Learn how to preserve heirlooms

The Indiana Historical Society is hosting free appraisals and an opportunity to learn about how to care for and preserve family heirlooms April 23 in honor of National Preservation Week.

Anyone interested in speaking with a professional appraiser or conservator must reserve a time slot for a free one-on-one consultation at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis.

From 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 1 to 3 p.m., appraisers will evaluate a variety of objects including works on paper, textiles, paintings, furniture, artifacts, rugs and jewelry. In addition, conservators can answer questions about caring for works on paper (fine art, letters, certificates and photographs), vellum, textiles and paintings.

For objects too large to carry, guests are encouraged to bring detailed photographs to share with appraisers and conservators. Appraisers also invite registered guests to send photos of any object prior to the road show to allow time for detailed research.

In addition to one-on-one consultations, the road show will feature a series of free presentations on a variety of topics such as how to read the history of an object as well as digital and family history resources.

No appointment is necessary for the presentations led by staff members of IHS, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Archives.

Guests may register for one-to-one consultations online at tickets.indianahistory.org or by calling 317-232-1882.

Appointments include parking and same-day admission to IHS’s Indiana Experience, which includes the W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab, where guests can learn a variety of conservation methods.

The Preservation Week Road Show is presented by IHS, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Archives.