Thursday, January 17, 2013

How To Archive Family Keepsakes - Many Things Thursday

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things."

Thursday, on Shades Of The Departed, will be dedicated to
many things, and nothing in particular.


Thursday on Shades is pleased to join the Blog Book Tour for a new resource - How to Archive Family Keepsakes. From the hand and mind of Denise Levenick (aka Penelope Dreadful), The Family Curator, comes a true family treasure in the form of, How To Archive Family Keepsakes.

About The Author Denise Levenick, Shades own Penny Dreadful

Many of us find ourselves in the position of family curator. How each of us deals with that position is often the true story. Denise Levenick has a longtime interest in her family history. Stories of her maternal grandmother growing up in Colorado and Kansas nurtured that interest and a steamer trunk full of letters and photographs sparked her odyssey.

While wandering the web one day I bumped into Denise's experiment in family history. She was writing about a transcription project for her class of high school students using her family letters. I was hooked on her project and her writing. I asked Denise to write a Friday from the Collectors article and we've been friends ever since. The story of her student transcription project can be found here, Reading Women's History - A Family History Project in the High School English Classroom.

When the idea for a work of fiction associated with an old photograph, called Penny Dreadfuls, was formed on Shades The Magazine, Denise was the obvious choice to became the voice of Penny. Penny Dreadfuls are a reader favorite in Shades The Magazine.

Denise, a native Californian, has worked as an editor and journalist since publishing a neighborhood newspaper in grade school and taught both journalism and literature in Pasadena schools for 19 years. She is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds.

Denise is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, TheFamilyCurator and author of the new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records, (Family Tree Books, 2012).

About The Book

"Stuff" is a technical term used by genealogists, family historians and collectors to denote the material acquired in the pursuit of their passions. Stuff exists. Everywhere! But can you find it when you need it? Did you preserve it for generations to come?

I have two paperweights designated "Stuff" and "More Stuff." I can't find a thing.

~ Linda ~

Those who read Shades are interested in everything associated with photographs.

Photographs Themselves

Photograph Albums


Resource Materials
And So Much More

Caring for family heirlooms is a rewarding adventure with hidden surprises; 
you never know what you may find.

~ Denise Levenick ~

"Can you find it when you need it? Did you preserve it for generations?" are questions with solutions found in How To Archive Family Keepsakes. Organization takes a front seat in Denise's exceptionally well written and researched resource. Organization is the first word in the title of each chapter contained in the book. And organize she does and so will you once you read the book.

Of particular interest to readers of Shades is "Chapter 7 - Organize Archival Photos."  Denise not only discusses the range and types of photographs we encounter, but also caring for them, organizing them, and storing them. I enjoyed reading Cautions, Tips, and Resources appearing in each chapter. They were packed with information.

"Chapter 10 - Digitize Your Family History" begins the journey into the world of computers, scanners, and digital archiving. Follow Denise's workflow examples; she has a confidence building common sense approach to technology.

While highlighting these two chapters, you should know that every chapter in the book is relevant to the position of curator and collector. You can use the book for quick answers, efficient archival workflow, digital savvy, collecting strategies, and most importantly confidence. Confidence that no matter what you acquire you have an answer as to how to proceed.

I keep the book on my desk and refer to it often. Treat yourself! It is so worth it.

Shades gives it 4 out of 4 old cameras:

Where to Buy and Read About The Book

Join the Blog Book Tour for How to Archive Family Keepsakes January 10-26, 2013, for author interviews, book excerpts, giveaways, and more. Visit the Blog Book Tour Page at The Family Curator website for the complete schedule.

Proceeds from the sale of How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Book Tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Denise’s mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes (Family Tree Books, 2012) ISBN 1440322236
Paperback from Family Tree Books,; PDF eBook from Scribd. Also, make sure your use this 10% Savings Coupon: ShopFamilyTree. In the iTunes store for iBooks here.

Full Discloursure: I received an autographed copy of the book from the author as a "cheer me up" gift when the world landed on me this past year. I can't thank her enough, but you can bet I would have bought it no matter what.


Blogger wendy said...

fM, so thankful you are blogging again - especially hosting Denise on the blog tour for her book! I FB'ed Denise yesterday to tell her that the "tour" has inspired me to start documenting my keepsakes! Great to read you again,fM, & way to go, Denise!

January 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Glad to see a post from fM!!! already added the book to my amazon wish list - needing something to help me organize AND preserve!

January 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

I'm so glad to see you putting fingers to keyboard and thoughts to bytes and showing us pictures and talking about Denise's book.

Hugs -- Randy

January 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger my Heritage Happens said...

This is great! LOVE reading on this page! Welcome back cousin! I am so enjoying the tour of Denise's book! It is on my list of must haves! Wonderful job Denise!

January 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Gregory said...

I love your article especially the writing challenge using a family photo. What a great way to spark imagination! My mother inherited photo albums upon the death of her mother in 1973. I hope to assist her in getting these albums digitized.

January 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Tina Telesca said...

I am putting this book on my wish list, I think I know what my birthday present will be this year.

January 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you all! It's good to be back, but I'm so rusty. Go away for a while and Blogger changes everything.

Good luck to you all. Hope you win the Archival Photo kit.


January 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like the book for me; not everything is a photograph; everything seems to have a story. I'm looking forward to figuring out what to do with the 1937 Pyrex casserole, new-in-box with the handwritten receipt from the Seattle Bon Marche. Eric J. Wilson, Everett, WA.

January 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Been missing your blog! I am so glad you are feeling better and part of the tour. I am very interested in learning the best way to preserve all the family pictures that I have. The more I read on this book tour the more I realize that I need this book!

January 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Eric - How interesting! We know from the things people brought to class, everything is NOT a photograph. This is a fantastic resource. - fM

January 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bit rusty on Blogger? A good time to make the jump to WordPress! Delighted to see you and Denise collaborating again - and for such a good cause.

January 18, 2013 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

Thank you, fM, for putting out the red carpet for the blog book tour! I love visiting Shades!

I do wonder, Eric, if I might send you my address? My favorite Pyrex dish (brought home from Mom's house) burst apart just last night when I VERY absent-mindedly poured cool water into the dish. Quite dreadful! On second thought, it could happen to you too! You never know when you might need a replacement. But maybe you could share the Bon Marche recipe with us :>)

~ Denise

January 18, 2013 at 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Mariann Regan said...

I'm so happy to read a blog from Footnote Maven, and more persuaded than ever to buy Denise's book. I'm in the midst of archiving about 1000 photographs, with a fraction of them over 100 years old. And I'm finally confronting the ephemera stored in boxes . . .

How lovely also to know that "stuff" is a term of art. As it should be, of course. : ))

January 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Denise, my BFF, it was an honor. I admire you so very much. A book as content rich as yours is a massive amount of hard work, but you were up for the task. Now I can brag to my family that you're a friend. fM

January 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

I'm getting excited to read the book! I have many different types of photos to archive. I enjoyed reading about Denise's scanning workflow on her blog, so I'm sure the book will have even more great stuff!

January 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Love your Shades Magazine! Lots of work to accomplish such a wonderful project Please continue these! Denise's book is on my acquire list of reference material. Looks like something I'll use for a long time.

January 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Regina Hall Ivie said...

This book looks like a great one to help me organize the photos I have and get them digitized.

January 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Lori H said...

As the wife of a professional photographer I know just how important it is to keep your photographs safe and cared for. Of all my family treasures my photos are the most important. When I'm asked what I would save first (after my family, of course!) I have always said "my photographs albums". I look forward to discovering your new ideas for photo archiving.

January 26, 2013 at 4:40 AM  
Blogger The Brigham City Fort said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Regards, Grant

March 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM  

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