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Saving Our “Religious” Treasures: A Presentation and Discussion on Preserving Religious Artifacts in the African-American Church

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The session will offer a lively discussion on the importance of church history and properly preserving, cataloging and collecting religious artifacts and memorabilia. Through the use of proper archival materials and a workable system of collecting and cataloging religious papers, photographs, etc., the session will enlighten participants of practical methods that can be used to develop a credible church archives or small church museum.

The session presenter will have on hand, several artifacts from the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church collection. The artifacts will serve as examples of (1) what to do right, and (2) what not to do when preserving artifacts. The session will present the history of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia and describe how the church has navigated its way through the world of museums, tourism, historic preservation, collections management, networking and marketing. The 144 year old church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register, and is recognized and an Old Site and Historic District by the city of Richmond, Virginia.

Tourism is “big” business in Richmond as well as in many other major US cities. The session will reveal special techniques that churches can use to help increase tourism by celebrating its unique religious heritage. The session will provide a template or model for “best practices” for other churches to follow when preserving and promoting the histories. The session is uniquely aligned with the objectives of the program “Save Our Treasures” sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. See Mr. John Franklin for additional information about the program.


Contact information:

Benjamin Ross
Church Historian
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
Historic Jackson Ward District
14 W. Duval Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
804-648-7511 (church office)
804-240-3559 (cell)
rossbc@verizon.net


Benjamin Ross is the Senior Historian of the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia. Since his appointment in 1984, Mr. Ross has worked to educate the congregation on the importance of preserving church history. During his 27 years as church historian he has collaborated with many museums around the country, presented at numerous conferences, and served as consultant to many churches who are developing history programs. His presentations offer good, easy and practical advice to congregations who value their history.
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Name: 96th Annual Convention
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Ross, Benjamin. "Saving Our “Religious” Treasures: A Presentation and Discussion on Preserving Religious Artifacts in the African-American Church" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, Oct 04, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518699_index.html>

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Ross, B. , 2011-10-04 "Saving Our “Religious” Treasures: A Presentation and Discussion on Preserving Religious Artifacts in the African-American Church" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518699_index.html

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Abstract: The session will offer a lively discussion on the importance of church history and properly preserving, cataloging and collecting religious artifacts and memorabilia. Through the use of proper archival materials and a workable system of collecting and cataloging religious papers, photographs, etc., the session will enlighten participants of practical methods that can be used to develop a credible church archives or small church museum.

The session presenter will have on hand, several artifacts from the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church collection. The artifacts will serve as examples of (1) what to do right, and (2) what not to do when preserving artifacts. The session will present the history of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia and describe how the church has navigated its way through the world of museums, tourism, historic preservation, collections management, networking and marketing. The 144 year old church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register, and is recognized and an Old Site and Historic District by the city of Richmond, Virginia.

Tourism is “big” business in Richmond as well as in many other major US cities. The session will reveal special techniques that churches can use to help increase tourism by celebrating its unique religious heritage. The session will provide a template or model for “best practices” for other churches to follow when preserving and promoting the histories. The session is uniquely aligned with the objectives of the program “Save Our Treasures” sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. See Mr. John Franklin for additional information about the program.


Contact information:

Benjamin Ross
Church Historian
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
Historic Jackson Ward District
14 W. Duval Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
804-648-7511 (church office)
804-240-3559 (cell)
rossbc@verizon.net


Benjamin Ross is the Senior Historian of the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia. Since his appointment in 1984, Mr. Ross has worked to educate the congregation on the importance of preserving church history. During his 27 years as church historian he has collaborated with many museums around the country, presented at numerous conferences, and served as consultant to many churches who are developing history programs. His presentations offer good, easy and practical advice to congregations who value their history.


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