May 01, 2007|
As the weather warms and the flowers bloom, windows closed to winter's cold winds are once again opened to spring's warm breezes. For some of us, this signals it is time for spring cleaning. All the dust and dirt are removed and all the clutter is moved curbside for the garbage truck. As the sorting begins, please, remember that once something is gone it is gone forever. What about that old picture of Great-grandma Elsie? Or is it Great-aunt Fiona? And what about that old Bible with the funny looking handwriting in it? Oh, who really cares? Well, there is probably someone out there who really does care.
Here at the Bassett Historical Center, we love to take care of those old family items and share them with others. We maintain the center at a constant temperature and humidity level which are conducive to the preservation of the items in our collections. Old family photos, Bibles and other original materials are stored in an archival quality, acid-free environment. If the materials are too fragile to be handled, we make copies that are accessible to researchers and safely archive the originals. So, before tossing any old photos or other family and/or historical items, please, remember the Historical Center would cherish your items and the material would be available to researchers both today and in the future.
If you decide you want to hang on to your family history and pictures, be sure to take advantage of all the wonderful acid-free items available to us today. With the increased interest in genealogy and scrap-booking over the past few years, there has been a huge increase in all things acid-free: paper, plastic sleeves, pens, glue and framing materials are just a few that you can find at a number of local stores. Whatever your decision is as to the fate of your family's materials, remember to keep them safe for the generations to come.
Cindy Hubbard Headen
Bassett Historical Center
"The Roots that make Us One are Stronger than the Branches that Divide Us"