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ASU Museum holds Family Heritage Preservation workshop Oct. 23

October 13, 2010 -- The Arkansas State University Museum will host a Family Heritage Preservation workshop on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The workshop fee is $45, but the information it will impart is priceless.

Learn how to preserve photographs, quilts, christening gowns, family Bibles, military funeral flags, and more, for future generations of family. Each participant will go home with an archival quality preservation kit—a $35.00 value— for beginning the preservation of family treasures immediately. The kit includes acid-free supplies: storage box, file folders, tissue, and textile tags, as well as archival polyethylene photo envelopes, and curator’s gloves. 

The archival quality preservation kit, at $35 dollars, makes a marvelous holiday gift. The kits are available in the ASU Museum gift shop. The creation of a family archive, starting with the kit, is truly something friends and family will enjoy, as they preserve cherished artifacts and mementos.

The workshop will cover how to clean—and when not to clean—items, and it will also cover storage methods, and how to create a stable environment for objects.  This workshop will help individuals preserve a family’s heritage and ensure that old photographs will be correctly identified and stored; theThe ASU Museum's Family Heritage Preservation workshop will provide participants with an archival quality preservation kit and priceless information about preserving family treasures, like this old photo of a Pocahontas parade band. session will demonstrate how to store precious garments, possibly a garment for a great-grandchild’s christening; and this advance planning may help guarantee that the old quilt—handmade by a beloved grandmother—won’t be used for a drop cloth.

The workshop is by reservation only; visit the museum's workshop page ( and reserve a space, or call Dr. Lenore Shoults, (870) 972-2074, for additional information.

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