Reference Librarian Rae DeShong to Speak at the DFW Archives Bazaar, Oct. 14

Rae DeShong: Courtesy of DFW Archives Bazaar

Reference Librarian Rae DeShong will be the first speaker at the DFW Archives Bazaar, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St. in Dallas. Rae’s talk, “Locating Research Material for Little Egypt: A Learning Experience,” will discuss the Richland College Library’s role in assisting faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan in tracking down the story of the 1870s-era community, particularly its founding family. Little Egypt was documented in a sheaf of papers that lacked citation, but resources for the post-Civil War African American community and associated families turned out to be fairly robust.

Since 2015, honors history and anthropology classes have been studying Little Egypt under the direction of faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan. Upon the end of the Civil War, several freedman’s communities popped up in the Dallas area. One of them was called Little Egypt, located in today’s Lake Highlands neighborhood. For additional information on Little Egypt, visit https://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2015/10/raising-little-egypt-two-richland-college-teachers-dig-into-lake-highlands-past.

To hear more about this project and other professionals helping preserve the history and culture of communities in North Texas, stop by the DFW Archives Bazaar for Rae’s discussion. More information on the event is at http://www.dfwarchivesbazaar.com.