Broward County Libraries Division’s African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is joining forces with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to co-host a two-day program to help all South Florida residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance that may be tucked away in attics, closets and garages.

Called “Save Our African-American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation,” the event is free and open to the public and will be held Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 27, from noon to 5:30 p.m., at AARLCC, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. This is the 14th in a series of such events held across the United States since 2008 and the first in Florida.

Participants are invited to bring up to three personal items for a free 15-minute professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and do not determine the items’ monetary values. Objects such as books, photographs, ceramics, metalwork and textiles no larger than a shopping bag (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded) can be reviewed.

“Broward County Libraries Division is honored to partner with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to bring this exciting and important event to our community,” said Skye Patrick, director of Broward County Libraries Division. “The preservation of artifacts, documents, pictures – the very history of South Florida’s African-American community’s struggles, triumphs and everyday lives – is crucial to present a balanced view of our shared past.”

The “Treasures” program also includes the following activities throughout each day of the program: