African American Heritage in the Ozarks: Southwest Missouri Digitization Event

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

George Washington Carver National Monument
Visitor Center
5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840

Presented in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service, join us at George Washington Carver National Monument for a free digitization event focused on African American heritage in the Ozarks! Residents of Newton, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Barry, Barton, and Dade counties, as well as points throughout the southwestern Ozarks, are invited. The event is free, but registration is required.

Hosted by the SHSMO Springfield Research Center, archivists will be available to digitize photographs, letters, pamphlets, postcards, and other materials that speak to African American heritage in the region. Attendees will also have the opportunity to record an interview with an oral historian about their items, community history, and genealogy.

Participants will be advised on the best practices for protecting their materials and offered the opportunity to digitize and preserve them as part of the larger “African American Heritage in the Ozarks Project.”

Funded by an American Rescue Plan grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities and Missouri Humanities, this project aims to gather and organize an ample collection of primary and secondary sources related to African American life, provide public programming in multiple communities in the Ozarks, develop physical and digital exhibits, and preserve the voices and memories related to traditions, genealogy, and firsthand accounts of the people who have lived in the region.

If you have questions about what materials to bring or about the digitization process, contact us at (417) 836-3782 or

Note: masking is required at Carver National Monument when Newton County is reporting high community levels of covid-19. Check Newton County's level of covid-19 transmission on the CDC's website.


Registration Form