Conserving, Preserving, and Restoring Your Heritage

Overview

Artifacts, whether found in museums, our community, or our homes, offer glimpses into the past. Be they documents, photographs, books, or clothing, as custodians of our history, we’re faced with how to maintain these items. Professional conservator Kennis Kim tells us how. Topics discussed include: creating an accession list; the nature of conservation, restoration, and preservation; deciding on display, storage, or using the artifact; common threats such as light, humidity, insects, and rodents; and when to call a professional. Here is all that’s needed to determine what can be done to preserve precious articles for future generations.

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Kennis has a master of art conservation from Queen’s University and a master of art history and mater of museum studies from Syracuse University. She has worked for the National Art Gallery, Ottawa; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; and the Textile Conservation Workshop, South Salem, New York. She lives in Toronto.

Reviews

Kennis Kim's book on keeping artifacts would be of interest to many, not just genealogical researchers.

Times-Colonist, The

This is an excellent book, clearly written, easy to read, and certainly one that I will put on my bookshelf and frequently take down to consult. It was truly exciting to read a book by someone who knows her vast topic so thoroughly, and conveys the information so well.

The British Columbia Genealogist

This book should help genealogists and historical organizations make wise decisions about storing and preserving priceless heirlooms.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Sip carefully of drink freely. Either way, you'll soon find yourself under Kishkan's spell.

Quill and Quire (January, 2005)

About the Author

Kennis Kim

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Kennis Kim

Kennis has a master of art conservation from Queen's University and a master of art history and mater of museum studies from Syracuse University. She has worked for the National Art Gallery, Ottawa; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; and the Textile Conservation Workshop, South Salem, New York. She lives in Toronto.