Our President & CEO recently spoke on WYPR’s “Maryland Humanities Connection” about MARMIA and a film from our collections. You can listen to this radio podcast here and watch the home movie that was mentioned here. Siobhan also discussed MARMIA’s need for assistance in fulfilling our mission to preserve and provide access to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic’s moving images and recorded sounds. Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Preserve your own home movies! You and your family have a story that is important to tell and remember. MARMIA can assist, but here are some other resources:
  2. Give money! You can make a tax deductible donation to any non-profit that either collections regional audiovisual materials or helps to preserve them. Here at MARMIA we do both!
  3. Give time! Many archives, especially regional ones, need many different types of volunteers with many different types of skill sets and backgrounds. Here are some ideas for how to offer your time to help regional AV archives:
    • Describing an item on the Internet Archive: this helps other people to find the video when they type in search words. You can do this in the “comments” section. For example, we need this video described in detail: the who, what, where, when, why, etc.
    • Email your resume and availability to volunteer on tasks you have strengths in
    • Like, share, and interact with your favorite archives on social media platforms: this is so easy, and so helpful. Here at MARMIA we also love to get suggestions for articles and other items that we should post. So please: send away!
    • Advocate for the arts and humanities: supporting these subjects on the local and the national level will help to document, analyze, teach, and interpret the history and culture of the US

We’ve said it before and we will keep saying it: we can’t do this without your help! Thank you.