Caring for Family Keepsakes

Thursday, 4/25/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This session was presented on April 25, 2019. Access the recording now:

This presentation highlights basic archival care for common family treasures such as photo albums, loose photographs, Bibles, clocks, jewelry, and more. Dozens of photos illustrate proper storage practices, and damage resulting from poor storage and common hazards such as silverfish, mold, and acid migration. Discover what to save when you inherit a houseful of “treasures,” how and where to store your keepsakes, and how to set up a home archive so you can easily access items for research and sharing.

Learning Outcomes

Takeaways from this webinar include:

  • Understanding the value of preserving family history
  • Comprehension of Archives 101: What Do I Do With All This Stuff?
  • Preservation tips for popular family heirlooms
  • Damage Control: how to choose suitable home storage
  • How to identify pests and other risks
  • Best practices for home digitization

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning more about how to preserve their family history. This Preservation Week webinar is intended to provide a programming opportunity for public libraries to share with their patrons. 


Denise May Levenick is a genealogist, writer, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of The Family Curator website and the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes and How to Archive Family Photos (FamilyTree Books). 




How to Register

This session was presented on April 25, 2019. Access the recording now:

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Tech Requirements

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For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Program Officer, Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or


PARS Preservation Outreach Committee