Professional archivist to present class

BELPRE – Collette Hill McDonough, a professional archivist, will present a workshop from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Belpre Farmers’ Castle Museum and Education Center on preserving photographs.

A Belpre native, McDonough has volunteered her expertise to provide the class. A graduate of Belpre High School, McDonough said she’s always been interested in history and after a trip to Scotland, she became interested in working in a museum. Opportunities to delve into archiving convinced her that was her calling.

McDonough is a certified archivist at Kettering Foundation, Dayton, and an active member of the Society of American Archivists.

She holds an master’s in history with an emphasis in archiving and museums from Wright State University and a bachelor’s in history with an emphasis in Eastern European history from Wright State. She taught history and humanities at Sinclair Community College and worked at the Kettering Foundation as an archivist, first on a contractual basis, and now as a full-time archivist.

At the October workshop, McDonough will discuss various options for preserving precious family photos and offer tips for museums, historical societies, libraries and other institutions which receive photographs for exhibits.

“I’m going to talk about different types of photographs that people might have in their family collections. You have to treat each type of photograph differently when considering its care. The earliest photographic process was Daguerreotype, I’m not expecting too many people to have those. Then there are tintypes, on steel, and carte de visite which are paper photographs,” McDonough said. She will talk about the care of more recent photos as well.

“I will also be spending some time on digitalizing photographs which is something I know people are interested in,” McDonough said.

Options for storage and care will be addressed as well as the costs involved.

“The most important thing about storing is keeping them in a temperature, humidity controlled environment, take them out of the attic or basement,” she said. “My goal is to have people leave the workshop with a better understanding of why photos are important and how to better care for them because a lot of photographs are damaged over time because of a lack of knowledge,” McDonough said.

The fee for the 2-hour fundraising workshop, which is open to everyone is $20, more information and registration is available by contacting the museum located at 509 Ridge St. The museum is open from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to November and other times by appointment. Call the museum at 740 423-7588 and leave a message, or call Nancy Sams with the Belpre Historical Society at 740 423-7382.