IU Libraries experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer expert advice at the Monroe County History Center's "Pass It On--Caring for Your Family Treasures" workshop in celebration of Preservation Week.
The program will consist of an opening talk by IU Libraries Paper Conservator Doug Sanders who will be discussing basic approaches for preserving family collections, followed by one-on-one consultations with professionals.
Members of the public are invited to bring in their family treasures, including documents, photographs, books, textiles, and objects for a free consultation on how best to preserve them. Other experts from the IU Libraries, including Jim Canary, Head of Conservation at the Lilly Library, and Elise Calvi, Head of General Collections Conservation and Preservation Services at the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab, will be available for consultations about books and other paper-based items. Additionally, Margaret Contompasis, Gayl W. and Beverly Doster Conservator of Paintings from the IU Art Museum; Judith Sylvester, Conservator from the Mathers Museum of World Cultures; and Kelly Richardson, Assistant Curator of the Sage Collection will be on hand to answer questions about paintings, ethnographic materials, textiles and other items.
Information on how to locate a conservator and where to purchase storage supplies will also be available.
About Preservation Week:
The American Library Association created Preservation Week in 2010 to raise awareness about the importance of taking positive steps to ensure that important cultural materials--both in cultural institutions and in personal and family collections-- are preserved for the future. Preservation Week also highlights the role that libraries and other cultural institutions play in preserving our collective cultural heritage.
*Limited space is available for the May 3 event. Please RSVP noting your name and number of people in your party at Monroe County History Center Operations Manager, Hillary Detty, firstname.lastname@example.org.