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Explore the exhibit Shining a Light on the Christiansburg Institute: A Collaborative Digitization Effort

Christiansburg Institute students present a play at their school. Photo courtesy of Christiansburg Institute Digital Archives.

From: The University Libraries

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech and the Christiansburg Institute are hosting an exhibit and reception on Sept. 28 from 4 - 6 p.m. on the second floor of Newman Library. The event highlights the partnership between the Christiansburg Institute and the University Libraries to digitize 38.65 linear feet of Christiansburg Institute Museum and Archives’ collections.

The unheard stories gleaned from 870 photographs, 60 slides, 15 diplomas, 48,000 typed pages, and 3,300 handwritten pages from the school's principals, teachers, and students are invaluable in spotlighting the Black Appalachian experience throughout the ages and are now available to anyone with an internet connection.

The exhibit features a selection of historical materials in an interactive and informative display open to the public until Dec. 17.

Join us in exploring the exhibit, hearing from the Christiansburg Institute, Inc.'s Board of Directors, and enjoy refreshments.

More event information and registration can be found at

More information about the project:
Christiansburg Institute and University Libraries collaborate to preserve Appalachian African American storytelling, history

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