Posted by: Atwater Historical Society | April 13, 2014

Learn how to save Family documents and heirlooms

Celebrate Preservation Week and Learn How to Save Your Family Heirlooms

Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. Learn low-cost ways to preserve family archives and how to preserve scrapbooks through two webinars offered during National Preservation Week, April 27-May 3. They are offered in conjunction with the American Library Association’s Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.

The first presentation, “Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives,” will be offered Tuesday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Rodman Public Library’s Children’s Program Room. Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks, or postcards. They are a big part of who we are and what we do. We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities.

What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come.

The second presentation, “How to Preserve Scrapbooks,” will be offered on Thursday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. in Rodman Public Library’s Children’s Program Room. Scrapbooks have been used by families and organizations for many years to save clippings, photographs, and programs. They can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. This webinar will explain some of the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks, how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them, and how to identify the best materials to use in creating new scrapbooks.

Anyone interested in preserving their family’s heirlooms are invited to attend. The programs are free and open to the public. Please call Rodman Public Library at 330-821-2665, ext. 101 for further information.


  1. We love the Atwater Historical Society Neil whittlesey and Ruth Knapp Hall soon to be Ruth Knapp Whittlesey in Aug 2014

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