Cranford History

Preservation Matters

“…let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.”

— Thomas Jefferson, February 18, 1791

Sadly, Cranford has been devastated by many serious weather related matters.  Built on a river, the community suffers from flooding and as a result many precious artifacts have been lost.  A digital strategy will serve the historic preservation needs of local history and heritage information;  CranfordHistory.org is one part of that long term strategy.

The Association for Library and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, hosts a Preservation Week annually.

There site offers suggests for creating preservation focused events such as:

  • create a display about preserving and collecting personal, family, or community heritage
  • offer a preservation workshop or event or
  • highlight Preservation Week  resources.

Cornell University offers a digital asset preservation policy framework.

The Association of Personal Historians organization offers suggestions for the gathering, presentation and preservation of personal and family history materials.

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