The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $1,843 to the Phelps County Historical Society in support of the project, “Family History Preservation Workshop.”
The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages.
It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.
The objective of the half-day workshop is to provide attendees with information on techniques, materials and equipment they can use to preserve important family heirlooms.
Part of the workshop will deal with the preservation of photographs and documents.
A second element will deal with the long-term care of garments and textiles. The final portion of the workshop will deal with techniques that can be used in conducting oral history interviews of family or friends.
While the workshop is oriented to preserving family history, the information and techniques can also be used for those interested in capturing the history of civic organizations, social clubs or churches.
These activities often have photographs and documents that need preservation.
Although the workshop is sponsored by the Phelps County Historical Society, everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a $15 admission fee to cover the cost of printing handouts and other literature.
The workshop is tentatively scheduled for early May and will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Phelps County Courthouse
For more information, interested individuals or organizations can contact the Phelps Country Historical Society at P.O. Box 1861, Rolla, MO 65402 or call the office at 573-364 5977.