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Preserving Family Photos and Documents will be the Topic of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Luncheon

RELEASED: March 19, 2007

"Let's Do Lunch!" logoEAU CLAIRE — Information about organizing and preserving family photos and documents will be the topic of a March 28 luncheon presentation hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Colleen McFarland, head of special collections and university archivist at UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters restaurant titled "Preserving Your Personal History Through Family Records Management." The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

"Papers and photographs accumulated over three or four generations can build into a chaotic mess of crumbling and dirty papers of unknown origin or value," said McFarland. "I will present strategies for bringing order to the chaos. Preservation and proper storage of the materials is important, but preservation efforts may be premature if the provenance, contents and subjects of family papers and photographs remain unknown. This introduction to inventorying, appraising, documenting and organizing papers and photographs will help family historians plan, prioritize and execute the work required to transform piles of papers into rich historical sources.

McFarland earned a bachelor's degree in German and history from the College of Wooster, a master's degree in history from Cornell University and a master of library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interest include the role of archives on college and university campuses, the implementation and efficacy of minimal archival processing and primary source research in undergraduate education.

Upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" speakers, dates and topics include Dr. Maureen Mack, UW-Eau Claire professor of women's studies and education, April 25: "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women."; Dr. Harry Jol, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography and anthropology, May 30: "Investigating the Sand Dunes of Antarctica."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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