Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Saving the Tree: Preserving Family History

The Arkansas History Commission and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Powhatan Courthouse in Powhatan Historic State Park. The theme of the workshop will be “Saving the Tree: Preserving Family History.”

There will be three hands-on sessions focused on the organization and preservation of family documents, photographs, and heirlooms, including  “Papers and Photographs” and  “Artifacts and Heirlooms” presented by staff from the Arkansas History Commission, Powhatan Historic State Park, Plantation Agriculture Museum, and Jacksonport State Park.  The final session will be held at nearby Powhatan Cemetery with Arkansas Historic Preservation’s Special Projects Historian Holly Hope giving a presentation on caring for headstones and markers. 

The event will also feature a scanning booth at NEARA.  Participants are invited to bring in material for scanning.  An AHC archivist will scan and save to CDs copies of scanned material for the participants, who will be asked to share the digital copies with the Arkansas History Commission for research, exhibits and publication. 

The workshop is free but registration is required. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be catered.  All session supplies and materials will be provided. Registrants will also receive samples of archival supplies donated by Hollinger Metal Edge.  Registration is limited and deadline for registration is Sept. 16, so be sure to make reservations soon!

The Arkansas History Commission, located in Little Rock, is the official state archives of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world. The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is a branch of the Arkansas History Commission and is dedicated to collecting and preserving primary source materials that represent the unique history, culture and heritage of northeast Arkansas.  Located at 11 Seventh Street in Powhatan, NEARA has been open since 2011. 

For more information about the symposium or to register, email: northeast.archives@arkansas.gov or by phone at 870-878-6521.

This event is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and is done in cooperation with Powhatan Historic State Park.