Tuskegee archivist to present TROY workshop on preserving family history

Posted: Friday, 27 May 2016

DOTHAN - Wiregrass residents looking to preserve their family archival treasures will have an opportunity to learn about the best ways to do so at a workshop hosted at Landmark Park on Saturday, June 4.

Presented by Troy University, the "Preserving Your Family Archives" workshop is part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, a summer event sponsored by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant that is aimed at enhancing Wiregrass residents’ understanding of the importance of their historical documents and photographs as well as preserving them for researchers across the state.

Tuskegee University Archivist Dana Chandler, who also serves as the lead archeologist for "The Ridge: A Macon County Archaeological Project," will lead the workshop, discussing preventive preservation measures, which are simple to achieve and are more economical than the options available once damage is done.

"Preserving the past will help provide answers in the future," Chandler said. "Your photos, documents and other materials will help your children, grandchildren and others to know you and your family when you are not around."

He will make recommendations for good care, handling and storage, including what kinds of storage supplies to use and where to buy them, temperature and relative humidity ranges to aim for, where in a home valuable items should and should not be stored, guidelines for matting and framing, how to reduce the risks of light damage and water damage, and how to deal with damage already done and find a conservator.

The workshop lasts from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is free to the public with pre-registration. Attendance is limited to 35 people. Lunch will be provided.

Residents are invited to bring their family treasures for preservation advice.

To pre-register, call Landmark Park at 334-794-3452

The Wiregrass Common Heritage Project continues into the summer with the following events:

  • Community Scanning Day on June 18
    • 1-5 p.m. at Dothan Houston County Library Downtown Branch.
    • Residents are invited to bring 12 unpublished family archival items to scan.
  • Community Scanning Day on June 25
    • 1-5 p.m. at Landmark Park.
    • Residents are invited to bring 12 unpublished family archival items to scan.

The project is funded by a $12,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage grant to the University’s Wiregrass Archives at the Dothan Campus.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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