Organizing and Preserving Your Family Treasures



Organizing and Preserving Your Family Treasures







Saturday, April 27, 1:30 - 3:45 PM
Presented by Lindsay Sprechman, Archivist and Todd Pattison, Conservator
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Cost: Free


Celebrate National Preservation Week by learning how to care for your family treasures! Like any family historian, you’ve amassed family papers, photographs, Bibles, letters, and other paper-based objects relating to your family—some of which can be quite old and fragile. Whether you wish to pass on these items to the next generation or donate them to a local repository or genealogical society, it's important to think about your collection's future. Join Collections Archivist Lindsay Sprechman and Conservator Todd Pattison to learn how to assess your collection for preservation needs, store and care for photographs and albums, and organize your collection.

1:30 Preserving Your Family Treasures, presented by Todd Pattison, Conservator Gain strategies for preserving your family’s cultural heritage, with a focus on ways to store your material to ensure long-term survival.
2:45 Organizing Your Family Papers, presented by Lindsay Sprechman, Collections Archivist Collections Archivist Lindsay Sprechman will discuss how to organize your combined papers and family ephemera with an eye to its future.

About our Speakers:

Todd Pattison, Conservator, works to preserve and care for the Society’s collection of books, manuscripts and fine art. Todd comes to NEHGS with more than 25 years of experience from the Northeast Document Conservation Center, and has also worked as Collections Conservator at the Harvard College Library. Todd is an active member of the New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, a Fellow in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), and for the past five years has taught the course “American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800-1900” for Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Nazareth College and an M.L.S. from the University of Alabama. His research interests include the lives and business careers of nineteenth century American bookbinders.

Lindsay Sprechman, Collections Archivist began her work at The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society in October 2014 as an intern and joined the staff in August 2015. As Collections Archivist, Lindsay manages processing projects and is responsible for reviewing and encoding finding aids. She received a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the New England Archivists.