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 Family Stories presents the ‘how to’ in this video presented by StoryCorps and the American Library Association.
YpsiStories podcast brings local people and history to life with regular installments.
A.P. Marshall Archive is a collection of audio interviews of Ypsilanti residents who lived through the Jim Crow era, fought racism during WWII, and led the local Civil Rights movement.
BOOKS ON PRESERVATION
We’ve gathered a few books from our collection that highlight saving family heirlooms, preserving photographs and caring for special papers.
For even more books, check out the list of available titles on MeLCat.
ATTEND VIRTUAL EVENTS
WASHTENAW AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY
The work of African American genealogy is a challenge but with great rewards. We invite you to learn about the process with members of The Washtenaw County African American Genealogy Society. Each session will focus on a different resource or technique to help you discover your family history. YDL hosts this meeting virtually on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30am.
PRESERVING FAMILY RECIPES
THURSDAY, APRIL 29 AT 7:00PM
Join writer and archivist Valerie Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes, for guidance on how to care for family recipe books and sheets, kitchen artifacts, and techniques for translating sketchy, illegible, or unwritten recipes. Learn about interviewing relatives and collecting oral histories that fill out a family’s food traditions. Presented by YDL partnering with the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.
QUESTIONS ON GENEALOGY?
The mission of the GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHTENAW COUNTY is to promote family history by assisting in genealogical studies, encourage the collection and preservation of family and public records and promote the exchange of information. Regular meetings/classes are held online via Zoom. Members are emailed the link; non-members are welcome to attend and should request an invitation (no later than 3 days before the meeting) at email@example.com.