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The Red Rose Motorcycle Club

Family Pictures USA host, Thomas Allen Harris recently had the opportunity to do a version of our roadshow for the United Philanthropy Forum. Courtney Eshleman, from Media Impact Funders, took part in the audience photo share and connected with Thomas after the event. Courtney showed him some striking images of her grandparents in motor cycle outfits and she […]

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Claiming my Invisible Brownness

Family Pictures USA host, Thomas Allen Harris recently had the opportunity do a version of our roadshow for the United Philanthropy Forum. Robert Burnett, from the Maine Philanthropy Center, was one of the participants who joined him on stage. After the event, he agreed to write a short piece for our blog expanding on what […]

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Joseph C. Rosenbaum

Memoirs of a Father

By Philip Rosenbaum Joseph C. Rosenbaum Producing a five minute video about my father and how he survived the Holocaust was an experience I will forever cherish. The idea came to me on the first day of our two-day seminar, Re-Imagining the Family Album with Professor Thomas Allen Harris at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program. On that first day, […]

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Estero Bay Heroes

‘Heroic’ Bill and Pat Mellor were titled the “world’s earliest environmentalist” by Cynthia Williams, the daughter of a developer who nearly destroyed Estero Bay’s fragile ecosystem. View at Estero Bay from the Mellor family lot on the Bay (c.a.1960) Fort Myers is home to Estero Bay, a beautiful piece of paradise on the west coast […]

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Uncovering Family History at UNC-TV

Last July, I was invited to participate in the Family Pictures USA photo sharing event at my local PBS station, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina. Initially, I was bit hesitant to accept this invitation, as I felt as if I didn’t hold enough knowledge about my family history. I was also worried that I may […]

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Tip Tuesday: Prevention is the cure

Protect Your Photos before a Natural Disaster

Texas. Florida. Puerto Rico. California. Nebraska. There have been far too many recent examples of massive storms with massive casualties, including precious family photo collections. However, you don’t need a large-scale natural disaster to have water-damaged photos. Even a leaky pipe or an overflowing bathtub can wreak havoc on those images we hold so dear. […]

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Distinguished Detroiters

The Barthwell Family History Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans shared with us the many accomplishments of her family members despite the racial adversity they faced. Read her story below. Gladys and Sidney Barthwell with Akosua and Sid as children My family has always been a very important part of me. I was fortunate to grow up […]

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Tip Tuesday: Family Yearbook

Viewing Photos Sparks Joy

4 Ways to Enjoy Your Photos Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, admits that the process of sorting photos with her family was the project that brought her the most joy. She highly recommends viewing pictures together as a family to encourage story-telling. Even the expert of […]

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From the Audience Chair

Joanne Iwinski Miller gives you an inside look behind-the-scenes at WGCU Family Pictures USA Fort Myers event and taping was a smash hit with everyone that attended. Hi, My name is Joanne Iwinski Miller and am proud to be part of this new fabulous show that will air in August on PBS just by being […]

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Family Photos and the Spirit of Juneteenth

On June 19th we celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the end of slavery and official emancipation of all slaves across the U.S. Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, the news that they were a free people didn’t reach the 250,000 enslaved African-Americans in Texas until nearly three years later. Galveston, […]

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Pictures of Love: Celebrating Loving Day

On June 12th, we celebrate National Loving Day. Loving Day is an annual celebration that commemorates the 1967 Loving v Virginia Supreme Court Decision that struck down anti-miscegenation laws, making restrictions on interracial marriages illegal across the country. For this monumental moment in history, we can thank Mildred & Richard Loving. Mildred Jeter was a […]

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A Look Back in Time

My Halifax Family Story We traveled to the historic Rocky Mount Mills in North Carolina to collect local family photographs and stories with our local partner UNC-TV for our new PBS television series, Family Pictures USA. Through our photo-shares, we uncovered fascinating stories about the people and places that make up their community. We met one family – the Ausby […]

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We Are a People of Stories

Wisdom on Saving Your Photos Left to right: APPO Members Danielle Studer, Signe Pagel, Kristen Goodman, and Cathi Nelson. We are just finishing up the filming of our second television episode of Family Pictures USA with our incredible host Thomas Allen Harris! We’ve enjoyed working with WGCU Public Media in Southwest Florida and have been meeting so many amazing […]

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Florida Rising

My Fort Myers Childhood Story We are gearing up for our upcoming production of Family Pictures USA in Southwest Florida, where we will be exploring the families and community through their photographs and family albums for the second episode of the TV series. We are looking forward to uncovering hidden archives and personal connections to […]

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Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA

An Interactive Celebration of Harlem Thomas Allen Harris with his work titled A Family Album at the Harlem Stage, on view at Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA. Photo by Natalie Conn Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA, a multimedia exhibition produced from an innovative in-gallery summer course led by artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris in the Hunter East Harlem […]

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