Monday, December 22, 2014

Historical society offers behind-the-scenes look at preservation process

By KATE SHELTON, Herald Staff Writer | 8/4/2014

Interested in preserving history?

The Franklin County Historical Society plans to grant residents an all-access pass behind the scenes of the preservation process Thursday with its “From Attic to Exhibit” workshop. The program is set to show the steps from when an artifact is received by the historical society to when it is displayed in an exhibit.

Interested in preserving history?

The Franklin County Historical Society plans to grant residents an all-access pass behind the scenes of the preservation process Thursday with its “From Attic to Exhibit” workshop. The program is set to show the steps from when an artifact is received by the historical society to when it is displayed in an exhibit.

“It’s a lengthy process, but we’ll simplify it,” Deb Barker, Franklin County Historical Society director, said.

The workshop is set to begin 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Franklin County Records and Research Center, 1124 W. 7th St. Terrace, Ottawa, and end 12:30 p.m. at The Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh, Ottawa. The $15 workshop cost goes toward purchasing an acid-free box for artifact preservation and storage. Registrations should be made by phone at (785) 242-1232 or email at barkerd@olddepotmuseum.org

“This is the first time [for the event],” Barker said. “Other museums have done it but this is the first time for us.”

Three artifacts — a photograph, something three dimensional, and a textile — are expected to be shown during the workshop, she said. The process for each artifact typically takes about an hour a piece to catalog, mark, photograph and then pack for storage, Barker said.

Participants will receive gloves to handle artifacts and will be allowed access to storage areas not typically seen by the public. In the storage areas, preservation and storage techniques to keep the artifact maintained and combat deterioration will be shown.

Finally, participants will learn the security and preservation methods the historical society performs once an artifact is on display at The Old Depot Museum, Barker said.

Founded in 1937, the Franklin County Historical Society houses more than 35,000 artifacts.

The Old Depot Museum now is featuring a Franklin County Photographers exhibit through the end of August. The next historical society activity is a Dietrich Cabin Living History Event 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the cabin in City Park, Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa.

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