BOX Workshop will highlight how to preserve family history

By Tim Ruzek

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

Preserving your family history will be the focus of a free workshop Friday in Austin.

A conservator with the Minnesota Historical Society plans to give tips on how to care for and preserve your family heirlooms for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

Bob Herskovitz, chief outreach conservator with the state historical society, is scheduled to give the presentation titled "Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation" at 10 a.m. at the Hormel Historic Home, 208 Fourth Ave. N.E.


Most of our nation’s treasures are not found in museums but are tucked away in attics, garages and basements, Herskovitz stated in a news release.

His presentation will explain how to preserve and care for different types of memorabilia as well as give tips on organizing family papers, photographs and other family treasures. Herskovitz also will provide hints on creating an oral family history.

Participants are encouraged to bring items that can be transported safely.

The Mower County Historical Society is co-sponsoring the event with the state organization, which is offering the workshop as part of its Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project.

The Minnesota Historical Society, according to the release, realizes the importance of saving stories from the Great Depression and World War II eras as well as preserving their treasured keepsakes for future generations.

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Who: Minnesota Historical Society conservator Bob Herskovitz.

What: Free workshop on preserving, caring for family heirlooms.


Where: Hormel Historic Home, 208 Fourth Ave. N.E., Austin.

When: 10 a.m. Friday.

Why: It’s part of the state historical society’s Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project.

How: Register by calling the Mower County Historical Society at 437-6082.

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