Golden Valley Historical Society Offers Virtual Black History Month Event
The Golden Valley Historical Society received a grant to inventory their archives and, so far, they’ve found more than 100 items connected to Black History Month.
“We’re really digging in,” said Crystal Boyd, a collections curator contracted by the Golden Valley Historical Society. “We found a great record of a woman named Florence Allen. She worked as a music stenographer in 1919, and that’s so early. Both to hear about a Black family in Golden Valley and about a woman working in a paid position, so that’s an example of cool piece of evidence we’ve found through this project.”
Another tidbit is when President Barack Obama visited Honeywell in Golden Valley in 2012. The Golden Valley Historical Society has a ticket and other artifacts from that visit.
The project is supported by a $9,900 grant from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program and the Golden Valley Historical Society. A future program will share the project’s additional work on identifying Native American resources in the archives.
“This project will ultimately expand knowledge of the city’s history, improve public access to the archives, and honor the lived experiences of Black community members,” said Boyd in a press release.
You can learn more about the Black history that’s in the Golden Valley Historical Society’s archives at a virtual event Feb. 10. “It Happened in Golden Valley” is a presentation plus a question-and-answer session and the society’s first-ever program hosted virtually.
For details on the Golden Valley Historical Society and for instructions on how to join the virtual meeting, click here.