Monday, April 8, 2013

National Preservation Week Events in Richmond, Texas, April 2013

National Preservation Week is coming. The Fort Bend County Library System has a full slate of activities planned and they were kind enough to share them here:

Spring cleaning often unearths forgotten family treasures. Without proper care, some of the items can be lost or become inaccessible to future generations. Fort Bend County Libraries will recognize National Preservation Week, April 21-27, with a series of programs on preserving photographs, personal oral histories, and local history. The theme for this year's Preservation Week is "Pass It On @ Your Library."

The programs will begin on Monday, April 22, with "Collecting Your Family's Oral Histories." The program will begin at 6:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of George Memorial Library in Richmond, and will be presented by Daniel Sample, manager of the library's Local History and Genealogy department. Learn the basics of conducting and collecting interviews for oral histories, and how to confirm the content of the stories with authoritative sources.

On Wednesday, April 24, the class "Beginner's Digital Photography: Scanning & Storage Basics" will take place at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library in Katy. Saving pictures to a computer disk or online not only saves storage space, it also preserves the printed pictures from damage or age.

At 7:00 pm, on April 24, Claire Rogers will present "Saving Your Community: The Importance of Historical Preservation" in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library in Richmond. Site manager at the Fort Bend Museum, Rogers will discuss efforts that are being done to preserve historical places and artifacts in Fort Bend County. She will also discuss volunteer opportunities that are available in local-history preservation efforts. Reservations are not required for this program.

 "Creative Memories: Paper-Bag Scrapbooking" will take place on April 24, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the Missouri City Branch Library. Adult Services librarian Deeba Rehman will demonstrate how to preserve family memories by creating a mini-scrapbook with paper bags. Bring small photographs and mementos or ephemera that can be cut up and glued to create a lasting repository preserving special family memories and events.

The programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are required for all programs except for the "Saving Your Community" program. To register online at the library's website (, click on "Calendar," select the library, and find the program. Participants may also register by calling George Memorial Library at 281-341-2608, the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311, or the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-238-2100, or by visiting the library.

Preservation Week @ your library is a collaborative effort supported by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association), the Library of Congress, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information about the Fort Bend County library system and its services, call the libraries' Public Information Office at 281-341-2677, or visit the library's website at

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