As sincere and trained stewards of cultural heritage, we believe that memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations, either within a family or via reputable institutions.
The Heritage Health Index survey (2005) revealed shocking statistics about the dire state of preservation of cultural heritage. A key conclusion of the survey was that people at all levels of government and the private sector must take responsibility for the survival of these collections. An essential step is strengthening everyone’s awareness of the importance and scope of preservation needs. The American Library Association and partner organizations have responded to the call for action with a week dedicated to heightening awareness of practical practices and techniques to insure that memories and treasures will last a lifetime and will be passed on to future generations in better condition because of those behaviors.
In other words, Preservation Week inspires actions to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archive collections. It also raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing ongoing preservation education and information. The Beaufort District Collection promotes Preservation Week to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.
The BDC has marked Preservation Week with local programs each year since its inception. For 2016, I'm going to put a slightly different spin on it. Instead of offering a workshop or lectures, we're having a Preservation Day Drop-In in the lobby of the Beaufort Branch at 311 Scott Street. Ashley and I will be on hand, 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday, April 26th, to answer questions and distribute hand-outs to folks interested in learning how to better take care of their own family treasures.
Like all BDC programs this is an opportunity to learn something on a specific topic offered at no charge to anyone interested in dropping by with their questions about how to take good care of their "stuff."
Please share far and wide!