Community and Cultural Memory

NC Community and Cultural Memory Projects: Examples


Memory Projects: Examples

1947 Partition Archive

Asians in Africa – presents the history of South Asians in East Africa.

Chinese Canadian Stories

Chinese in/from Latin America (dated – needs revision)

The Museum of Karen History and Culture

The Indo Project

The Indo Project is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and celebration of Indo culture and history through education and raising public awareness.  People of mixed European and Indonesian ancestry, in particular, those of Dutch and Indonesian ancestry are called Indos, Dutch-Indonesians, or Indo-Europeans. Their origins date back over 350 years to the Spice Islands of the Indonesian archipelago.

Discover Nikkei

A Voice 2 History

Korean American examples:;

Stories of Cloth

Memories of Migration – a three-year, library-based community memory program funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to build community connections and cultural heritage collections through documenting the stories of migration in America.  A multi-state effort led by the Santa Ana Public Library in partnership with History Pin.  See also:

Making the Mosaic: Multiculturalism in Canada (1820-2004)

Multicultural Canada

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today

Migrant’s Emigration Stories: Experiences of Moving to New Zealand

Mission Voices – a collaborative online project between the Koorie Heritage Trust, State Library of Victoria and the ABC. This website shares the many stories and voices of Koorie people from Aboriginal mission stations and reserves in Victoria.

Immigrant Archive Project

The Immigrant Experience (The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.)

Moving Here: 200 Years of Migration in England

Belonging: Voices of London’s Refugees

Refugee Communities History Project

Digital Archive of Cambodia Holocaust Survivors: Survivor Stories

Iraqui Refugee Stories

Safe Haven Museum and Education Center

  • dedicated to keeping alive the stories of the 982 refugees from World War II who were allowed into the United States as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These refugees were housed at Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York, from August 1944 until February 1946.

SAADA (South Asian American Digital Archive)


Other forms of capturing culture and memory (selected examples)


Web Portals/Communities: Examples


Digital Libraries

Digital Public Library of America



Goodnow, Katherine; Lohman, Jack; and Marfleet, Philip.  Museums, The Media and Refugees: Stories of Crisis, Control and Compassion  (Museums and Diversity Series, v. 3).  Brooklyn: Berghahn Books, Spring 2008.

Hanne-Lovise Skartveit and Katherine Goodnow (editors).  Changes in Museum Practice: New Media, Refugees and Participation (Museums and Diversity Series, v. 5).  Brooklyn: Berghahn Books, February 2010.

Sánchez Laws, Ana Luisa.  Panamanian Museums and Historical Memory (Museums and Diversity Series, v. 6).  Brooklyn: Berghahn Books, May 2011.