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    Preservation Tips and Techniques Help Club Protect Family Heirlooms



    Julienne Crawford picked up an acid-free box. Behind her, a PowerPoint outlined storage materials that would help preserve antiques and heirlooms.

    “Light can damage certain material, including textiles, so storing material in boxes away from light is important,” Crawford said. In fact, the State Archives recently ran into the problem of “shattered” silk in a 1913 Arkansas state flag, she said. Crawford explained that not only light played into the silk shattering, but also that historic silks were often processed with salts to make it heavier to be sold by the pound and the salts damage the silk over time.

    Crawford, the curator and collections services coordinator at the Arkansas State Archives, recently presented “Preserving Your Family Heirlooms” for the Heritage Seekers Genealogy Club of Arkansas at the Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. About 22 people turned out to hear how best to care for old family photos, silver, glass, wood, quilts and other artifacts.

    Crawford is knowledgeable in the preservation field, said Leeh Wilkinson, a club member who attended the lecture. Wilkinson said Crawford’s tips and demonstrations will help her preserve her own family’s history and heirlooms.

    “We all have some things that – whether they are museum quality or not – they are important to us,” Wilkinson said.

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