, 2022-05-22 02:00:00,
Throughout our lives, we acquire items of sentimental, historical or functional value to us. These items might have been passed down from prior generations in our families and some things are acquired through a hobby as a collector or history enthusiast. It is very important to preserve these meaningful artifacts and try to learn about their history. That is not to suggest that we become hoarders, but instead we should keep the things that need to be kept and learn how to preserve them.
Many people enjoy the popular “Antiques Roadshow” program on PBS. When the expert appraiser is talking about the item being presented, he or she always explains the history of the object and how to care for it. The appraised value always comes last.
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When we think about artifacts, we are considering documents – documents with signatures, correspondence, important newspaper clippings, art, photographs, albums, jewelry, silver, china, lamps, furniture and many other things that have not been mentioned. Many times important things are stored in attics or sheds that are not climate controlled. Items are stored in cardboard boxes that are subject to insects (ants, roaches, spiders, etc.) and small animals, such as rodents or squirrels, dust, dirt and mold. Important items need to sorted out and then preserved properly.
Different types of artifacts should be preserved according to the material used in the item. For instance, paper documents, such as birth, death or marriage certificates, should be protected from moisture, heat and light. Do not fold, staple or use tape on them.
Newspaper clippings should be…
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