OP History Museum Presents Preserving Memories

Village of Orland Park History Museum Presents Preserving Memories
Posted on 06/26/2019
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Village of Orland Park History Museum Presents Preserving Memories

Certified Curator Will Demonstrate How to Protect Valuable Documents

ORLAND PARK, IL (June 17, 2019) --- How to preserve precious family heirlooms will be addressed on Saturday, July 27 at the Orland Park History Museum.

Those with family photos, letters, clothing items, bibles or other treasured pieces are invited to learn how to protect valuables from further damage or deterioration.

“I’m going to explain the museum’s collections and the preservation methods and materials that we use,” said Orland Park Museum Curator Sarah Stasukewicz. “We’ll also get into the some of the conservation work that we do to care for our collections.”

Stasukewicz holds a collections care certificate from the International Preservation Studies Center where she learned under prominent conservators, collection managers and archivists from the British Museum, the Smithsonian, the National Archives and Northwestern University.

She was named curator for the village’s Orland Park History Museum in February, 2017 and holds a Master of Arts Degree in history from DePaul University. She double majored in history and political science as an undergrad at North Central College and has worked in museums and archives for nearly 10 years.  

“Preserving priceless documents the right way is a specialized skill,” Stasukewicz said. “We can apply the techniques used at world renowned facilities to save important family heirlooms in our own homes.”

Stasukewicz will show slides of village museum pieces that were damaged or deteriorated and since repaired. Attendees are welcome to bring items and the curator will explain how to best store them and what materials to use.

“We all have cherished mementos that have been passed from generation to generation,” said Trustee Kathy Fenton, board liaison to the museum. “Sarah has a wealth of knowledge for how people can preserve and save these family treasures.”

“Most people don’t know the type of environment that’s safe for heirlooms, how to store them and what materials can be bought to further care for them,” Stasukewicz said. “You don’t have to be a preservation pro to safely care for your pieces. Proper storage including location, temperature, the types of containers are all very important.”

The program will be held at the museum at 14415 South Beacon Avenue from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to those ages 18 and older.

Registration for the program is available at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street, at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue and at the museum. Registration will also be available at the door. The cost is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members.

Questions may be directed to the museum at 708/873-1622.

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Orland Park History Museum Curator Sarah Stasukewicz holds a collections care certificate from the International Preservation Studies Center where she learned under prominent conservators, collection managers and archivists from the British Museum, the Smithsonian, the National Archives and Northwestern University.  Stasukewicz will demonstrate how to safely preserve family heirlooms and important documents on July 27. Shown here is a 1910 map that the curator restored.