Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Treasured objects and artifacts in the community and held by the Center for Public History will be preserved for future generations with help from the Institute of Museum and Library Services “Connecting to Collections Bookshelf,” a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the IMLS.
Residents in the region who are working towards preserving and conserving their collections are welcome to utilize the resources at the center.
The Bookshelf provides support and direction for a wide variety of collections from historic photographs and archival materials that might be saved for family history to artifacts ranging from furniture to glass or ceramics.
The Center for Public History received the set of resources based on a grant application written by former acting assistant director Sandy Pollard. IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History.
The mission of the Center for Public History is to research, document, preserve and promote public discussion of the history and resources of the West Georgia region and surrounding locales. Graduate and undergraduate students have spent thousand of hours researching and conserving the culture of the south and of Georgia.
The Center provides consultation and services to the community in historical research, oral history, folk life fieldwork, architectural survey, exhibit development and public and community program development. Located in Pafford Hall, room 207, the center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about what resources are in the Bookshelf go to http://www.imls.gov/pdf/BookshelfGuide.pdf.
To learn more about what UWG’s Center for Public History, go to http://www.westga.edu/pubhistory/index_5882.php