What is Preservation Week?
President Obama once wrote, “Part of America’s genius has always been its ability to absorb newcomers, to forge a national identity out of the disparate lot that arrived on our shores.” The memories and treasures of individuals, families, and communities are essential to the record of this process—they contribute to our understanding of history and its participants just as collections in libraries, museums, and archives do. Preservation Week, “Pass It On!” is the time when local institutions across the country celebrate with preservation-themed events in their own communities. Sponsored by the American Library Association, Preservation Week highlights collections of all kinds and is a link to simple steps to help you make sure your treasures and memories last a lifetime, by getting passed on to future generations. (ALA Preservation Week Short Messages to Share.)
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