Jan Davis will present a program at 6 p.m. Thursday on “Preserving Your Family’s History.” The program will be held in the Grant Foreman Room of Muskogee Public Library. Davis is the head of the Archives and Records Management Division at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, which is located in Oklahoma City. The topic is particularly timely as area residents assess damage to homes and family heirlooms.
Davis will discuss organizing the family history “stuff” that you inherited, how to protect keepsakes, deciding what to let go, and digitizing important family history photographs and documents. Attendees will receive the book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes,” written by Denise Levenick, author of the blog, “The Family Curator.”
Davis will also provide an overview of the records in the State Archives that will be of interest to genealogists and historians. She will demonstrate how to access some of the Archives’ records online at the agency’s Digital Prairie website. The Digital Prairie website is constantly growing and includes documents, photographs, reports, pamphlets, posters, and an author database. She will also outline the current projects in the Archives, which include digitizing hundreds of court files from Indian Territory, near Vinita.
The program is supported with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.