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The ACEGen Model - Access, Collaboration, and Equity in Genealogy Collections and Research

Friday, August 18, 2023

12 - 1:30 PM EST

The ACEGen - the Access, Collaboration, and Equity in Genealogy Initiative, is a collaboration between repositories, organizations, and the public to improve access and equity in Staten Island's family history records. Project partners Gabriella Leone of the Staten Island Museum and Debbie-Ann Paige of the Staten Island Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical society will share how ACEGen uses digitization, transcription, and dialogue to build strong institutional relationships, engage participants online and in person, and center equity and inclusion work.


Gabriella Leone

Archives Manager

Staten Island Museum

Debbie-Ann Paige


African American Historical and Genealogical Society

Gabriella Leone is the Archives Manager at the Staten Island Museum, where her work focuses on digital humanities and public history. She is the Project Manager for the Access, Collaboration, and Equity in Genealogy Initiative. As a member of the MANY/IMLS Building Capacity Cohort she co-produced "Site Unseen" the Museum's first podcast. She also curated the Museum's first three online exhibitions, most recently "Apart Together: The 'Black Angels' Nurses of Seaview Hospital." 

Debbie-Ann Paige is a public historian specializing in local African American history, co-president of the Richard B. Dickenson Staten Island Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and a professional genealogist. She has worked on numerous local history projects including: In Pursuit of Freedom with the Brooklyn Historical Society; ACEGen with Staten Island Museum; and designating the Louis Napoleon House on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network with Sandy Ground Historical Society.


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