Preservation Fair 2009: Saving Your Family Treasures

Have you ever come across a gorgeous old book that was falling apart and wondered if there was any way to save it?  Or thought about ways to restore all those old photographs you found in the attic?  Tomorrow’s your chance to speak with experts about these topics and more.  Preservation Fair 2009, held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, will take place on February 28 between 10 and 4.  The event is free with admission to the museum, and you can hear lectures, watch demonstrations, or just talk with some of the vendors.  Some of the highlights of the day will include:

  • A book dunk!  Students from the University of Pittsburgh’s Library and Information Science program will have presentations throughout the day on how to handle and care for wet books. 
  • Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Archives will speak about how to take care of your home movies from 11:30-12:15 in the Museum’s Earth Theater.
  • Also in the Earth Theater, Tom Clareson from PALINET will talk about how to preserve things during disasters from 12:15-1:00.
  • Conservators, preservation experts, and vendors will be there all day for informal discussions on how to take care of your books, movies, photographs, and more.  No appraisals will be given, but feel free to bring in an example from home of something you’re interested in preserving. 
  • CLP will be there too!  Both the Reference Services Department and the Pennsylvania Department will have displays of materials that you can check out on conservation and preservation. 

–Irene

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