About the Program
Preservation 101: Preserving Your Family Keepsakes
I think we all have heard the stories – Grandmother Mary’s wedding dress, when removed from the plastic film and cardboard box, was discolored and the lace had become a tasty snack for a family of bugs. Remember those “magnetic” scrapbooks from the 1970s whose pages now hold our precious photographs hostage? What happened? Can we actually prevent this from happening again?
This workshop will inform you about best practices and help you make decisions about preserving your documents, photographs, scrapbooks, textiles, and artifacts. Topics covered will include information about housing, handling, and storage, as well as discussions about supplies and knowing who to call if disaster strikes.
The proper care and protection of your family’s treasures ensures that you will be able to pass them along to the next generation.
About the Speaker
Stephanie George is the Special Collections & Archives Librarian for Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, where she oversees the University Archives and acts as the art subject liaison. She holds a BA in American studies, an MA in history, and a master’s in library and information science. Her work at Chapman includes, but isn’t limited to, curating exhibits, preservation, and maintaining physical and intellectual control over the paper and digital collections in the archives.
In addition to her archival work, Stephanie is active in the historical community, holding several positions on local, regional, and national boards, including the Orange County Historical Society and California Council for the Promotion of History. Her research and writing is primarily focused on local history, specifically Orange County and Southern California culture.
She’s an avid genealogist and has traveled the last ten years, visiting and researching in the areas in which her family has lived in the past 150 years.