Baylor Libraries Celebrate Cultural Heritage Preservation Week With Expert Advice on Preserving Family Treasures

May 12, 2010

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Ever wonder how to best care for your family's treasured heirlooms? Whether it's a family Bible, quilt, photographs or old letters, Central Texans are invited to learn more about "Preserving Your Family Treasures: Ask An Expert" from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Roosevelt Building, 400 Austin Ave. in downtown Waco. The event is free and open to the public.

The event - presented by the Baylor University Libraries, Library of Congress, Waco McLennan County Library and the City of Waco Historic Landmark Preservation Commission - commemorates Cultural Heritage Preservation Week, May 9-15. Organizers say the event highlights issues surrounding the safeguarding of cultural heritage and information resources.

Central Texans can bring objects or just ask questions about how to store, restore, reformat or repair their family's special keepsakes. The event will feature information booths and local experts, as well as vendors and local cultural heritage organizations. NOTE: For safety reasons, no firearms or weapons of any kind -- including swords or cannonballs -- are allowed.

Some of the experts on hand:

    • A textiles expert from the Historic Waco Foundation will address the preservation of antique wedding dresses.

    • Dr. Stephen Sloan, director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor, will provide tips on conducting a formal interview with friends or relatives who have witnessed or lived through significant historical events.

    • An expert in architectural history will discuss the process for registering a home as a historical landmark and offer advice on restoring structures with period-appropriate materials.

    • Stephen Bolech of Baylor's Crouch Fine Arts Library will offer advice on digitizing sound recordings.

    • Other experts will speak about digitizing photos, preserving letters and other paper items, architectural elements, genealogy and historic city landmarks.

The preservation event also will feature a talk from Jeanne Drewes of the Library of Congress, who will address the LOC's mission and role as "Your Library." Drewes is Chief of Binding and Collection Care Division in the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress. She has published and presented in the area of preservation for more than 20 years and currently chairs the Preservation Week taskforce.

For more information, contact Eric Ames, digital collections consultant, Baylor Libraries, at (254) 710-1576, or Beth Tice, associate director of Baylor central libraries, (254) 710-3679.

Media contact: Lori Fogleman, director of media communications, (254) 710-6275

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