Come Learn More about Caring for your Collections


During these winter days, many of us are stuck indoors working on our inside “to do” list. Many times this includes going through those boxes of family photos, old letters, and heirlooms that you know are important, but you don’t know what to do with or how best to take care of these treasures. Find out the answer to your questions during the “Caring for your Collections” program this Thursday, February 1. This program is part of partnership between the Sycamore History Museum and the Ellwood House – Brown Bag Lunch, Local Lore series.

All objects deteriorate over time, so what can you do to slow down that process? Michelle Donahoe, Executive Director of the Sycamore History Museum will provide you with simple, inexpensive ways to preserve your collections. She will provide examples using the Museum’s collections and also have suggestions on where to find supplies.

“We all have those special collections in our house. The Museum often receives phone calls about how to best take care of a specific item. This program will provide a nice overview of how to take care of paper, photos, photo albums, and three-dimensional artifacts.”

The talk will be held at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, on February 1 at 12:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are provided. The program is in-part possible due to the support of the Mary E. Stevens Concert & Lecture Fund. For more information please call 815-895-5762 or visit

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