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Woodfork Genealogy, LLC is Preserving the History of Kimball Elementary in Washington, DC

Woodfork Genealogy, LLC, has initiated a local history project to research, document and preserve the history of Kimball Elementary in Washington, DC.

Burtonsville, MD, April 24, 2017 --( Marion Woodfork Simmons, owner of Woodfork Genealogy, LLC and a Kimball alumna, has initiated The Kimball Memory Project to preserve the history of Kimball elementary in Washington, DC. The goals of the project are to document the history, preserve memorabilia and capture the memories. The end result of the project will be a product that documents the history of Kimball Elementary and preserves the personal stories of those affiliated with the school.

Individuals who were/are affiliated with Kimball are encouraged to participate in the project by sharing their experiences and memorabilia. Other individuals with knowledge about the school may also participate. Participants are encouraged to share photographs and memorabilia that help tell the story of the school. All artifacts will be digitally scanned and returned to the owner.

Oral history interviews will be conducted to record the personal stories of those affiliated with the school. Interviews will start in late spring. They will be conducted in person or via phone at a date, time and location that are mutually convenient for both the interviewee and the interviewer. The goal is to complete all interviews by the end of August 2017.

Individuals wanting to participate in this project or having information to share may contact Marion Woodfork Simmons at (301) 549-3659 or . Additional information, including a participant form, may be found on The Kimball Memory Project website ( .

The Kimball Memory Project is not associated with Kimball Elementary school nor the DC Public School system in any official capacity. Please do not to contact the school with any questions about the project.

About Woodfork Genealogy, LLC

Woodfork Genealogy LLC was founded by Marion Woodfork Simmons in 2004. The mission of the company is to empower ordinary people to preserve family and community history. The Kimball Memory Project is Woodfork Genealogy's second local history initiative.

In 2009, Woodfork Genealogy LLC initiated the Union High School History Project to preserve the history of Union High School in Caroline County, Virginia. The end result of the project was a self-published book titled Memories of Union High: An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia 1903-1969. Memories of Union High was recognized by two national organizations. It was a Finalist in the African American Non-Fiction category by the National Indie Excellence Book Awards and a Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards.

Simmons has received several awards for her efforts to preserve local history. She was the recipient of the 2014 Caroline Historical Society Annual CHS Award for preserving and promoting the history of Caroline County, Virginia. In 2012, she was recognized by the Caroline County Board of Supervisors for preserving the history of Union High School and publishing Memories of Union High. She was the recipient of the 2012 Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Meritorious Achievement Award for distinguished performance through a significant and measurable contribution to African American history and genealogy.

She has lectured and been interviewed to discuss how ordinary people can preserve the history of the communities where they live.
Contact Information
Woodfork Genealogy, LLC
Marion Woodfork Simmons
(301) 549-3659
PO Box 505
Burtonsville, MD 20866-1163

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