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Residents Informed on Preserving Heirlooms During Roadshow


The preservation roadshow provided information on how to preserve family heirlooms.

A Preservation Roadshow on "Preserving Family Memories" was presented by Randy Silverman, Preservation Libarian from the University of Utah Marriott Library on May 11. The Roadshow was held at the Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale and hosted by the Emery County Archives and the Elmo "Lily of the Valley" Camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

The lecture and slide presentation was very informative and focused on the history of papermaking, photography and reservation tips for documents and photos.

During the Preservation Clinic, county residents brought in family heirlooms such as a fur coat, 1930-era taffeta gown, 1900-era high top shoe, old photo album, letters, painting, photographs, quilts and crochet work. Also brought in was a collection of old family business ledgers and an old family bible, cica-late 1800s. The ledgers and bible brought about an impromptu lecture on types of ink and higher quality paper used in ledgers during that time period, and traveling bible salesmen (and even women) on the different types of printing and binding available for bibles in the late 1800s. Silverman repaired torn places on letters and books advised on preserving and storing items and provided archival boxes and folders to some participants.

The Emery County Archives is considering the possibility of hosting another Preservation Roadshow in the fall or winter. It will include Randy Silverman, as well as others who are equally qualified, and will provide more in-depth preservation tips and assistance in repairing and preserving your heirlooms. If you would like to see a program of this size presented in Emery County again, please call Shirley Spears at 381-2671.





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