The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Preserving Your Family History

As you browse these sites and address whatever preservation concerns you have for your family heirlooms, remember that “When in doubt, don’t” is the first rule in preservation.  Always seek advice from professionals before taking any action that may be irreversible.

Minnesota Historical Society 
Conservators have provided a number of instructional materials and through their Tech Talk newsletter a bimonthly column offers technical assistance on management, preservation, and conservation concerns that affect historical societies and museums of all sizes and interests. 

Framing textiles for display and preservation (PDF)

Is Your Textile Suitable For Framing?  (PDF)

Creating your own time capsule. (PDF)

Caring for sports memorabilia. (PDF)

Conserving firearms, Part 1.  (PDF)

Conserving firearms, Part 2.  (PDF)

Preserving Your Photographs (PDF)

Preserving Newspapers: When and How To (PDF)

Preserving Family Treasures
Focused on family collections, this Library of Congress site provides basic “do’s and don’ts” for families from handling and displaying their treasures to disaster preparedness.

Preserving my Heritage
From the Canadian Conservation Institute, this site provides assistance in caring for and preserving heirlooms and works of arts, such as watches, teddy bears, rugs, ivory sculptures wooden masks, kitchen and household utensils, and musical instruments.

Resources for Private & Family Collections
One of the leading conservation centers in the United States, the Northeast Document Conservation Center provides preservation information to museums, libraries, and archives. The Center established this site to help families preserve their documents and memorabilia.  Preservation leaflets are available on line. 

Smithsonian – Museum Conservation Institute
Providing information on how to take care of family heirlooms has become one of the Smithsonian outreach programs.  Click on the Taking Care section to view assistance with a broad range of objects: Furniture & Wooden Objects – Paintings  – Paper Based Materials  – Textiles – Bugs, Insects & Pests.

Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation
Basic tips to protect and preserve wedding gowns.

DISCLAIMER
These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Fresno Historical Society of any of the products, services or opinions of the organization or individual on the external site or for that of subsequent links.  Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

Last Updated Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 01:55 PM.