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October 27, 2013

Comanche Nation College showcases ‘Caring for Family Treasures’ exhibit

LAWTON — — The “Caring for Family Treasures” traveling exhibit is on display Oct. 21 through Nov. 1 at Comanche Nation College, 1608 S.W. 9th in Lawton. The purpose of the exhibit is to demonstrate how to care for family heirlooms.

“This special exhibit is helpful for the public to better understand how to care for their irreplaceable heirlooms,” said President Consuelo Lopez. “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.”

Designed by collections care professionals, the exhibit consists of 12 panels that show the best practices on how to care for the following items: textiles; recordings such as cassettes and family videos; jewelry; clocks and watches; photographs; paintings and paper items such as letters, certificates and maps. Natural materials such as fur, feathers, wood, and leather, as well as decorative metals such as silver, brass and copper are also covered. The exhibit offers helpful hints on the proper display, storage and handling of items, as well as expert advice on things not to do.  

The primary sponsor of the exhibit is the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. The organization is an alliance between the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Museums Association and many additional supporting partners.

“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. “Individuals, as well as the archives, libraries and museums that we entrust with our collective heritage, need help. In addition to providing individuals with practical ways to care for items of importance, it is our hope this exhibit will raise awareness of the collections care needs of Oklahoma archives, libraries and museums.”

For information, contact CNC Librarian Kim Smith at 580-591-0203.

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