National Preservation Week

The Baylor Libraries will once again sponsor National Preservation Week activities in partnership with the Waco-McLennan County Libraries and the Central Texas Genealogical Society. This year a preservation fair will be held to help provide information to the public on how to best preserve family documents, photos, heirlooms and more on May 2, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center, which is located at 5301 Bosque Blvd., Suite 275, in Waco, Texas. Additional programming includes the Genealogy Beginner’s class May 2, 10:30 am-1:00 pm at the same location.

The items we inherit and collect come in all formats - photos, paper documents of all types, metal, glass, wood, stone, leather, audio and video tape and even oral histories. The Preservation Fair has brought together a variety of preservation resources, including specialists to help answer your questions on how to take care of your family items. No appraisals will be done.

  • James Jasek, former owner of Library Bindery in Waco and an avid collector of photographs, will field questions about binding and the dating, framing and preservation of photographs.
  • Rob Curnock, owner and founder of Dub-L Tape, Inc. ( a full service audio/video production/duplication company in Waco), will field questions regarding the conversion of your audio, video, slides, photos and even computer files.
  • Beth Farwell, Associate Director for Baylor Libraries, and Allie McCormack, Rare Book Catalogerm will help you with questions regarding books, paper of all kinds and any other general questions you may have.
  • Gaylord Archival is providing a free copy of their catalog of archival supplies. Check out the samples of acid-free, lignin-free, pH-neutral boxes, folders and more.
  • Paige Davis, Curator of the Historic Waco Foundation, will handle questions regarding textiles of all types - wedding dresses, flags, needle point, etc.
  • Norma Thronburg of the McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group (MCCIG) will help answer how to best clean your family tombstone.
  • Dr. Stephen Sloan, Director of The Institute for Oral History at Baylor University, will provide information on what you need to know to conduct a history preservation project through oral history and share information about the Institute’s new project "Waco History", a free app and website that includes text, historic images and oral history from Waco.
  • Paul Fisher, Processing Archivist at the Texas Collection, Baylor University, will be available to answer preservation questions about items made of wood, stone, metal, and glass. Proper handing, storage, environment, and other factors help ensure that items will be preserved for a long time to come.
This program is sponsored by the Waco-McLennan County Library, Baylor University Libraries and the Central Texas Genealogical Society.