Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos Workshop, March 21, 2015

Photograph of Will Tarkington and Mamie Lougee. Call number: PhC_160_4_24

Photograph of Will Tarkington and Mamie Lougee. Call number: PhC_160_4_24

North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Friends of the Archives present an all-day event for anyone interested in learning to identify and preserve their family photographs. The workshop, “Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos”, will feature Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, and will included sessions from the State Archives of North Carolina’s Audio Visual Materials Archivist, Kim Andersen, and the Head of the Collections Management Branch, Jennifer Blomberg. Learn more about Maureen Taylor at her website: http://www.maureentaylor.com/.

“Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos, featuring Maureen Taylor” will be held Saturday, 21 March 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Admission is $35 for NCGS members and $45 for non-members; an optional box lunch is available for $10. Participants are encouraged to register before March 11 to be assured workshop materials.

Paper registration forms available at the State Archives of North Carolina or you can register and pay online on the NCGS website: www.ncgenealogy.org. For more information about the workshop, please contact Laurel Sanders, NCGS, at 336-676-2124.

Maureen Taylor sessions:

  • Photo Detecting 101: Identifying Family Photographs.” An interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in family pictures. Audience members will learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
  • Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs.” A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.
  • Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing.” Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.
  • Photo Organizing Practices.” Do you suffer from photo overload—historic images and photographs on your devices? Follow these basic tips to tackle that image pile. Bring your questions to this session.
Photograph of Yoshiko M. "Nancy" Brogden, originally of Okinawa, Japan, and her daughter from her entry in the Wayne County Alien, Naturalization and Citizenship Records

Photograph of Yoshiko M. “Nancy” Brogden, originally of Okinawa, Japan, and her daughter.

Lunchtime sessions:

  • Photograph Collections in the Archives by Kim Andersen – Discover some of the gems “hidden” in the photograph collections. Learn what’s available and how to find historic photos of people and places that can provide clues to your family history.
  • Preservation Techniques” by Jennifer Blomberg – Do you know the best ways to store and care for your old family photographs?

Don’t miss this opportunity to join an engaging and interactive discussion on the care and identification of photographs! Visit www.ncgenealogy.org to register for the March 21 workshop.

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