Ever wonder the worth of that old painting collecting dust in the depths of your attic? Or have you always had the feeling that your grandmother’s heirloom necklace is more valuable than the eye beholds? Historical significance is not always easy to perceive; it is something that people are trained to decipher, but once the true value is known, a simple object may become a most cherished possession.


How to learn more about these underappreciated, historical artifacts? National Preservation Week runs from April 26 through May 2. Since 2010, the American Library Association has asked libraries across the country to bring attention to preservation issues that affect historical collections. It’s a great way to discover more about your valued family heirlooms and long lost treasures.


Celebrate National Preservation Week by attending the Indiana Historical Society’s Preservation Week Road Show to learn the value of historic objects in your family collections — be it an old painting or piece of jewelry — and learn how to best care for, preserve, and cherish these artifacts for years to come.

The Indiana Historical Society has assembled valued professionals to provide free one-on-one consultations. Consultants will meet with guests about objects in their particular fields of expertise. Guests register for specific time slots during the road show and choose from a wide list of experts. Free informative programs will be offered throughout the day.

Free admission to this program includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience. To make a ticketed, timed reservation, call (317) 232-1882 or click here.

The event is presented by Wickliff Auctioneers, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana State Archives.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:30 a.m. | Researching at the Collections and Public Services Offered at the Indiana State Library, Brent Abercrombie, librarian, manuscripts division

11:15 a.m. | Genealogical and Military Resources Available at the Indiana State Archives, Alan January, director of patron services

1:15 p.m. | How to Use Family History Resources and NewspaperArchives.com at IHS, Suzanne Hahn, vice president, archives and library

2 p.m. | Story Behind the Object: Learning More About the Who, Allison Singleton, assistant coordinator, education and community engagement, IHS

Guest Author: Leah Grynheim