Saving Your Family Treasures Resources

When homes are damaged and lives are upended, treasured keepsakes such as artwork, photos, personal papers, and other family heirlooms become more cherished. Even in the aftermath of a disaster, these treasures may be salvageable.

The University of Nebraska State Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, History Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative provide the following information on how to preserve damaged personal heirlooms after natural disasters.

Recording of Saving Your Families Treasurers workshop held at Morrill Hall on Friday, March 29.


Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

HENTF: Resources for the Public and Historic Property Owners

HENTF: Response and Recovery Resources

FEMA After the Flood Fact Sheet
FEMA Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms Fact Sheet

ICCROM Evacuation Guide

ICCROM Handbook and Toolkit on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions Paperback, June 2, 2005, by Don Williams

Saving Your Family Treasures Supplies Check-list

These workshops were made possible by the generous support of:
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this training do not necessarily represent those of our sponsors.