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.

Excerpt of letter from 1831

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historic letters stored in box

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Front page of Chicago Defender

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Postcard from Faulkner Hospital

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The StoryCorps booth at Nashville Public Library

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Tweet announcing Library of Congress' new archive

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Signature of Abraham Lincoln

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Brooklyn grape vendor, in 1886

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