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Interest: Genealogy & Local History

Ypsi Stories Episode 11: Ypsilanti’s Changing Labor Landscape

Published: September 1, 2021

Episode 11 of Ypsi Stories.

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Ypsi Stories Episode 10: From Here To There By Land And Water

Published: August 4, 2021

Episode 10 of Ypsi Stories.

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Ypsi Stories Episode 7: Ypsilanti’s Water Street Sculpture Garden

Published: May 5, 2021

Episode 7 of Ypsi Stories.

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Photograph of Charles Pattison
Ypsi Stories Episode 6: The Information Age before the Information Age

Published: April 6, 2021

Episode 6 of Ypsi Stories.

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Save Your Stuff and Pass It On!

Published: April 1, 2021

If you have heirlooms, photographs, LP records, books, textiles and other good stuff that you’ve wanted to save and preserve, Preservation Week 2021 is meant for you.  The American Library Association highlights the importance of preservation of personal and shared collections by designating a week in April each year to bring awareness to saving our legacy.  Check out these resources, book lists, and local events to learn more.

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Preservation: Save Your Stuff and Pass It On!

Here are guides to taking care of items worth preserving. An ounce of preservation : a guide to the care of papers and photographs This book is a comprehensive guide to the environmental conditions that damage documents and photographs, and the appropriate preventative measures. There are also instructions to clean and repair items, locating and working with a conservator and arrange document and photograph collections. Find in catalog How to archive family photos : a step-by-step guide to organize and share your photos digitally A practical how-to guide for organizing your growing digital photo collection, digitizing and preserving heirloom family …

Ypsi Stories Episode 5: Ypsilanti’s Palm Leaf Club

Published: March 3, 2021

Episode 5 of Ypsi Stories.

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Scrapbook storytelling : save family stories and memories with photos, journaling and your own creativity

A guide to scrapbooking and journaling collects tips and techniques for preserving memories, photographs, and family stories.

Preserving Your Family Photographs

Taylor outlines in straightforward steps how to save your family photographs by using the methods that conservators and photo curators use everyday. You’ll learn how to Identify the types of damage already done to the photos in your collection, take care of all your photos so that damage is a thing of the past, select a conservator to repair damaged photos and preserve your digital images.

New ideas for crafting heritage albums

This book showcases the many new archival products that have been developed and illuminates new trends in scrapbooking. Readers will also discover new ideas for preserving and presenting more family heirlooms and relics than ever before, including:  cassette and video tapes, using a scanner to restore faded or damaged photographic images, and an entire chapter on saving family recipes.

How to archive family photos : a step-by-step guide to organize and share your photos digitally

A practical how-to guide for organizing your growing digital photo collection, digitizing and preserving heirloom family photos, and sharing your treasured photos. In this book, you’ll find:  Simple strategies to get your photos out of a smartphone or camera and into a safe storage space; Easy methods to organize and back up your digital photos, including file-naming and tagging hints; Achievable steps to digitize and preserve heirloom family photos.

Memory gifts : preserving your treasured past in special ways

Scrapbooks may be the most obvious way to corral treasured photographs, but many other items also lend themselves to memory crafting. In Memory Gifts: Preserving Your Treasured Past in Special Ways, Marie Browning offers an assortment of ideas for utilizing photos in home accessories and a few wearables.

An ounce of preservation : a guide to the care of papers and photographs

This book is a comprehensive guide to the environmental conditions that damage documents and photographs, and the appropriate preventative measures. There are also instructions to clean and repair items, locating and working with a conservator and arrange document and photograph collections.

Preservation Week 2021

Preservation Week 2021 The American Library Association established Preservation Week to connect communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do to preserve personal and shared collections. April 25-May 1 focuses on the ways to explore the many facets of preservation through YDL, in the community, and in the wider world. Saving Your Stuff gives tips to help you start preserving all sorts of items from film to LP records to paper. Ask Donia, a preservation specialist, your preservation questions! Preservation for Families offers ideas to get the whole family involved. Using Oral History to Tell Your …

NEH For All the World to See Virtual Tour

Published: December 22, 2020

The virtual tour and accompanying activities for the NEH For All the World to See exhibit are ready to explore!

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Ypsi Stories

Join us every month to hear Ypsilanti History in story form!

Ypsi Stories Episode 1: Lucius Lyon and the Land Speculators

Published: November 4, 2020

Hear Chapter 1 of Look Both Ways!

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Women’s Suffrage Makes Its Mark on History

Published: October 13, 2020

As we celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment which provides the right to vote to women, YDL has partnered with the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County to host genealogist Katherine S. Willson.  Willson highlighted some of the Michiganders involved in the movement and how she found documents and photographs in her research.  View the recent Zoom session “And There I Take My Stand” here and access the accompanying handout to learn more.

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Michigan History Magazine

Published by the Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan History offers readers an inspiring array of articles about Michigan’s diverse history.

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