Is the anniversary of your Local Lodge or a significant event in its history coming up? Have you ever wanted to research your Local Lodge’s history and share that history with the membership or your local community? Do you want to learn how to better care for your Local Lodge’s historical records?
The Local Lodge History Project will be held October 13-18, 2019, and offers membership the unique opportunity to discover the history of their Locals. The program provides instruction on organizing a project, conducting oral history interviews, and managing and preserving Local Lodge records. Past participants have created exhibits, presentations, oral histories, walking tours, and creative works such as poems and songs. All participants gain a better understanding of their Local Lodge’s role in the broader labor movement and how to share their stories with membership and their local community.
For this program, Local Lodges choose one active member and two retired members to attend and work together on a project that illustrates a historical aspect of their Lodge.
“The history of each Local is essential in telling the story of our union,” said International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The Local Lodge History Project provides the skills needed to preserve and share this history.”
Local Lodges interested in participating are advised to complete and return the forms as soon as possible. The deadline to register is September 6, 2019. Because it is a staff program, participants have to be enrolled by their General Vice President. Questions regarding the Local Lodge History Project should be directed to Education Resources Representative Traci Drummond at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 301-373-3300.