By Jess King
The McGoogan Library invites you to celebrate National Preservation Month with us this May. During the month of May, institutions across the country celebrate and bring attention to the preservation of our history. This can range from the preservation of well-known historic sites such as the Acoma Sky City located in New Mexico to the WWII letters and army uniform gathering dust in your attic.
For this year’s National Preservation Month, we are sharing resources to help you preserve your family history. The social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic make this the perfect time to consider preserving your family’s history for future generations. One resource to learn how to preserve your family history is from the Library of Congress. They provide methods and guidance for preserving history that you have in various formats (documents, media, books, etc). There are also numerous webinar recordings that you can view, such as Caring for Family Keepsakes, Preserving Your Family History, Caring for Your Textiles, Using Oral History to Tell Your Family Stories and Preserving Family Recipes.
We will also be highlighting some of the objects in the McGoogan Library’s collection that we are responsible for preserving. Follow our Facebook or Twitter accounts this month to learn more about preservation and to see a sampling of the historic materials in our collection.