Collecting and Holding Our Historic Materials
Collections of historic materials, both personal and congregational, pose an increasing concern.
The Partner organizations of PUUHH face this problem, as researchers and preservers of our
History and Heritage. Where and how can collections be housed so that they are preserved and
Beyond this question, the workshop also considers the ongoing Congregational History Project,
sponsored by the UU History and Heritage Society, which focuses on documenting published
congregational histories as well as encouraging congregations to develop their histories.
Focus of the Workshop Discussion
Basic understandings of collecting and holding histories:
History as spiritual practice is an historic mindset in our congregations. This includes:
making spiritual connections (self, others, world, mystery)
learning and doing history (past, present connections, and the future)
collecting, organizing, interpreting and learning.
Practical steps to deciding what to keep and what not to keep:
Archiving: Manual for South Carolina Religious Archives and Record-Keeping, by
Jeannette Bergeron, July 1999 (http://shrab.palmettohistory.org/churcharchives.pdf)
Googlebooks.com and advanced search
Congregational History Project: www.UUHHS.org