Connecting to Collections Webcasts

Connecting to Collections: Stewardship of America's Legacy, Answering the Call, Buffalo, NY has now posted webcasts of the individual conference sessions. I was lucky enough to be one of the 73 attendees (out of a total of 266 -- and the only person from SC) attending the conference on an Heritage Preservation travel stipend.

Most of the sessions concentrated more on objects and artifacts conservation than on paper conservation. Given that materials inside the BDC tend to be paper-based, I learned "stuff" I didn't know about objects and artifacts conservation. The session I found most helpful was Panel IV: No one is interested in what I do. There is a general lack of understanding about, or indeed, interest in, the nuts-and-bolts -- and cost -- of historic material, archival, objects, and artifactual preservation and conservation.

What was my take-away from the conference? The BDC is better off than some sister organizations but -- even being better off isn't a good situation.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.