National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: October 18, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives Special Event Rescheduled - November 2, 2013

For More Information Contact:
Lori Cox-Paul, 816-268-8017

Kansas City,(MO)… The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering Preservation Matters: Dos and Don’ts, Digital Records, and Disaster Response on Saturday, November 2. The event will feature workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a Preservation One-on-One clinic from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The presenters include staff members from the National Archives at Kansas City and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. The event will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

8:30 – 9:20 a.m. Preservation Myths: The Things We Do…and What We Should Do Instead

Have you ever opened a box of priceless family records, only to find them torn, brittle, and damaged? Have you tried to fix the damage yourself? You may be surprised to learn that some of these “fixes” irreparably harm fragile documents. Learn how to best care for your paper-based records before the damage occurs.

9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Caring for Your Family Treasures

Are you hanging on to your wedding dress in the hopes that one day your daughter or granddaughter will wear it? What about all that family china and sterling silver flatware you use at Thanksgiving? Learn how to care for and store your family treasures, and make sure they last for the next generations!

10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Preserving Your Digital Heritage

In the past, your family’s photographic collection probably consisted of prints made with a single family camera. In the 21st century, we’ve gone digital with our phones, tablets, computers, and cameras. Technology has made it easier to capture memories, but has complicated the process of storing them. This session will show you how to organize, centralize, and protect your collections.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All Wet! Responding to Floods, Leaks, and Other Damp Disasters

It’s bound to happen. A pipe will burst or a leaky roof will drip, and family papers, books, and photos will be awash in water. Learn quick response tips to salvage sodden heirlooms, and stop or prevent mold damage. Pick up practical advice on spotting disasters just waiting to happen.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Preservation One-on-One Clinic - by reservation only

Reserve your 15-minute time slot to bring a single item to the Preservation One-on-One clinic, and receive personal advice on how to preserve it. Call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov to save a seat.

To make a reservation for these free events, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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