Tecumseh Public Library
The “Caring for Family Treasures” exhibit will begin its tour of the state of Oklahoma from July 1-15 at the Tecumseh Public Library. The exhibit is open to the public to learn how to care for their family heirlooms.
Designed by collections care professionals, the exhibit consists of 12 panels with best practices on how to care for items including textiles, recordings such as cassettes and family videos, jewelry, clocks and watches, photographs, paintings and paper items such as letters, certificates and maps. Natural materials such as fur, feathers, wood, and leather, as well as decorative metals such as silver, brass and copper are covered. The exhibit offers helpful hints on the proper display, storage and handling of items, as well as expert advice on things not to do.
“National studies have found that our heritage is at risk and the irreplaceable items that define us are being lost or damaged because they are not receiving proper care," said Susan Feller, co-director of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust.
"Individuals, as well as the archives, libraries and museums that we entrust with our collective heritage, need help. In addition to providing individuals with practical ways to care for items of importance, it is our hope this exhibit will raise awareness of the collections care needs of Oklahoma archives, libraries and museums."
The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is an alliance between the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Museums Association and many additional supporting partners. The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is dedicated to working together with Oklahoma's collections-based archives, libraries and museums to improve support for collections care through training and public awareness. Activities are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency.
For more information on the exhibit, visit www.culturalheritagetrust.org or call 522-3515.
For more information on this summer’s offerings at the Tecumseh Public Library, call 598-5955.