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July 14, 2013

Three Rivers Museum showcases ‘Caring for Family Treasures’ exhibit

The “Caring for Family Treasures” exhibit will be on display at the Three Rivers Museum Wednesday through the end of the month. The  museum’s regular business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The exhibit is open to the public to learn how to care for their family heirlooms, according to a media release.

“This special exhibit is helpful for the public to better understand how to care for their irreplaceable heirlooms,” Sue Tolbert, Three Rivers Museum director, said in a media release.

“Almost everyone has special items passed down through generations and it is important to learn how to best care for them in order to preserve family history and memories for generations to come.”

Designed by collections care professionals, the exhibit consists of 12 panels with best practices on how to care for items including textiles, recordings such as cassettes and family videos, jewelry, clocks and watches, photographs, paintings and paper items such as letters, certificates and maps.

Natural materials such as fur, feathers, wood, and leather, as well as decorative metals such as silver, brass and copper are covered.

The exhibit offers helpful hints on the proper display, storage and handling of items, as well as expert advice on things not to do.

“National studies have found that our heritage is at risk and the irreplaceable items that define us are being lost or damaged because they are not receiving proper care,” Susan Feller, co-director of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust, said in the release. “Individuals, as well as the archives, libraries and museums that we entrust with our collective heritage, need help. In addition to providing individuals with practical ways to care for items of importance, it is our hope this exhibit will raise awareness of the collections care needs of Oklahoma archives, libraries and museums.”

The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is an alliance between the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Museums Association and other partners.

The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is dedicated to working together with Oklahoma’s collections-based archives, libraries and museums to improve support for collections care through training and public awareness. Activities are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency.

Three Rivers Museum, located in Muskogee Historic Depot District, collects, preserves, and exhibits artifacts and photographs from the Three Rivers area, including Muskogee County and the six counties surrounding it.

The museum offers many opportunities for education and entertainment throughout the year and will provide several special presentations during the Caring for Family Treasures Exhibit, including “Who Are You? How to Get Started on Your Family History,” “Preserving Family Treasures Roadshow,” “Organize, Preserve, and Store Family Heirlooms,” and “Photographs: Organizing, Preserving, Digitizing.”

Information: www.3riversmuseum.com or (918) 686-6624.

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