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Preserving Family Treasures & Paper Heirlooms

6:15 p.m., Monday May 20

Preserving Family Treasures & Paper Heirlooms

Bill Welge, better known at the Oklahoma History Center as “Mr. Archives,” will speak to the Edmond Genealogy Society (EGS) on Monday May 20 about the best ways to preserve their family heirlooms such as old photographs and letters, as well as where to find acid-free products to store them in. He will touch on the best place in your home to protect these items, and the type of mounting strips to use for display.

“I would never encourage people to keep these treasures in their attic or basement,” Welge said. “Old newspapers require special treatment to be preserved, but the method is inexpensive and easy once you know how.”

Bill Welge is a Certified Archivist with the Academy of Certified Archivists. The long- time director of the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Research Division, recently stepped down to become the director of the Office of American Indian Cultural & Preservation.

Another tip Welge offers is, “Always wash your hands before handling, even better wear cotton gloves, and hold the documents only by the edges.”

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK with a social time at 6:15 pm, program begins promptly at 6:30. The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists; membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS,

For more information on the meeting place, contact Edmond Historical Museum 340-0078. There is a map on the Museum website:

Where: Edmond Historical Society & Museum
Phone: 340-0078
Address: 431 S. Boulevard
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