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August 18, 2014

Say you decided to encapsulate your church's history in a single container. What items would you choose to show future generations, and where would you store it all? Most challengingly, how would you protect the items from air, water, animals, and forgetfulness--the four horsemen of failed time capsules?

Alex Denson of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, contacted me months ago to ask if PHS had any advice on the process. As Alex said, "everyone who does a time capsule is a novice, because you only do one in...

April 4, 2014

On April 1st, we updated our 60-year old microfilming program and officially went digital. Microfilm used to be the only way to permanently preserve records, but technological advances have made digital preservation a good alternative and far superior in its usability, cost, and space saving benefits. Furthermore, microfilm can still be used in conjunction with a digital preservation program by...

November 28, 2012

After Sandy, a rainbow over Manhattan. Via Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

As residents of New Jersey and New York work toward the full restoration of their households and livelihoods after Hurricane Sandy, among...

July 6, 2012

PHS has recently digitized and made available several collections of 19th and early 20th century missionary periodicals. Through our partners at the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Collaborative, we have added five Presbyterian serials (Missionary Reporter, 1829-1832; Presbyterian Treasury of Education, Religion and General Intelligence, 1848-1849; Presbyterian Monthly, 1867-1870; Presbyterian Monthly Record, 1869-1886; and Church at Home and Abroad, 1895-1898) and a...

April 12, 2012

Preservation Week is an annual education campaign begun by the American Library Association in 2010 to draw attention to the environmental threats collections face. These include everything from light, heat and humidity to hurricanes, vermin and vandals. From April 22 through 28th this year, archivists and librarians are encouraged to educate our patrons, review our disaster planning, and to take a bite out of the discipline's backlog of endangered items by each of us doing one small preservation act.

While...

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