Antique Violin. Photo by Michael R. Barnes, Smithsonian Institution

Photo by Michael R. Barnes, Smithsonian Institution

Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation

Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Brooklyn Museum joins the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to present a daylong program to help Brooklyn residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in attics, closets, and basements. The event features presentations, hands-on activities, and preservation tips. Participants may bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for the items. Specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine items’ monetary value. Objects such as books, papers, ceramics, and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed (furniture, carpets, firearms, and paintings are excluded).

The Treasures program also features fun and informative presentations throughout the day, including:

  • Preservation Presentations: Learn how to preserve clothing and textiles, family photographs, and papers. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Hands-on Preservation: Gain hands-on experience in proper preparation and packing of letters, garments, and photographs for preservation, storage, and presentation.
For more information, please call the Save Our African American Treasures information line at (877) 733-9599 or email