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Preserve Your Family Treasures at the Indiana State Library

Photo: Seth Irwin and Valinda Carroll assist Katie Springer.
Photo: Seth Irwin and Valinda Carroll assist Katie Springer.

INDIANAPOLIS - April 1, 2024 - The Indiana State Library is celebrating Preservation Week this month by holding a conservation clinic and encouraging guests to stop in - and to bring their family heirlooms with them. A team of experienced conservators will be on hand at “Preserve Your Family Treasures: The Indiana State Library Public Conservation Clinic” to show individuals how to best care for antiques and artwork.

Conservators Seth Irwin, of the Indiana State Library; Valinda Carroll, of the Indiana Historical Society; Meghan Smith, of the Indiana State Museum; Sharon Battista, of S D Battista Paintings Conservation; and Doug Sanders of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields will advise attendees on the best methods to store and preserve their documents, photographs, maps, textiles, paintings and small wood and metal pieces.

“A public conservation clinic is a great opportunity for people to interact with professional conservators, attain information about their valuable pieces and learn how to better preserve those pieces for the future,” Irwin said.

“Preserve Your Family Treasures” will take place in the Indiana State Library’s History Reference Room on Monday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free and parking will be validated for those who park in the Senate Avenue garage, directly across from the library.

The Indiana State Library is located at 315 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

This event is designed to dispense advice on the preservation of objects. No monetary evaluations or appraisals will be conducted. Appointment and registration are encouraged, but not required.

Contact: John Wekluk, communications director, Indiana State Library; 317-753-9766 or

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