Restoring memories: Caring for your family photos

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Robin Munson, an ex-curator, helps others keep family photos from further damage. (Photo by Kate Padilla)

Robin Munson gave a presentation on Saturday afternoon about caring for family photos to prevent further environmental damage.

The workshop, given largely through PowerPoint presentation with specific help following, illustrated how to store photos so that their quality withstands time, mold, water and bug damage.

The presentation was not focused on restoring photos to their original quality, however, and Munson suggested a few professionals in the area to help in restoration.

Munson holds a master's degree in museum science, and curated at museums in Maryland before becoming a librarian at Spencer Public Library.

Before beginning, Munson suggests, it's best to take an inventory of photos. Those that will be viewed often should go in frames. Others should be divided between albums and boxes, based on the amount of exposure they will get.

But, in any storage capacity, one prevention tool is most key. "A good way to prevent damage to your photos is to monitor them," Munson said.

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