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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Interviewed by Climate Home

November 29, 2016

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( was one of the world leaders that participated in the United Nations’ COP22 event in Marrakech, Morocco.  Prior to her departure, Climate Home covered the journey via this article:


They decided to also catch up with her in order to conduct a Facebook live interview once she made it the location.  Tune in to the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage:


AASHL Annual Meeting

April 28, 2016

AASLHSave the Date: AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting

Detroit, Michigan | September 14-17

Theme: The Spirit of Rebirth

This year, AASLH is meeting at the world-renowned Cobo Center in Detroit along with the Michigan Museum Association to connect, learn, discuss, and have some good times with the great people doing history all over the U.S. and Canada. The Preliminary Program will be mailed to all members (and emailed to all our contacts) in April, and registration will open by June 1.   Why Attend the Annual Meeting?

  • Check out this recent blog post by 2016 Host Committee member Tobi Voigt on why Detroit is the “perfect laboratory to explore issues of radical change and rebirth.”
  • Read comments from our 2015 attendees on their Annual Meeting experience.
  • Our speakers this year will be author and historian Thomas J. Sugrue and Mary Wilson of the Supremes. Read more about the speakers.
  • Choose from  65 sessions, 12 tours, 8 workshop, and a host of other exciting events including The Henry Ford Un-Conference.

Can’t Make it to Detroit? Don’t Forget About the Online Conference No money in the budget for travel? Can’t come to Detroit, but still want to attend? Need a way to provide low cost training for employees? Sign up now to hear six of the best sessions from the AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting by participating in the AASLH Online Conference. AASLH will live-broadcast six of the best sessions presented in Detroit so you can participate, ask questions, and make comments from your desk or your kitchen table. With the Online Conference, you can provide training for all your employees and volunteers and hear what experts from the field are talking about, all for one low price. AASLH will air three sessions per day during the conference on Thursday and Friday, September 16-17. Participants will also have access to the session handouts. The recordings will be available to the online participants for reviewing for six months after the broadcast through LearningTimes.


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Conversation- Key Education Issues

April 11, 2016

In case any of you are interested in going to the American Alliance of Museums Conference in Washington in May:


Please consider this opportunity if you are from a museum or forward to your local museum contacts who might be attending the American Alliance of Museums conference.

Invitation – Conversation on Continuing Education/Professional Development at AAM

A focus group on Continuing Education/Professional Development needs across the Museum, Library, and Archives communities will be held at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) conference on Thursday, May 26, 4-5:30 pm at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC (room TBA).

The focus group, sponsored by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums, will discuss key education issues for museums, libraries, and other types of cultural heritage institutions. It is intended to be a small group – facilitating discussion among museum professionals in the field about their educational needs. The findings will inform the Coalition’s work to gather information about the needs across these communities.

For more information, or to register, please send your contact information, including name/organization/phone/e-mail to Laurie Gemmill Arp at, by 5 pm Eastern on Friday, May 6th.

Please note, space is limited to 20 participants so please register early to ensure your attendance. Those received after the maximum will be added to a waitlist.

Annie Peterson

Preservation Services Librarian


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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Continues Gullah/Geechee Healing and Continuation

April 6, 2016
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Continues Gullah/Geechee Healing and Continuation

St. Helena Island, SC native Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( celebrated the 17th anniversary of being the first Gullah/Geechee to ever speak before the United Nations in Genevé, Switzerland on behalf of Gullah/Geechees by continuing to work to keep the culture alive.  She and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( which she founded in 1996 in order to insure that Gullah/Geechee traditions and landownership would continue celebrated the conclusion of another successful “Gullah/Geechee Nation Volunteer Month” in which hundreds of students came from around the world to historic St. Helena Island to participate in transformational learning and community service.   These students assisted with the digitization process for De Gullah/Geechee Alkebulan Archive which is the ONLY archive in the world totally dedicated to Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture and also with projects at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition provides exhibits from De Gullah/Geechee Alkebulan Archive to and host the “Gullah/Geechee Living History Series” at the St. Helena Branch Library.  The programs are FREE and open to the public.   Students were able to engage with Queen Quet and sweetgrass traditions keeper, Gregory Grant at the branch on Queen Quet’s April 1st anniversary as a part of this series.  Queen Quet is now looking forward to the entire community coming into the library to be a part of two major events regarding the healing and health of the Gullah/Geechee community that will take place this month.
On Saturday, April 16, 2016 from Noon to 5 pm, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center will offer a FREE Cancer Educator Facilitator Training at the St. Helena Branch Library.  They seek to assist community members with identifying things that cause increased risk of cancer and also to provide knowledge on healthy lifestyle choices that can assist with lessening the incidents of cancer.   Participants in the training are required to pre-register by April 11.  They can go by the library to do this or email
MUSC is also one of the many partners of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank along with the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation which annually host theCoastal Cultures Conference.”  The 4th annual conference which is being sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Gullah/Geechee Angel Network, Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, South Carolina Sea Grant, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Coastal Program of the US Fish & Wildlife Service will be hosted at the St. Helena Branch Library on Saturday, April 30th from 10 am to 5 pm.  An after party will be held at the Gullah/Geechee owned MJ’s Soul Food on the island and the public is invited to join everyone there at 7 pm as well.
Due to the support from the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank which is seeking ways in which to continue focusing on human health and seafood safety, for the first time in the four year history of the Coastal Cultures Conferencethe registration is free.   Participants are required to pre-register online at
These events are all part of the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy World Tour” which Queen Quet has been on for the past two and a half years.  It will culminate with the anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in December.  Queen Quet continues to state her proverb, “Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.” and to provide the healing tools to the community in order to do so.  She is pleased with the progress that has seen made throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation since the first time she stood up for her people’s human rights and she knows with the continued healing that is taking place, the Gullah/Geechees will be strong enough and empowered enough to continue the culture for many generations to come.