The ‘Caring for Family Treasures’ exhibit will be on display at Western’s Learning Resource Center from June 10 through June 27. from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public to learn how to care for their family heirlooms.
Designed by collections care professionals from the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust, the exhibit consists of 12 panels with best practices on how to care for items including textiles, recordings such as cassettes and family videos, jewelry, clocks and watches, photographs, paintings and paper items such as letters, certificates and maps. Natural materials such as fur, feathers, wood, and leather, as well as decorative metals such as silver, brass and copper are covered. The exhibit offers helpful hints on the proper display, storage and handling of items, as well as expert advice on things not to do.
“This special exhibit is helpful for the public to better understand how to care for their irreplaceable heirlooms,” said Suzanne Rooker, Westen’s LRC Director. “Almost everyone has special items passed down through generations and it is important to learn how to best care for them in order to preserve family history and memories for generations to come.”
A full schedule of workshops related to the care of family heirlooms will be offered during the exhibits display. The workshops are also free and open to the public. The following are offerings are scheduled June 10 – 24.
June 10th 7:00pm-9:00pm Usage of Lavender – Jag Sodhi from Lavender Valley Acres (Apache, OK)
June 16th 11:00am-11:30am The Micro World of Bugs (Collecting and Displaying Bugs) – Norman Berfield from Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)
June 16th 11:30am-12:00pm Collecting and Preserving Posters – Kasie Dibble from Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)
June 16th 12:00pm-12:30pm Creating Digital Libraries – Suzanne Rooker from Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)
June 16th 12:30pm-1:00pm Archiving the WOSC Learning Resources Center – Kasie Dibble, Cecilia Martinez & Suzanne Rooker from Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)
June 17th 7:00pm-9:00pm Book Mending – Vicki Melton & Carol Downs from Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)
June 18th 11:00am-Noon Instrument Repair & Maintenance – Steve Gilbert & Justin Stricklin (Altus, OK)
June 18th 7:00pm-7:30pm Caring For Your Jewelry – Shannon Preston from Crown Jewelry (Altus, OK)
June 18th 7:30pm-8:00pm The History of Military Challenge Coins – Jim Dowell w/ displays from the Tommy Franks Museum from Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)
June 19th, 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Preserving Family History – Judy Forehand from The Old Greer County Museum and Hall of Fame (Mangum, OK).
June 19th 7:00pm-9:00pm Preserving History through Literacy & Poetry – Eddie Wilcoxin Former Oklahoma Poet Laureate 2011-2012 (Altus, OK)
June 23rd 7:00pm-8:00pm Scrapbooking – Loran Mayes from The How-To Palace (Altus, OK)
June 23rd 8:00pm-9:00pm Saving the Bees – Gary Rose from Tipton Valley Honey Farm (Tipton, OK)
June 24th 7:15pm-8:00pm CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Structures at Quartz Mountain State Park – Sue Hoakinson Quartz Mountain State Park (Lonewolf, OK)
June 25th 7:00pm-8:00pm Repairing Stain Glass – Stephani Nachatilo from Nachatilo Art & Jewelry (Oklahoma City, OK)
June 25th 8:00pm-9:00pm Caring for Wild Game – Kevin Cryer from Well Hung Taxidermy (Tipton, OK)
June 26th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Digitizing the Old Greer County Museum and Hall of Fame Photo Collection – Stephen Dock from Old Greer County Museum and Hall of Fame (Mangum, OK)
June 26th 7:00pm-8:00pm Photography – Ray Miller (Altus, OK)
June 26th 8:00pm-8:30pm Quilting – Annette Miller (Altus, OK)
June 26th 8:30pm-9:00pm Archival Framing of Pictures and Artifacts – Carol Downs from Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)