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Libraries to host discussion on preserving family history in Topeka

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Before you toss that old family portrait or stack of letters, remember that it might be history. The University of Kansas Libraries, in partnership with the KU Alumni Association, will present "Preserving Family History," a discussion explaining the importance of family keepsakes and how to preserve them, on May 4 in Topeka.

A discussion led by Conservator Whitney Baker and Archivist Sherry Williams will explain how to recognize the value of your family's historic artifacts and offer techniques for preserving photographs, documents and newspaper clippings.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 10 a.m. to noon in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. A light breakfast will be served. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Rachel Karwas at 785-864-8961 or

Baker, an associate librarian and conservator at KU Libraries, specializes in repairing and maintaining rare books and manuscripts. She recently has received international attention for her research in developing preservation methods for bumper stickers.

Williams, curator of collections at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, oversees the Kansas Collection and works to acquire primary sources that document the Kansas experience and provide researchers with materials that document the history of the region.

The Kenneth Spencer Research Library's faculty and staff are dedicated to the preservation of diverse collections ranging from medieval manuscripts and other rare books to Kansas historical records and national political documents. Visit Spencer Research Library for more information.

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