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About the Mass. Memories Road Show Project

The Mass. Memories Road Show (MMRS) at UMass Boston is an event-based public history project that digitizes family photos and memories shared by the people of Massachusetts. We do this by working with local communities to organize free public events where residents are invited to bring up to three family photos to be scanned and included in the MMRS digital archive. Contributors can also share “the story behind the photos” on video, have their own “keepsake photo” taken, and receive advice from professional archivists and historians on dating and caring for their family photos.

The MMRS is not just about documenting history, however. An equally important goal of the project is to bring together local residents of all ages, races and backgrounds in lively and carefully orchestrated public events that validate and celebrate each person’s family history and contribution to the community—whether they have lived there for generations or are recently arrived. We hope that both the event and the digital archive will help build and strengthen connections within the community.

The goal of the MMRS is to visit all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts holding public events to digitize family photos and memories. To date, the project has digitized nearly 8,000 photographs and stories from across the state, creating an educational resource of primary sources for future generations.

The MMRS is based in the University Archives & Special Collections Department at the Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass Boston.

Learn more on the Open Archives News site here.

For a detailed introduction, please consult The Mass. Memories Road Show Project Handbook: A Planning Guide for Local Communities


For questions, feedback or further information about the Mass.Memories Road Show, please contact Carolyn Goldstein (carolyn.goldstein@umb.edu), 617-287-5929.

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