To celebrate the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week, The Genealogy Center is bringing you a week full of opportunities to learn how to care for your family treasures. Classes include:

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1:00pm, Meeting Room A & Maker Lab
“Using the Maker Lab to Preserve Family History”- Sara Allen
Learn how ACPL’s Maker Lab can be used to preserve your family history. Join us as we tour the Maker Lab and learn how to convert family wedding videos to DVD; transfer family vacation slides to digital files; make 3-D replicas of family memorabilia, sports and company logos, and more. Space is limited. Call or email to reserve spot.
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:30pm – Discovery Center
“Your Home Museum: Websites to Aid in the Preservation of Personal Memorabilia”- Delia Bourne
Most of us have personal items we wish to preserve, either for monetary or intrinsic value. Such personal heirlooms can be jewelry and silver, vinyl record albums, collectible cards, art and much more. This session will introduce a number of websites that can provide guidance to the novice in the care and conservation of personal memorabilia.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 2:30pm – Discovery Center
“Beyond the Family Bible: Using Heirlooms in Genealogical Research” - John Beatty
This sessions will discuss how to analyze a variety of inherited items - books, textiles, photographs, jewelry, paintings - and how they can aid in doing genealogical research. Often there are clues imbedded in such items that researchers can use to their advantage if they know where and how to look. The talk will also discuss a variety of printed sources for heirloom evaluation and mention some ways of preserving them.

 Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:30pm, Discovery Center
“Preserving Family Documents”- Tamara Hemmerlein
Family records are an invaluable source of information. Caring for them can be a challenge for any family historian. Learn simple, effective techniques for preserving family documents and while still keeping them accessible for research. Tamara Hemmerlein is currently Director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
“Scanning Demo” - Kay Spears
Join us for a short scanning demonstration. So, you finally have that scanner and you’re itching to start preserving your family photographs but you don’t know where to begin. This program will be a short demonstration on how to get started with your scanning project. Attendees are invited to bring their photos for this demonstration.

Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
“Preserving Precious Paper: Conservation Techniques for Paper Materials” – Allison Singleton
As genealogists, we all have a large amount of historic family documents.  Learn how to safely repair tears, properly store, and care for your paper materials in this session.  No supplies are needed. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – Discovery Center
“Life Stories” - Curt Witcher
Come see what our new Life Stories Center is all about and learn some of the best practices for interviewing family, friends and community members!

For more information, see the brochure. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email to register for any of these free events.