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Just a reminder– don’t forget to sign up for our genealogy workshop for beginners!  We’re very lucky to have a guest speaker, too!  Charlotte Bocage is the Education and Outreach Chair Southern California Genealogical Society.  Hope to see you there!

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY HISTORY? LEARN HOW TO PERFORM GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH!
SUNDAY DECEMBER 9   |   10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
@ Visual Communications
ENROLLMENT FEE: $5 Suggested donation (RSVP required)

Are you interested in looking into your family history, but don’t know where to start? This workshop will go over the basic steps of what you need to start your search, places to search, both online and offline, materials needed, and things to look for. Charlotte Bocage, the Education and Outreach Chair from the Southern California Genealogical Society will present this workshop as a guest speaker.

A short Q&A will follow. Please RSVP by emailing helen@vconline.org quickly — seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

This summer, VC held a workshop on how to preserve, store, and care for your personal photos.  In case you missed it, here are some tips that you can use when you get around to your photos:

Disclaimer:  Don’t be alarmed, but a lot of elements are quite bad for photos.  The positive side is knowing what these bad elements are– and how to avoid them!

Sunlight, heat, and light will cause your photos to fade.  Even if you keep them in a frame, photos won’t be safe from harm.  The constant sun can cause the image part of the photo to stick to the glass– and come off the paper itself.  Make copies of your photos and display those instead.  Keeping them in a dark place is best!

Humidity and water can cause your photos to warp.  Keep them in a dry place and off the floor in case of any leaks!

Dust and Dirt:  These elements will cake onto your photos after time and be hard, if not impossible, to remove.  Keeping photos and negatives in archival quality mylar sleeves is best!  (and in the dark)

Your own hands:  The oil from your hands aren’t good for photos.  Always wear cotton gloves while handling negatives and photos.

Pens:  Just don’t!  You might accidentally mark your photos.  Even if you mean to write on your photos– don’t. The acid in the ink will deteriorate your photos.

Paperclips:  They get SO rusty.  Rust incites deterioration!

Chemicals: Don’t store photos and cleaning supplies in the same place.  The off-gassing isn’t safe.

Photo Albums: You know those sticky photo albums?  That adhesive will stick to your photos and eat away at them.  However– if you try to take it off and it’s very difficult (and use a microspatula), don’t remove it at all– you risk tearing the photo.

Digitization:  A whole other subject, but if you take away anything, just know to keep your originals.  Digital images are more precarious than the physical prints.  Nothing’s better than the real thing!

That’s all for now!  If you have any questions, you can refer to the National Archives link of how to care for photos, or you can email Helen at Helen@vconline.org.

Happy Archives!

We just scheduled two new fall workshops!  Sign up to save your space by emailing Helen@vconline.org.
CITIZEN ARCHIVIST: HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL PAPERS
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4   |   10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
@ Visual Communications
ENROLLMENT FEE: $5 Suggested donation (RSVP required)
You have a lifetime’s worth of papers — personal papers like letters and diaries, professional papers pertaining to work, and official documents like birth certificates and marriage documents. How do you get it all together so it’s nice and neat and searchable? This workshop will tell you what you need to start thinking about to organize your papers, and help you come up with an arrangement that personally suits you. A short Q&A will follow. Please RSVP by emailing helen@vconline.org quickly — seating is limited and first-come, first-served.


WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY HISTORY? LEARN HOW TO PERFORM GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH!
SUNDAY DECEMBER 9   |   10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
@ Visual Communications
ENROLLMENT FEE: $5 Suggested donation (RSVP required)
Are you interested in looking into your family history, but don’t know where to start? This workshop will go over the basic steps of what you need to start your search, places to search, both online and offline, materials needed, and things to look for. Charlotte Bocage, the Education and Outreach Chair from the Southern California Genealogical Society will present this workshop as a guest speaker.

A short Q&A will follow. Please RSVP by emailing helen@vconline.org quickly — seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

With the proliferation of digital photography comes a deluge of digital images. Do you find that you have so many digital photos that it’s difficult to locate the photo that you’re searching for? At this workshop, you’ll learn how to turn your unwieldy collection into something manageable through file names, tagging, photo management software, and other techniques. You’ll also learn about digital preservation issues. A short Q&A will follow. Please RSVP by emailing helen@vconline.org quickly — seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

OVERLOADED WITH DIGITAL IMAGES: LEARN HOW TO MANAGE THE MADNESS!
SUNDAY AUGUST 19   |   10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
@ Visual Communications
ENROLLMENT FEE: $5 Suggested donation (RSVP required)

Hey Y’all,

If you have a stash of photographs at home that you’d like to keep for a long time, this one-hour workshop is for you!  We’ll talk about general types of photographs, agents of deterioration, and how to store and handle photographs to slow degradation.  A short Q&A will follow. Please RSVP by emailing helen@vconline.org quickly — seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY PRESERVATION AND CARE
SUNDAY JULY 29   |   10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
@ Visual Communications

ENROLLMENT FEE: $5 Suggested donation (RSVP required)

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