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WKU to host photo, scrapbook preservation workshops Oct. 18-19

WKU Special Collections Library will host an all-day photograph preservation workshop on Oct. 18 and a half-day scrapbook preservation workshop on Oct. 19. Workshops will be held at the Kentucky Building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18 and 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 19.

WorkShopFlierArt Conservator Gary Albright of Honeoye, N.Y., will be leading the photograph preservation workshop on Friday. Albright brings a wealth of experience, including his previous position as conservator at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, in Rochester, N.Y. He has treated a diverse array of objects, including the Emancipation Proclamation, a Honus Wagner baseball card, Ansel Adams’ photographs, and working drafts of the Constitution of the United States. The workshop is designed to focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for historic photographic collections.

“Albright provides an excellent overview of the history of photography and basic care,” said Nancy Richey, WKU Special Collections Librarian. “He lets students learn by example and has a hands-on approach. Everyone, from beginner to professional will learn something from his workshop.”

Jennifer Hain Teper is leading the Saturday morning workshop that will address preservation challenges for historic scrapbooks. Participants will be given simple methods to assist with handling and long-term storage of their valuable and unique artifacts. Teper is Head of Conservation and Preservation for the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches several preservation and conservation-related courses in the graduate school of Library and Information Science at the University, and also serves as an instructor at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation.

According to Richey, the Saturday morning workshop is relevant for anyone who has an interest in preserving old scrapbooks. “Whether you are an archivist for your church, obtained an old family album, or just want to learn more about storing your valuable memories, this workshop will help,” Richey said.

The all-day workshop costs $100 and the half-day workshop is $50; Friends of WKU Libraries receive a discount. For information, contact Nancy Richey at (270) 745-6092. To register contact Richey or visit www.wku.edu/library and click on the workshops.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977.

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