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Urbandale Public Library/Preservation Week Programs

Get inspired to preserve your family history with live and on-demand educational opportunities!

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Using Oral History to Tell Your Family Stories

Free Webinar Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 PM.

The ALA and ALCTS invite you to register for this educational session, led by historian Daniel Horowitz Garcia.

Program Description: The stories we tell each other at gatherings are the seeds of family history. This session will help those interested in preserving family stories through audio recording. Participants will be inspired to launch their own projects as well as be exposed to the basics needed to make those projects successful. This includes equipment, technique, and processes for capturing and recording oral history. See Tech requirements below.

Register for this webinar: Click here.

Tech Requirements: To participate in this webinar, you will need a computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended. ALCTS webinars are presented through GoToWebinar. 
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Preserving Family Recipes – Webinar and Activity

Now that we’re cooking at home more often, do you find yourself reaching for that one tried-and-true family recipe that everyone loves? You know, the one that’s handwritten on a dog-eared recipe card or found on a tattered page in a much-loved cookbook (with notes written in the margin)?

Whether you have one special dish or an entire heirloom cookbook, family recipes carry fond memories and can help bring generations together. We invite you to watch this free, 1-hour webinar led by Valerie J. Frey. author of Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions. Frey explores various aspects of your family’s heirloom recipes and how to preserve them for the future. (Please see Tech Requirements below.)

Preserving Family Recipes Webinar: Watch Now

Tech Requirements: To watch this webinar, you will need a computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

This webinar is presented through GoToWebinar:
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Preserve a Recipe with a Recipe Collage

Now it’s your turn! If you are feeling inspired to preserve one of your family recipes, here’s a fun activity to try at home:

  • First, create a copy of the recipe. Use a scanner, if you have access to one. If you don’t own or have access to a scanner, take a picture of your recipe with a camera or a smartphone, then you can upload or email the photo to your computer.
  • Find an old photo that somehow relates to the recipe, maybe a photo of the relative who first shared the recipe or a photo of your family around the table. Create a copy of the old photo, too – either a digital copy or a photocopy. (Don’t have a photo? Ask the kids to draw a picture!)
  • Type or handwrite a brief paragraph describing the recipe author, the reasons why this particular recipe is so beloved, or any other memories that might relate to this recipe.
  • Now, put it all together in a collage! You can print off the digital copies and glue them to scrapbook paper – or even create a digital collage using web resources, such an an online scrapbooking or graphic design platform. Use your imagination!

Coming soon! Examples of recipe collages to get you started.

Share your work!

Send a photo of your finished collage to and we’ll add it to our Preservation Week webpage.

Other On-Demand Learning Opportunities

The ALA has made a variety of previously recorded 1-hour webinars from past Preservation Week celebrations available for you to watch from home.

Caring for Family Keepsakes: Highlights basic archival care for common family treasures such as photo albums, loose photographs, Bibles, clocks, jewelry, and more. Dozens of photos illustrate proper storage practices, and damage resulting from poor storage and common hazards such as silverfish, mold, and acid migration. Discover what to save when you inherit a houseful of “treasures,” how and where to store your keepsakes, and how to set up a home archive so you can easily access items for research and sharing.

Preserving Your Family History: Everyone has a story and every family has stories that have been lost or forgotten. What does it mean to preserve your family history? Family history can include documents, photos, oral history, and family heirlooms. How do you start researching your own family history? How do you preserve family history for future generations through storytelling?

Preserving Scrapbooks: Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks
  • how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them
  • how to identify the most stable materials and bindings for creating new scrapbooks

Caring for Your Textiles: Whether it’s grandma’s wedding dress, a box of military uniforms, or a heirloom quilt, many of us have textiles in our homes that we care deeply about. Preserving these materials can be a challenge due to their materials, size, or condition. This webinar will offer an introduction to different physical characteristics and fibers and hazards faced by these items. A discussion of cleaning and storage techniques that are appropriate for home care will equip you to make good decisions so that your treasured textiles last.