In a vast and ever-changing world, the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, KS cherishes the remnants of its local history and is working to preserve and share the images and artifacts that tell the story of who they are—and who they have been—as a community. In partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and KU Museum Studies department, Rosedale Development Association is pioneering Rosedale’s first ever online historical archive. RDA invites you to contribute to this effort as the Archive Development Assistant by helping organize, digitize and publicize the Rosedale Community Archives.
From January – May 2016, you will gain hands-on experience organizing, cataloguing, and digitizing photos and artifacts from the last century of daily life in this historic working-class neighborhood. Rosedale is already known for its barbeque, disc golf, and world-class medical care (did I mention barbeque?); your contribution will help make the backstory of this diverse corner of Wyandotte County known to all who wish to explore it. Furthermore, you will play a prominent role in organizing and hosting the second annual Rosedale Historical Exhibit event, “The Land We Live On,” that highlights the development of Rosedale’s neighborhoods and parks over the last century.
Shape your weekly volunteer commitment to suit your schedule as you work with and receive guidance from the project lead, who has an M.A. from KU Museum Studies and experience working in the KU historical archives. Applicants should plan to commit 5-10 hours per week to volunteering on site at Rosedale Development Association in Kansas City, KS. No previous experience necessary. Please send resume to Adrianne Showalter Matlock at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 27, 2016.