Friday, August 30, 2013

Some upcoming genealogy happenins'

Ancestry.com is offering free access to Immigration and Travel Records for the Labor Day weekend.   Good time to get some free info!

Also, a library in Michigan is giving a free course on Preserving Family Treasures: 

 MCLS invites you to view "Preserving Family Treasures" on September 9, 2013 at 6 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). You can attend in-person at the Delta Township District Library in Lansing, Michigan or online via live stream here: http://www.mcls.org/treasures. No log-in is necessary. This event will be recorded and made available in the future. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this information with your patrons and to host viewing parties at your library.

Do you have grandma’s wedding gown, a tintype of a great-great uncle during the Civil War or even the family bible from the old country? Family and personal historical collections are a diary of where we come from and what is important to us. Most of these collections are stored in attics, basements or under other conditions which constantly place them in harm’s way.

Internationally recognized preservationist and the ALA 2012 Ken Haycock Award winner Jeanne Drewes'  presentation will focus on appropriate storage environments, enclosure options for varying formats, steps to mitigate damage and handling instructions.  If you are a family historian or the caretaker of a small library or historical society collection this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the very best. You may bring materials for recommendations from Ms. Drewes after her public presentation.

Ms Drewes currently serves as Chief of Binding and Collections Care in the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress and as Manager for the Mass Deacidification Program.

Librarian for Conservation and Digitization at the Library of Michigan Kevin Driedger will also join the conversation during the Q and A period of this event.

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