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People's University: Preparing for and Coping with Water Damage


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West Virginia History through Archives–Preserving the Mountain State’s Stories, CLASS 5: "'And the Creek Don't Rise': Preparing for and Coping with Water Damage to Archives and Heirlooms"

From roof leaks and burst pipes to basement floods and hurricanes, everyone faces some possibility of water damage to their homes. Lori Hostuttler and Jane LaBarbara of the West Virginia and Regional History Center at WVU Libraries will talk about how libraries and archives prepare for disasters and discuss how people can prepare for and perform salvage at home. Hostuttler and LaBarbara will focus on traditional formats found in family papers such as photographs, books, and paper documents, but will also touch on the salvage of textiles, audiovisual materials, and more. Attendees will be sent home with hope, realistic expectations, and the information needed to help mitigate disaster and start them down the path to preservation should their prized possessions face water damage.

Instructor Lori Hostuttler is the Assistant Director at West Virginia & Regional History Center and West Virginia University. She earned a BS in Secondary Education and an MA in Public History from WVU and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina.

Instructor Jane LaBarbara is an Assistant Curator for Archives and Manuscripts and Assistant University Librarian at WVU's West Virginia & Regional History Center. She has a BA in History from Rhodes College and an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Learn more about the Fall 2017 People's University Series at http://www.ohiocountylibrary.org/news/5671

The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts, featuring courses taught by experts in each subject that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. There are no grades and patrons are welcome to attend all classes in a series or individual programs on a class by class basis.

To register for The People’s University: West Virginia History through Archives – Preserving the Mountain State’s Stories, please call the library at 304-232-0244, send an email to ocplarchives@gmail.com, or visit the Reference Desk. Classes are free and open to the public. Registration is not a commitment and you are welcome to attend any or all classes. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

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