Preservation Week April 21-27, 2013

Libraries, museums, archives and other organizations work every day to preserve cultural history.  Over 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and archaeological repositories in the United States.

Why is preservation important?  Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan such as natural disasters, and 1.3 billion of these items are at risk of being lost. If billions of items are at risk at our heritage institutions, than plausibly trillions of items held by the general public are at risk.

During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

We've compiled some resources to help you preserve your family treasures and learn what to when disaster strikes. There's also an activity guide filled with fun projects to get the whole family involved.

Street scene in Flushing in 1935

Libraries play a vital role in their communities, gathering people together to share a variety of cultural experiences.

One role is to...

Preservation Week 2012, April 22-28

During the week of April 22-28, libraries will celebrate Preservation Week @ your library.

It will be a time for libraries to highlight...

Movie poster: THe Big Heat

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Twitter bird (logo) with silhouette of Library of Congress

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film strip

In this age of DVDs and streaming video, the phrase "home movies" takes on a quaint and nostalgic glow.

It takes us back to...

Library of Congress Packard Campus

Nestled in the hills of Virginia, 70 miles from Washington, D.C., is the Packard Campus that houses the Library of Congress' film and sound...

Library of Congress Packard campus

What would our life be like without films like Casablanca? Or the rich legacy of gospel and jazz music?

Life would go on, but it would be a...

the Library of Congress Packard Campus

About an hour or so away from Washington, D.C. by car, Culpeper, Va. is rich in history.

During the Revolutionary War, a Culpeper resident...

Univac print out  (partial) from 1962 Seattle World's Fair

In May of 1962, a family of three took a two-week road trip through the Pacific Northwest.  Nearly 50 years later, some of their vacation...

Roy Rogers, one of the Sons of the Pioneers

The controversial release of the first recording of contemporary stand-up comedy, the country music hit that divided American women, and an...