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July 9, 2014

OU showcases family treasures exhibit

NORMAN — An exhibit consisting of 12 panels with the best practices on how to care for items — including textiles and recordings such as cassettes and family videos — is on display through July 10 in Beaird Lounge on the second floor of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave., on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

The exhibit, titled “Caring for Family Treasures,” is open to the public.

Designed by collections care professionals, the exhibit — which also includes jewelry, clocks and watches, photographs, paintings and paper items such as letters, certificates and maps — offers helpful hints on the proper display, storage and handling of items, as well as expert advice on things not to do.

Yet other items featured in the display are natural materials such as fur, feathers, wool and leather, as well as such decorative metals as silver, brass and copper.

“This special exhibit is helpful for the public to better understand how to care for their irreplaceable heirlooms,” said Lisa Henry, archivist for the Political Commercial Archive. “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.”

“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,” said Susan Feller, co-director of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust.

For more information, visit culturalheritagetrust.org or call 522-3515.

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