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Preserving Saluda’s past for its future

The Historic Saluda Committee is pleased to announce a new program series called Step Back in History, which will feature programs pertaining to Saluda’s rich history or historic preservation. The next program will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Saluda Public Library.

The Western Regional Archives, a branch of the State Archives of North Carolina, is a regional repository for historical collections and research but is also a go-to source for preservation information. Using a “Trunk of Trouble,” Lead Archivist Heather South will share basic care, handling, and storage instructions for taking care of your family documents and photographs. It could be your grandfather’s World War II letters home, your parent’s wedding photos, or even your high school scrapbook, there are always historical treasures we want to save and preserve for future generations.

The hour-long program is suitable for researchers, teachers, students, genealogists and anyone interested in learning the basics of archival preservation. The free program provides insight on where to start and shares ideas for inexpensive solutions to frequent troubles. “The Trunk of Trouble” uses examples and samples all about the do’s and don’ts of preservation for books, paper  and photographs. “The Trunk of Trouble!” is led by lead archivist Heather South with the Western Regional Archives. South came to the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to open their western branch in 2012. She has over 20 years’ experience working in archives and preservation, is a certified archivist, and a National Heritage Responder. She loves western North Carolina and enjoys sharing her passion for archives and preserving historical treasures.

All ages are welcome and refreshments will be served. Additional programs will be offered throughout 2018.

– Submitted by Lynn Cass