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Preserving Family Treasures


Do you have grandma’s wedding gown, a tintype of a great-great uncle during the Civil War or even the family bible from the old country? Family and personal historical collections are a diary of where we come from and what is important to us. Most of these collections are stored in attics, basements or under other conditions which constantly place them in harm’s way.

Join us at 6 PM on September 9 at the Delta Township District Library or via live stream for a free presentation presented by internationally recognized preservationist and the ALA 2012 Ken Haycock Award winner Jeanne Drewes. Ms Drewes currently serves as Chief of Binding and Collections Care in the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress and as Manager for the Mass Deacidification Program.

The presentation will focus on appropriate storage environments, enclosure options for varying formats, steps to mitigate damage and handling instructions.  If you are a family historian or the caretaker of a small library or historical society collection this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the very best. You may bring materials for recommendations from Ms Drewes after her public presentation.

The link to the live stream will be posted soon and available in our September newsletter. September 10 and November 8 Ms Drewes will conduct a program at the Delta Township District Library on Disaster Management. If you are interested in that program please visit our Risk Management and Disaster Recovery page.