The Adventure Continues… Shades of California

If you follow this blog at all, you will know that I share a lot of old family photos, from those dating back to the early 1950s when my Dad was stationed in Japan to ones I shot myself in the 1980s and 1990s. So when I stumbled across this one-hour episode of California’s Gold, I knew I had to feature it this week. By collecting and archiving images provided by members of the public, the Shades of California project celebrates community diversity and highlights many aspects of local history that might otherwise been forgotten. It was a special treat to listen to some of the wonderful personal memories and stories behind the photographs — like the one about the small boy wearing handcuffs in his family photo!

Shades of California was a statewide project developed by staff at the Los Angeles Public Library. Under their guidance, libraries throughout the state gathered cherished family photos from the public and amassed them in a special California State Library collection. Beyond the importance to family members, these photos have become a resource of great historical and cultural significance, not to mention a popular book.

In order to capture the excitement and anticipation shared by families and library staff during the project, Huell joins up with the Shades of California team for a special Photo Day at the Cypress Park Branch Public Library. California families share their photos and memories with Huell. The collection of photos will be archived at the Los Angeles Public Library, in union with California State Library Association.

(Click on the linked image below to see the video.)

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