Black History in Prince George’s County has never looked so good!

We are looking for YOUR ordinary miracles. How did your family come to settle here? What treasures did they leave? Share them with us!

What to Bring:

We invite you to bring your “ordinary miracles,” like photos, instruments, dolls, and art to be a part of a Pop Up Museum at your community center, library, church, or any other space. A Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibition created by the people who show up to participate. Participants write a label for their object and leave it on display during the event.

We will also share “ordinary miracles” from our collection. We have everything from hot combs to musical instruments to sculptures to furniture. The list is limitless so let your imagination fly!

Family Fun Activities:

In addition to the Pop Up Museum, we’ll have creative artmaking for all ages. Forget to bring an object? No worries! Your creation will be your exhibit item. Not an artist? Not a problem! Our Teaching Artists are professional arts educators who can work with all skill levels.

Share Your Story:

Are you a Washingtonian who moved out of the District? Are you from another part of the state, country, or planet? Or are you a native Prince Georgian? We want to hear from you! Sign up to share your story at our oral history station and tell us about your connection to the County.

See the stories that have been shared!

Community Treasure Chest….because it takes a village!


Donate and Support the Community Treasure Chest Oral History Initiative

Make a donation to PGAAMCC today to help us continue preserving the rich history and culture in Prince George’s County through our Community Treasure Chest Oral Histories Initiative.

We are launching Community Treasure Chest initiative to highlight the rich undiscovered history in our backyards. In an effort to use our momentum to support our mission, this initiative will allow residents to explore their own shared histories and increase the Museum’s community engagement. Community Treasure Chest creates an opportunity for senior citizens to honor their family heirlooms and share the accompanying oral histories. PGAAMCC will host these Antique Roadshow styled events at malls, senior centers, and other community spaces so that residents can bring their personal objects to be recorded and preserved, and possibly archived. Participant will have the opportunity to tour the museum’s archives and artifacts.

It is our mission to preserve the local histories of the families that have lived and contributed to the Prince George’s County community. The oral histories are an opportunity to document individual and collective histories and inspire innovative ways to highlight and honor the joy, resilience, and triumph of African Americans in Prince George’s County. This initiative is the first step in digitizing and expanding our permanent archival collection.

We are asking supporters to donate to our mission, our work and our commitment to the African American community in Prince George’s County.

Community Treasure Chest will occur in the following towns throughout the County: North Brentwood, Glenarden, Beltsville, Landover, Fairmount Heights, Greenbelt, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Suitland, Accokeek, Oxon Hill, Brandywine, Aquasco, and Eagle Harbor.

June 1 Community Treasure Chest

Juneteenth Tabling

Block Party Tabling

Community Treasure Chest at Bladensburg

Jul 6, 2019

Community Treasure Chest at Accokeek Branch

Jul 9, 2019

Team Natural Hair Festival

July 20 2019