Design in the Archives 

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street.

FREE! But registration suggested

You and the entire family are invited to Design in the Archives, an event where you can explore the archives of more than 20 local collections with pop-up exhibitions, interactive games, free prizes, lectures, and programs! 

Visit the Chronicling Resistance table for “Resistance by Design” and see logos, posters, and other printed material with implied or explicit messages of resistance from the 19th through 21st centuries, then come to the Heim Center for “Design in Dialogue.” The way images and words are positioned on a page sends a message. Chronicling Resistance dug out some historic photos and posters; tell us what they say to you, and show us how you’d design your own resistance poster -- no artistic skills required!

Design in the Archives closes out Archives Month Philly. See below for more info.

Archives Month Philly

October is American Archives Month, and Philly celebrates annually with its own array of tours, workshops, exhibits and lectures that raise public awareness about the value of historical records and collections. Something exciting happens almost every day! See the full calendar of events.
"The Most Revolutionary: LGBTQ Politics and the Radical Left: 1969-1999"

Open now - December 27, 2019
William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce Street - Philadelphia 

A half century ago the modern LGBTQ movement was born out of the flames of the Stonewall Uprising. In the years that immediately followed, a vibrant, diverse and explicitly radical Queer Liberation movement emerged across the United States. This exhibit tells the hidden history of LGBTQ politics and the radical left in the three decades following Stonewall, and seeks to shine a spotlight on the anarchists, rabble-rousers, reds and revolutionaries who demanded more than just their rights; they demanded a world without oppression and exploitation.


New Exhibits at University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press Explore Politically Charged Art, Poetry, and Books

Newark, DE
Open now through December
See links for details

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. She enjoyed a prolific career spanning more than seven decades. Her politically charged works blend art and social consciousness, confronting disturbing injustices. On view in Mechanical Hall Gallery through Dec. 6.

Beat Visions and the Counterculture explores the ideas and imagery of the Beat Generation and its influence on 1960s counterculture and beyond. Starting in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Beat movement prized authenticity, spontaneity, spirituality, and, above all, experience. Although not overtly political, the Beats challenged social norms and consistently provoked authority, pushing boundaries in both their lives and their art. On view now through Dec. 6.


While you're at University of Delaware, be sure to visit Special Collections for Flowers of Freedom: Books and Literature from the Post-Emancipation Generation, highlighting the remarkable literary achievements of formerly enslaved men and women, as well as writers from the first generation of freeborn African Americans post-emancipation. The exhibition includes work by Charles Chesnutt, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Booker T. Washington and others and is a testament to the many ways in which these authors were connected through their scholarship, writing and publishing activities.  "Flowers of Freedom" will be on view in the Lincoln Exhibit case through December 19.

Attention Racial Justice Organizations: PA Abolition Society's Grant Cycle is Open!

Pennsylvania Abolition Society awards grants between $500-$2,000 to 501(c)(3) organizations and programs that work to improve conditions of African Americans throughout Pennsylvania. Nonprofits that focus on racial justice or dismantling anti-blackness are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 10, 2020. See grant requirements here.
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