Smithsonian experts to teach residents how to save precious heirlooms
BATON ROUGE – Preservation experts with the Smithsonian Institution will be available to help demonstrate how to save family treasures that were damaged in the historic flooding.
According to a statement by FEMA, flood survivors can learn how to salvage photos, artwork, quilts and family heirlooms. The experts will demonstrate how to handle, dry and clean the objects as well as share tips on personal safety.
FEMA says photos can be rinsed gently in clean water and air dried on plastic screens, paper towels or hung on plastic clothespins. It is important that the image does not contact any other surface as it dries.
Experts say high direct heat from hair dryers or irons, or prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause irreversible damage. It’s better to use open windows, fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
The sessions will be:
Friday, September 23
Lafayette Disaster Recovery Center
301 West University Avenue
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 24
East Baton Rouge Parish
Celtic Disaster Recovery Center
10000 Celtic Drive
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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