Cultural heritage preservation week activities

POSTED: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 4:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

Waco, Texas  – A week of events has been planned for April 25th through 30th as part of this year’s Cultural Heritage Preservation Week, a national celebration of the importance of preserving America’s national cultural identity. Sponsors of the week-long event include the Waco-McLennan County Library, Baylor University Libraries, Central Texas Genealogical Society, Texas Civil War Museum, and the Historic Waco Foundation. Programs will be held in the meeting room at the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center, located at 5301 Bosque Blvd.

The week’s events are as follows:

Monday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.:

Family Heirlooms from 1860 to 1900 and Their Preservation

Preserving our ancestors’ stories and keeping their memory alive by focusing on how best to preserve the artifacts of our inheritance is the basis of the evening presentations. Members of the Central Texas Genealogical Society as well as members of the public will showcase items passed down to them and share their stories. Preservation of the artifact will be discussed. (Sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society)


Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.:

The Power of Paper: The Importance of the Printed Word

Join us as experts from Baylor University explore the written record of the Civil War through letter readings and a discussion of the importance of preserving family stories. Information on preservation of family treasures will also be available. (Sponsored by Baylor University Libraries)


Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.:

Waco and the Civil War: The Fabric of a Community (Speaker Holly Browning)

Holly Browning, Curator of Collections and Interpretation for Historic Waco Foundation, will present on the lives of the men who built the HWF homes and Waco’s role in the American Civil War. Also, on-hand will be experts in textile preservation, so bring your questions about quilts, flags, dresses, and more. (Sponsored by the Historic Waco Foundation)


Friday April 29 at 7:00 p.m.:

150 Years of Dust, Rust and Oil: Saving Civil War Family Heirlooms for the Next Generation (Speaker: Joe Walker)
Joe Walker speaks from experience when he gives advice in how to store and preserve Civil War artifacts. As a collector of military antiques for over 30 years, a ‘Living History’ re-enactor for 35 years, and the lead docent for the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth, Joe Walker has the credentials to give advice on how to save those family heirlooms inherited from our Civil War ancestors. This presentation will discuss the dos and don’ts as well as methods and products used to counter environmental effects on a collection – specifically metal, wood and leather. Military collections represent special challenges because they are a "mixed" collection, having in some cases wood, leather and metal in one object. The procedures and approach to deterring the deterioration of military collections can be applied to other collections as well. (Sponsored by the Texas Civil War Museum of Fort Worth, Texas)


Saturday, April 30 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.:

Identification and Preservation of Old Photographs (Speaker: David Coleman)

David Coleman, Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, will lend his expertise in identifying the many basic 19th and early 20th century process types for photographs and discuss steps that can be taken to help preserve your family photos for future generations. Examples of the various process types will be presented. (Sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society and the Waco-McLennan County Library)


For additional information, go to or contact Bill Buckner at 254-750-5945.



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