One session is new, the other is an "encore" performance, yet both of the Oberlin Heritage Center's fall workshops will be of interest to those who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills in properly caring for their historic artifacts.
Advance registration is required for the workshops which will be offered at the Oberlin Depot, 240 S. Main St. Participants may choose to register for either or both of the following sessions:
"Identifying, Dating and Caring for your Historical Photograph Collection" will be presented by Ohio Historical Society Curator Kim Feinknopf-Dorrian is an all day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Feinknopf-Dorrian is a curator specializing in fine art, photography and historic costume. Her love of photography began with the study of early cased images as a member of the Daguerreian Society and an avid collector of daguerreotypes. She has used the historical image as an important primary resource in her work with historical objects and garments for the past 17 years.
Participants in Feinknopf-Dorrian's workshop will learn how to better date their 19th- and early 20th-century photographs by learning about the history of photography, sharpening their observation skills, and receiving tips on how to preserve, store, and care for their photographs. Those attending the workshop also are invited to bring images to identify or date. This will be a participatory class, with enrollment limited to 20. The fee is $50 ($40 for Oberlin Heritage Center members) and includes lunch and a folder of resources.
Back by popular demand is the Heritage Center's "Be a Good Ancestor" workshop, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 1. This introductory workshop is taught by Oberlin Heritage Center staff members Prue Richards and Pat Holsworth, both of whom have extensive professional experience and training in archival and artifact conservation, genealogy, and oral history. This workshop "sold out" the first time it was offered, and this will be the second time it has been offered since then. The fee is $25 per person ($20 for Oberlin Heritage Center members), which includes an optional 30 minute individual follow-up consultation (at no additional cost). Space is limited to 25 participants.