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Learn to protect your family’s history

Sept. 8, 2008

THURBER, TEXAS— Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for the Industrial History of Texas at Thurber is hosting a free program with Gary Spurr to teach people the basics of proper care for precious family records. The program will be held at the Gordon Center on Sun., Sept. 21, at 2:30 p.m.

If you have family records, baby books, marriage licenses and other papers you want to protect but are not sure how to do it, this is your chance. Bring samples of your own papers for free advice on their proper care.

Spurr will discuss different types of documents—letters, photos, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks—and explain what conditions are best for storage or display. He will give helpful tips on how to remove photos from stubborn, “magnetic” photos albums, what you should know before laminating and what to do to promote preservation. Handouts of preservation resources and archival suppliers will also be available.

Spurr is the collections archivist for the Gordon Center and Tarleton’s Dick Smith Library at Stephenville. He has years of experience with archival and manuscript collections. At the Dick Smith Library, these collections include the Charles W. Stenholm Congressional papers, the C. Richard King collection and the university’s archives. His work at the Gordon Center includes caring for the records of the Texas Pacific Oil Company, the papers of individuals who lived in Thurber, maps and photographs.

Tarleton State University’s Gordon Center is a museum and research facility located about halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene at exit 367 on Interstate 20. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Monday. For more information, call (254) 968-1886.


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