Promoting Preservation

This week and into May, cultural heritage institutions of all types will be actively promoting preservation. Even though our C2C team is always preaching preservation, we try to make an extra push at this time of year. The American Library Association has decreed the last week in April Preservation Week. We are recognizing the campaign by meeting with the Mountain Area Cultural Resources Emergency Network at NCDCR’s Western Office in Asheville on Monday. MACREN formed 15+ years ago after the Wolfe Memorial fire and has been a model for us as we’ve tried to help establish regional mutual-aid networks for disaster recovery across the state. We’re excited to have the opportunity to help reinvigorate this group and tell them about CREST’s recent deployments in the mountain region.

This year MayDay synergistically falls on Friday, the end of ALA’s Preservation Week. Organizations that promote disaster preparedness for cultural heritage collections urge staff to “Do one thing” on May 1st to improve your institution’s disaster preparedness. It doesn’t have to be huge or involve much advance planning; you can still accomplish a worthwhile MayDay task. A few simple ideas with lasting benefits are:

  1. Update your institution’s emergency contacts on MayDay each year.
  2. Tune into the Foundation for the American Institute of Conservation’s FREE webinar this Friday, from 2:00 – 3:30 on disaster preparedness. http://www.connectingtocollections.org/after-disasters/
  3. Contact local firefighters to schedule a pre-plan for your institution, if you have not already been through this process.
  4. Order a Knox Box through your local fire station.
credit: http://ncmountainnews.blogspot.com/2011/09/penland-offers-historic-preservation.html

credit: Edgecombe Community College Historic Preservation Technology Program

For groups involved with building preservation, May is Preservation Month. Old Salem and Historic Forsyth are offering a multitude of free preservation programs this month. Our state historic preservation office has organized a window workshop later in May in Black Mountain. The NC Museum of History has planned a Preservation Day for Saturday, May 9. The event will correspond with the museum’s quarterly Conservation Assistance Day and will include displays by representatives from preservation organizations from across the state (including Edgecombe CC’s Historic Preservation Technology Program) as well as special exhibits on the topic.

Does your institution have any special preservation-related activities this week or in May? How can you engage your community with this topic for next year? Take advantage of some of the programs other groups are offering now and use these ideas as a launching pad to plan next year’s preservation promotions!

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Posted on April 28, 2015, in collections care, Connecting to Collections, CREST, disaster preparedness, public programs and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Monika Fleming

    While you credit the NCmountain news blogspot and Penland for the photo of David Hoggard, that photo was actually taken March 2009 at Coolmore Plantation in Edgecombe County during a window workshop taught by David. The photo has been used in various ads and flyers for the Historic Preservation Trades program at Edgecombe Community College since 2010.

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