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Save Our African American Treasures: New York, NY

When, Where, Who?

Save Our African American Treasures
Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York

The program is free and open to the public, all are welcome.

What is Treasures?

This program gives residents of New York the opportunity to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of their homes.

What to Bring?

Participants can bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. Please note that our specialists are reviewers, not appraisers, and cannot determine items' monetary values.

Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed. Furniture, carpets, weapons and paintings are excluded.

What Else is There to Do?

The Treasures program also includes the following activities:

All Day!
Hands-on Preservation
In this hands-on activity, participants are invited to learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.

All Day!
Community Partners Expo
Learn more about the wonderful resources available in New York! Community Partners will distribute materials and answer questions from members of the public.

12:00 noon
Why We Collect: Even More Stuff than You Have at Home
Kevin Stayton, the Brooklyn Museum’s Chief Curator, will offer a tour of selected galleries in the building and discuss the ways in which the history of the building and the history of the collections have run parallel for over a century in the formation of a great institution.

1:00 p.m.
Basic Clothing & Textiles Preservation
Learn to store your textiles like a museum professional! Get practical tips to help you preserve special clothing such as family uniforms and wedding dresses along with quilts, needlework, lace, and other fabric objects. Find out how to avoid damage, when to seek expert assistance, and how to store these pieces for the next generation. Plus, see a demonstration of how to pack your textiles.

2:00 p.m.
Saving Your Family Photographs and Papers
Great Aunt Mary left you with the responsibility of preserving the family photographs and papers – now what do you do? Learn how light, heat, and humidity affect your family collections. Discover some simple things you can do to be a good steward of your family paper and photography collections.

3:00 p.m.
Preserving Digital Memories
Digital photographs and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Find out more about the nature of the problem and learn some simple, practical tips for preserving your digital memories.

Save Our African American Treasures was made possible with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Email us for more information at or call (877) 733-9599.