Oh how I wish I could be in Atlanta for this event.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday, February 6
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia
The Program will feature welcoming remarks by Lonnie Bunch, museum director.
The “Treasures” program includes the following sessions:
- Preservation Presentations: Four informal basic preservation sessions will take place during the day. One will focus on textiles, a category that includes cloth dolls, flags, hats, clothing, lace, quilts, needlework and table linens. The session on photographs and paper will inform participants on simple inexpensive techniques to keep their family Bibles, historic pictures and important documents such as diplomas and wedding licenses safe from deterioration. A third session of the day explains to potential donors the process of establishing provenance of an object. Participants will learn what is needed to establish and document the age, place of origin and line of ownership of objects with historical value. During the fourth session participants will receive tips and resources for recording and archiving their family’s oral history.
- Hands-on Preservation: Participants are invited to learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.
- Oral Histories: Participants may record a brief personal memory, a family story or a memory of a historical event. Family members are encouraged to interview each other.
Participants can reserve in advance to bring up to three personal items for a 20-minute, one-on-one professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not be able to determine an item’s monetary value. Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag (furniture, carpets, firearms, and paintings are excluded) can be reviewed.
Those wishing to have items reviewed must make reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling toll free, (877) 733-9599.
Reservations are not required for those not wishing a one-on-one consultation. Additional information is available at www.nmaahc.si.edu.