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Learn How to Preserve Family Treasures at Museum Program

Apr 12, 2015 09:00PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Genealogist, historian, and librarian Tina Beaird checks out preservation resources at the Little White School Museum in Oswego in preparation for "Preserving Family Heirlooms," a program she'll present at the museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Participants will learn the latest preservation techniques for heirlooms from textiles to photos to scrapbooks. Admission donation is $5. Email or call 630-554-2999 for more information.

Despite our best, most careful efforts, could we end up harming the priceless family heirlooms we’re trying to preserve? Tina Beaird says the answer to that question is yes.

On Saturday, April 25, starting at 1:30  p.m. at Oswego’s Little White School Museum, Beaird will present “Preserving Family Heirlooms,” outlining not only which popular storage and display procedures could destroy the very heirlooms their owners wish to preserve, but also the best and safest ways to preserve family heirlooms, from diplomas to photographs to books to wedding dresses.

The museum is located at 72 Polk St. (Polk at Jackson) in Oswego.

Beaird will offer suggestions on preserving those and many other family keepsakes as well as offering tips and solutions for preserving and restoring other precious family objects for future generations, including suggestions for preserving both historic and modern family scrapbooks. She will also cover destructive and harmful methods many have used in the past in attempts to preserve heirlooms, including “magnetic” photo albums and laminating documents.

Beaird, a resident of Oswego and a member of the Oswegoland Heritage Association Board, is the genealogy and local history librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. A graduate of Dominican University with a master’s degree in library and information science specializing in archives and preservation; she often puts her training to work helping and consulting with local organizations and historical societies.

She is a member of the Village of Oswego Historic Preservation Commission and is a member of many genealogical societies including the Illinois State Genealogical Society. She has lectured on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation, and archival procedures at national, state and local conferences, has offered professional assistance to researchers for more than a decade, and has been researching her family’s history, as time permits, for more than 20 years.

Admission donation is $5. This program is suitable for family historians age 16 and above. No preregistration is required. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s operations.

Visitors are invited to tour the community museum before and after Saturday’s program.

Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 630-554-2999, send an email to, or visit the museum web site
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