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Traveling Talismans

Straight from the First Person Museum online gallery, this week’s featured story comes to us from Adam from Philly. I first met Adam at the First Person Museum table at Outfest this past October organized by Philly Pride Presents, Inc. Adam traded his story “Talismans” about his 19th century portraits of his maternal ancestors for one of our First Person Museum tote bags! Now his 19th century portraits are taking on the new age at firstpersonmuseum.org where they are on display to a world-wide audience. Check out Adam’s story below.

Theme: Generation to Generation
Object Type: From Long Ago

These are 19th century portraits of some of my maternal ancestors. They symbolize the journey of this family of French, French Huguenot, Spanish, and West African ancestry from then St. Domingue (Haiti) through Louisiana and South Carolina, onward to Philadelphia. They enshrine old family values around culture, leadership, heritage, and dignity. They empower me on a daily basis.

Read Adam’s official entry.

Inspired by the heritage theme? Put down on paper your family baggage, write out your blood lines and join popular First Person Arts StorySlam host and guest storyteller, Katonya Mosley this spring for our upcoming storytelling workshop, TELL IT! Heritage.

This class will focus on how socio-cultural identities frame and weave stories and will include guided explorations of each participant’s unique cultural identity. Participants will use what they discover, however common or controversial, to shape and flesh out their own stories. Click here for more information or to register for this storytelling workshop today.

Visit firstpersonmuseum.org to read through stories by other Museum contributors or upload your own story about an object that is meaningful to you.

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