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Saturday, August 8 • TBA
S33 - Memories of a Forever Chemical: Collaborating to Collect, Preserve, and Interpret Community Voices in the Aftermath of Michigan's PBB Mix-up

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In 1973, polybrominated biphenyl or PBB was ingested by Michigan farm animals, contaminating meat, dairy, and other farm products which were eaten by nearly all Michiganders, resulting in one of the largest episodes of American food contamination. A historian, archivist, museum educator, and graduate student discuss their collaborative roles, successes, challenges, and lessons learned in gathering and preserving these previously hidden stories and perspectives.

Brabaw: Gathering, preserving, and interpreting of oral histories for the Michigan PBB Oral History Project
Clark: Development and design of education programs using diverse PBB collections
Fremion: Lessons Learned from Collaboration on the Michigan PBB Oral History Project
Matyn: Challenges and Solutions of Processing PBB Collections: An Archivist’s Perspective

Chair
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Mark Harvey

State Archivist, Archives of Michigan
Mark has been the State Archivist for over 22 years. He has a B.A. from Calvin College, a M.A. in history and a M.I.L.S. from Wayne State University.

Speakers
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Rachel Clark

Education Specialist, Michigan History Center
Rachel is the Education Specialist for all K-12 education content at the Michigan History Center. She has a History M.A., English and Communications B.A.s, all from Michigan State University, and holds a Michigan teaching certificate.
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Nicole L. Brabaw

Central Michigan University
As a graduate student in CRM with a concentration in public history, Nikki has been engaged in the Michigan PBB Oral History Project since April 2018.
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Brittany B. Fremion

Associate Professor, Central Michigan University
Brittany specializes in environmental, U.S., and oral histories. She has a Ph.D. from Purdue University, a M.A. in policy history from Bowling Green State University, and a B.A. in history from the University of Saint Francis (IN).
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Marian J. Matyn

Archivist, Associate Professor, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
I earned a B.A. and M.I.L.S. from University of Michigan and a M.A. in history from Central Michigan University. She teaches, trains, mentors and supervises students, processes and describes primary source collections, presents and writes. I love teaching, especially with primary... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 TBA
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