The exhibition Pieces of History: Ten Years of Decorative Arts Fieldwork explores the material culture of the Gulf South before 1865. Each summer, fellows of the Decorative Arts of the Gulf South (DAGS) project search the attics, porches, and parlors of homes across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to catalog the furniture, home furnishings, and tools of daily life from this era. These objects reveal the stories of the people who made and used them. What do your possessions reveal about you?As part of the exhibition, we’re asking you to share pieces of your story for a 21st-century version of the DAGS project. If a historian were to study you 150 years from now, which possession would be key to understanding your life? A sofa with an interesting tale? An old t-shirt that you can’t bring yourself to toss out? A family heirloom that has been passed down through several generations? That lava lamp?

In the form below, upload an image of your piece of history, and tell us all about it. We will share select entries on our special @piecesofyourstory Instagram account, turning the lens of DAGS on the 21st century and highlighting how material culture stories are important in every era. And toward the end of the exhibition, we will share our favorite “Pieces of YOURstory” on our First Draft blog. See previous submissions through the @piecesofyourstory account on Instagram.

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