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Dallas Public Library events: Jazz on the Plaza Series Juneteenth Weekend

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Dallas South News Wire (City of Dallas)

Jazz on the Plaza series to be held
June 17 & 24 at Central Library

Grab your lunch and join us at the Central Library for our “Jazz on the Plaza” series featuring some of Dallas’ most talented jazz musicians. The series begins Friday June 17 with artist, teacher and guitarist Joseph Gomez, presenting his Spanish flair and an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz fusion, rhythm & blues, followed by seasoned and skilled bassist Barri Pearson on Friday June 24. Pearson has appeared with jazz greats George Benson, Joe Sample, Earl Klugh, Jerald Albright and David Sanborn. Both performance times are 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Smithsonian Institute and the Dallas Public Library to present
“Save Our African American Treasures” Juneteenth weekend

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates Juneteenth with a two-day program to help Dallas/Fort Worth-area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of their homes. Presented in collaboration with the Dallas Public Library, the event will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street. It will feature welcoming remarks by Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the museum, and Dallas Public Library Interim Director Corinne Hill. Free and open to the public, the event is the ninth in a series from the museum’s signature program “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation.”

Participants can arrange in advance to bring up to three personal historical items for a 20-minute, one-on-one professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine the items monetary value. Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded) can be reviewed. Those wishing to have items reviewed must make reservations by e-mailing treasures@si.edu or by calling toll free (877) 733-9599. Reservations are only required for those wishing a one-on-one consultation. Additional information is available at www.nmaahc.si.edu.

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