Main Street will host workshop on document preservation Oct. 16

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Resource file will be created at LaRue County Public Library

By The Staff

Just about everybody has a secret cache of things they are saving for the future eyes of family members, community historians, or just a vague idea of “posterity.” Maybe it’s a shoebox filled with family treasures. Perhaps it’s a special drawer where you stash old photos or negatives that are threatening to fade away, a scrapbook with pages crumbling or mementos stuck under plastic pages – secure, yes, but not preserved.

Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance has received a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council for a workshop that will teach the best way to preserve historical items. It will be 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. A light lunch will be served at noon.

The cost of the entire event is only $10, but the number of participants will be limited and pre-registration is required.

Louise Jones, Director, Special Collections and Library for the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, will give an overview materials. She will talk about general care and preservation guidelines. There will be hands-on housing demonstrations with book boxes, foldering and interleaving and stabilization.

Most people have no idea of how to preserve these items, said Jones, and they either leave them alone in hopes they’ll just last on their own, or they do things that are very likely to do more harm than good. Technology and knowledge about the best preservation methods is changing all the time, she said.

The first 45 pre-registrants will receive preservation starter kits and Jones will demonstrate their use.

After the workshop, a permanent resource file on preservation of materials will be established at the LaRue County Public Library.

Main Street Manager Celia McDonald said she is thrilled to “present this unique opportunity to the community.

“Main Street is very much about preservation of our historic buildings, but we need knowledge of the people who used them and the events that went on there to really bring the community’s history to life, and a lot of that important information is stashed away in personal, unpreserved collections.”

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Lincoln Museum, LaRue Fiscal Court, the LaRue County Public Library, the LaRue County Genealogy Society, the LaRue Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hodgenville.

To pre-register, contact McDonald at the Hodgenville Main Street office at 60 Lincoln Square, 358-5913, mainstreethodgenville @mainstreet.net or www.facebook.com/HodgenvilleMainStreet.