The Humanities Research Group will present English and history librarian Heidi Jacobs delivering the free public lecture “Libraries, Archives, Memory, and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars,” on Wednesday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in Katzman Lounge, Vanier Hall.
Dr. Jacobs, a 2017/18 HRG Fellow, will explore issues of the archive and memory, as well as the Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars (1932-1939) project that she created with Miriam Wright, Dave Johnston, and a group of community partners.
The project used photographs, newspaper clippings, oral histories, interviews, and curricular resources to preserve the story of the Chatham Coloured All-Stars, a Chatham baseball team which became the first Black team to win an Ontario Baseball Amateur Association championship.
The project secured Ontario Trillium funding and recently won a Lieutenant Governor’s Excellence in Conservation Award from the Ontario Heritage Trust; and an Outstanding Community Engagement, Knowledge Transfer, and Knowledge Mobilization Award from the University of Windsor.
Jacobs’s lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session, reception, and refreshments.