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Museum offers 'Treasure Keepers' series

Adult education begins April 19

The History Museum is offering a series of unique, informative and educational adult evening programs to complement its 2011 museum theme of Treasure Keepers.

The series "Treasure Keepers Adult Education Program Series" will be held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., April 19 through May 31.

The schedule of special speakers and activities are designed to help emphasize how and why we preserve and treasure items.

Guests will enjoy topics ranging from "preserving photographs in the digital age" to "how to document and write your own family story."

Cost to attend these programs is included with your museum admission fee of $3 per person. Museum members and currently serving U.S. Military members and their family receive FREE admission to this and all museum events and activities. Most programs will last 1 to 1.5 hours.

Series programs include:

Tuesday, April 19 -- "Family Photos: Tips and tricks for sharing and saving."

How do we store treasured digital photos and keep them safe for generations to come? Kara Pesznecker, of CenterEarth PhotoArt, will teach attendees how to safely transfer and store digital photos in an era of rapidly changing technology. Plus, Jamie Webster will give tips and ideas for getting those photos off a hard drive and onto a wall.

Tuesday, April 26 -- "Finding value in your family treasures."

Have you wondered if your cherished heirlooms might be truly valuable treasures? In this program, professional appraisers Sandra Millius and Jeff Lamot of Millius Estate Services, Inc will teach guests how to navigate the world of appraisal. Then museum intern, Matt Carmichael, will share some effective, simple, and inexpensive preservation strategies that one can use to keep valuable treasures safe.

Tuesday, May 3 -- "History Rocks! Cultural heritage ideas for all ages."

Debbie Barber, a veteran teacher of 18 years has taken generations of students to all kinds of museums and she knows how to make a child's experience engaging and memorable. Come to this interactive session and learn how to provide your child with an enriching educational experience wherever you go!

Tuesday, May 10 -- "Preserving treasures: An evening dialogue with a conservator."

Conservators care for artifacts by combining practical skills with a detailed theoretical and scientific knowledge of their craft. Thomas Fuller, a conservator with Northwest Objects Conservation, Inc. will give guests a "behind the scenes" view of the museum world and the art and science of conservation. Learn about conservation and how the fundamentals of this science can be applied to your own family heirlooms!

Tuesday, May 17 -- Story Hour: How to document your family treasures."

Katherine Huit, of Willoheart Enterprises, works to "transform memories to heirlooms" by teaching people to document their stories. In this interactive session, Huit will show guests how to record their story and create a unique keepsake for their family. Bring a treasure (or have one in mind)!

Tuesday, May 24 "Scrapbooking your treasures."

With the proliferation of acid free inks, paper, and glue, scrapbooks have become an excellent way to preserve a family's treasured memories. Jill McDonald, of Urban Paper, will show guests how to navigate the world of scrapbooking. Come learn about materials and get ideas on page design. Be prepared to leave inspired!

Tuesday, May 31 -- "Show & Tell."

Remember that excitement you felt when you had an opportunity to take a special treasure to school for "show and tell." The museum is closing out its Treasure Keepers series of evening programs with a free night. Bring a personal treasure and organizers give you three minutes to share your story. Refreshments, fun and sharing on this last night.

For further information and details contact Casey at or Connie at or call the museum at 541-386-6772.


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