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Family heirlooms workshop slated for March 24

workshop on the care and preservation of family heirlooms is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24, at the Firestone Library on the Princeton University campus. Advance registration is required.

The event is presented jointly by the Historical Society of Princeton and the Friends of the Princeton University Library.

Experts on the care of photographs, works on paper, books, coins, textiles and furniture will present brief overviews in a plenary session. Participants then will be able to attend a more in-depth session with one of the experts.

Gail Alterman, a historic costume consultant, will lead "Preserving Memories Made of Cloth." Elizabeth Bates, a faculty member at Parsons/New School University and Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY will conduct a workshop entitled "Conserving Furniture: Basics in Brief."

Members of the Princeton University library staff will lead the remaining sessions. Curator of Coins Brooks Levy will discuss "Caring for Coins, Old and New," and Special Projects Archivist Melissa Johnson will lead "Preservation of Photographic Materials." Two members of the University's preservation staff will lead discussions as well. Book Conservator Scott Husby will discuss "Book Care: Dos and Don'ts," and Paper Conservator Ted Stanley will conduct a workshop on "Preserving Your Paper Treasures."

Although participation in the workshop is limited, spaces are still available for a fee of $15, which includes pastry and coffee beginning at 8:30 a.m. For reservations or further information, call the Historical Society at (609) 921-6748.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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