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    South African National Cultural Heritage
    Training and Technology Program:
    A Program of Collaboration between the U.S. and South Africa

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    Welcome to the web home of the South African National Cultural Heritage Training and Technology Program. Launched in 2000, our project is a multi-faceted, three-year, binational. collaborative training program to identify and train a cadre of archivists, curators, scholars and students to use new media and best professional practices to work in South Africa on cultural heritage projects. We are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Michigan State University . Our project works in partnership with a broad sampling of South African and U.S. universities, archives, and museums.

    The project completed its South African training activities in March 2003. This website documents our work and links to ongoing training, development, and dissemination projects in South African cultural heritage that spun out of our activities.

    How do we do it? The project uses a variety of methods to conduct training, build a professional network among heritage and cultural workers and administrators, and disseminate information about new media:

    • Annual Colloquia that bring together cultural heritage professionals to discuss emerging issues in the field, develop new projects, and learn about new initiatives in cultural heritage and technology in South Africa, the United States, Africa, and around the world. Learn more
    • Training Institute on cultural heritage and technology, conducted in July 2000 in the United States, involving our American partners, Michigan State University, and a cadre of South African heritage professionals. Learn more.
    • Project-based Learning through pilot initiatives in Folk Arts, Oral History Digitization and Dissemination, and South African Film, Media, and Video, located at partner institutions in South Africa. Cultural heritage workers learn by working directly on specific projects in their fields and using their collections. Learn more.
    • Internships that bring American museum professionals, archivists, professors, and professional staff from Historically-Black Colleges and Universities to institutions in South Africa for research, study, exhibit development, and workshops. Learn more.
    • Short-term Workshops for professionals, that engage American and South African curators, archivists, policymakers, and entry-level administrators in professional development for grant-writing and exhibition design. Learn more.
    • Technical Assistance that deploys experts from our U.S. partners to assess and assist with immediate, urgent needs by partners in South Africa. Learn more.

    Who are we? As the first American university to divest its holdings in apartheid South Africa , MSU has a profound commitment to working with the new South Africa . This project grows out of the university's strong ties to South African educational and cultural institutions, and builds upon MSU's internationally-recognized African studies center, museum and folklife programs, and humanities-based technology.

    The cornerstone units at Michigan State include the MSU Museum , the African Studies Center , and MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online . Our other U.S. partners include the Chicago Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Our South African partners include the UWC/Robben Island Mayibuye Archives, a unit of the Robben Island Museum, a world heritage site; the National Archives of South Africa; the South African Museums Association; the University of Durban-Westville Documentation Centre; Campbell Collections at the University of Natal-Durban; Wits Historical Papers at the University of the Witwatersrand; and the Centre for Popular Memory at the University of Cape Town. Learn more. [link to “About US”.]

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