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HOMEPAGE_pers-treas-2013-1Bring your family heirlooms or flea market finds and learn about their historical significance at Personal Treasures, September 13–15 at the Old Capitol Museum. Special sessions held at 1 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday will give more in-depth explanations about textile conservation, care of a historic home, and donating personal items for long term preservation. Consultations will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 “Many people bring old family pictures, everything from black-and-white and painted photos to Polaroids to photo albums, and want to know how to take care of them,” said MDAH photo curator Jeff Rogers. “A common problem is damage from glue or tape used to secure photographs. We see this a lot and can help people with the best strategy for protecting their photos. We also teach the public the proper storage methods for photographs and have contact information for archival supply companies.”

At 1 p.m. on Friday, September 13, retired Governor Mansion curator and quilt expert Mary Lohrenz will present “How to Care for Your Textiles.” Project managers Cindy Gardner and Jacqueline Dace will discuss the 2 Mississippi Museums at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and architectural historian Bill Gatlin will present “Basic Steps to Caring for Your Historic House” at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Eighteen experts, including Natchez historian Cheryl Waldrep, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science paleontology curator George Phillips, MDAH staff, and private consultants will be on hand to identify and offer tips on the care of decorative and household objects, textiles, photographs, paper documents, books, archaeological artifacts, and military items, including antique firearms.

“Mississippians spend lots of time outdoors, and many have come across some sort of artifact—be it a stone point made by a Native American, a square-headed nail from the eighteenth-century, or a Minie ball from the Civil War,” said MDAH chief archaeologist Pam Edwards Lieb. “Our staff can help the owners determine the age, original use, and significance of these artifacts.”

Attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of Guide to Collections Care, an overview of the storage needs of different types of collections including pamphlets, ephemera, costumes, and photo albums, and Bookcraft, a step-by-step illustrated instruction manual for repairing books.

Consultations may be limited to fifteen minutes per person depending on the number of participants. No appraisals will be made, but information will be provided on appraisal options. For more information call 601-576-6800.

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