Since 2010, scholars and students at Nebraska and at James Madison University have organized a series of “History Harvests” — community events where families share their artifacts and stories with students, who document and digitize them. The idea is to make visible histories and materials that otherwise would be largely invisible, and to share them more broadly online. Scholars benefit, and so do students, who learn to apply their disciplinary skills in real-world situations.
The web site contains pictures of numerous family mementos and keepsakes. According to says Patrick D. Jones, co-director of the History Harvest project, "We have all sorts of historical material held in families and in communities. It’s not government-created material. It’s not the White House papers. It’s the social experience of people.”
Sam Eneman told me about this project and he described it by writing, "it combines family history, oral histories & genealogy."
You can find the interesting article at http://goo.gl/F9qOS.