Caring for Heirloom Textiles and Dating Family Photographs  

Erica White

Learn how to care for family heirlooms!  Whether you have a quilt, wedding dress, or antique doll, the “dos and don’ts” of textile conservation are the same.  Participants receive a list of resources and learn how to preserve textiles.  The second part of the session will review how to date family photographs based on the clothing.  A basic review of silhouettes and changing styles from 1830-1950 will help participants “read” a family photograph.  By the end of the session, attendees will be able to look at a photograph and roughly date it by decade.  This skill is particularly helpful when sorting mislabeled or unmarked family photographs.