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Preserving Family Documents

This informal class will explore how to properly care for your family documents so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.  We will be discussing the preservation issues of objects ranging from scrapbooks to letters to photo albums.  Different types of documents present different challenges and many heirlooms combine more than one material with specific preservation needs.  We will deal with both the general theory that drives document preservation as well as its day-to-day applications.  We will go over how to properly store, handle, and display your heirlooms and discuss some common pitfalls to avoid.  We won’t be learning how to repair or restore damaged documents, but if you come to the class you will learn the reason why.

Examples of document types, what to do to preserve them—and what not to do!—will be pulled from the SCHA's historical document collection.  Come join us for the afternoon and bring some of your (sturdy!) treasures to show off and swap stories about. You'll leave with a good sense of how best to care for the material documenting your family's heritage.

$12/Admission, $10/SCHA Members

*Attendance is capped at 15 participants. Reservations can be made by calling (864)596-3501 or emailing

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