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A New Place for Local History
April 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
That little room filled with dusty old books, unidentified photographs, and never-built city plans is not as boring as you think! Learn how to use your local history collections to tell new stories, offer creative programs, and take the lead as your library’s local history enthusiast while sharing authority with community members! Encourage a new generation of history fans to explore your community’s past with ideas bold for civic engagement, walking tours, participatory research workshops, and oral history programs.
About the Presenter:
Ben Himmelfarb is a Librarian at White Plains Public Library who specializes in local history programming and adult services. Through participatory roundtable events, an oral history project, and a focus on community partnerships, Ben has reinvigorated the library’s local history program and created a platform for people to develop new narratives about White Plains. He was recognized as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2016. In addition to his work in libraries and public history, Ben writes, plays music, and hikes in the woods.