The Peterson Legacy

Photographic Exhibition - 19th Century Family 1865 - Present

The Peterson Legacy

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Sunny Nash - Curator

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 2:30 AM


Sunny Nash 

I am a former syndicated columnist, and the author of Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's (Texas A&M University Press) about life with my part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement, selected by the Association of American University Presses as a book for understanding U.S. race relations; and recommended by the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida for Native American collections.

My photography, recognized by Women in Photography International and the Black Photographers Guild, was featured as a symposium topic and collected by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. included my biography and photography in the reference volume, Reflections in Black: a photographic history of black photographers, 1840 - the present, (W.W. Norton, New York 2000). Two of my photographs from the volume were installed with the internationally touring Smithsonian Exhibition, Reflections in Black.

In 2008, I was commissioned as a biographer for the 8-volume African American National Biography, a joint project of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham.

My historic restorations, document reproductions and oral histories won the 2014-15 Ottis Lock Endowment Award & Research Grant, and showed at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. In 2014, I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant through the Carnegie History Center to moderate a panel for the NEH national series, Created Equal and commissioned by the Carnegie History Center to compile the proceedings document. I am a three-time winner of Arts Council for Long Beach (California) Professional Artist Fellowships.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts: School of Journalism & Broadcast News, Texas A&M University
  • Honors Diploma: Media Law, London School of Journalism
  • Adjunct Professors Specialization: Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications, Arizona State University
  • Distinguished Graduate: Educational Technology, University of California, San Diego
  • Certificate: Copyright Law, Harvard University
  • Certificate: Digital Archival Preservation, University of London
  • Digital & Visual Literacy: Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Boston 


Press Release - Ottis Lock Award

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Awards Research & Application

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 5:50 PM

As a result of the success of “The Peterson Legacy,” applicable awards were researched. Bryan-College Station Public Library System Director supplied this letter of recommendation.



Carnegie History Center Article

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM

African American Lifeways in Ease Central Texas: The Ned Peterson Farmstead

This is an article released by the Carnegie History Center announcing a shared archiving (artifact) arrangement secured for “The Peterson Legacy” with the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, Austin.



Exhibition at George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

This artifact is a demonstration of communication, cooperation and collaboration among recipient and donor institutions. 


Exhibit PSA

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM

YouTube Screenshot

This artifact is a YouTube public service announcement (PSA) of The Peterson Legacy



Posted on November 23, 2015 at 5:05 PM


Benefits of prototypes: 1) adjustability, 2) cost estimation, 3) consistency, 4) evaluation of utility, 5) accuracy of plans, and 6) generation of exhibit blueprint.


Heritage Brazos Article

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Brazos Heritage Society Logo

This artifact by Heritage Brazos is a second press release written from our factsheet, part of the campaign to secure a donor institution to support an activity and/or project to the benefit of both institutions.


Press Release Announcing Speech

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM

City of College Station, Texas

Exploring History Lunch Lecture by the City of College Station Historic Preservation Committee is a press release announcing my appearance to talk about the proposed exhibition. 


Project Plan & Outline

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Institutional Mentorship Framework

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Peterson Text Explanation

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Peterson Text Explanation


Peterson Text Explanation traces the origin of an activity/product from its inception to current status. The artifact is a supporting document for an exhibition that was the result of my institutional mentorship of a recipient organization on how to form a relationship with a better funded institution to acquire access to resources with minimal financial commitment. The document--required by the recipient organization for distribution at the activity--was also needed by the better funded institution for production credits, and bureaucratic and financial justification.


The institutional mentoring philosophy includes:

  • Seeking a relationship between recipient organization and a better funded institution
  • Identifying an activity/product recipient organization desires
  • Suggesting activity/product to better funded institution
  • Assisting better funded institution to produce desired activity/product
  • Writing proposals
  • Applying for grants
  • Seeking award nominations
  • Creating shared storage arrangements
  • Borrowing activity/product from better funded institutions