Richfield Historical Society Receives $37,130 Grant

We are so pleased to receive this competitive grant through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society. The grant is for us to conduct a historic structure report on the Riley Lucus Bartholomew House that was built in 1862, deemed one of the oldest surviving homes in Richfield. It was listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places on November 28th, 1978.

A few years ago, the RHS Board began looking at ways to enhance educational offerings for more school children and found that in order to do so, we needed to prep the Bartholomew House so that it could be preserved but also accessible to our visitors. For small museums like ours fundraising is a big deal, and we needed something big in order to complete this preservation study. Swoops in the leaders on our Board (our heroes really) and the long arduous journey of sweat, blood, tears, rejection, and ultimately triumph begin. The great team of grant managers at the Minnesota Historical Society really helped us see the bigger picture and suggested different options that we did not know about for the preservation of the Bartholomew House. The wait is, in my opinion, the hardest part. When I opened the mail and saw the MNHS logo my heart was racing! It was literally the adult version of Christmas, and how elated I was when it was great news.

We are here to say, “Thank you,” to the thoughtful citizens of Minnesota who, through a vote, enables our continued work of keeping and sharing our history.

Press Release RHS receives grant

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New Exhibition Coming!

We have an exciting new exhibit being installed this Fall 2014 about making memories. You can be involved by lending us some objects and stories about how you make memories. Please follow the link for a list of items we need. http://goo.gl/CsAQP8

We also have props from the previous exhibition to give away. See the photos and give us a call! Phone: 612-798-6140 or Email: richfieldhistory@gmail. com

 

 

 

(NOTE: Richfield Historical Society is CLOSED on Saturday, October 11, 2014)

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The Quick and Dirty of Preserving Your Photographs

House on 62 and Garfield in the Village of Richfield. 1956.

The quick and dirty rules for keeping your photographs or diaries longer is to keep it in a stable, clean, and dark environment. 

Let me break it down even more. Stable, as in cool 65 degrees and dry as in 30-50% relative humidity. How can you tell what the humidity level is? Get a digital thermo hygrometer from amazon for between $20 and $30, stick it in the room where you will be storing your precious memories and BOOM. You’ll know what the temp and RH is and adjust as needed.

Clean. Why should that space be clean? Hmm.. let’s think on this one. Ok, state-the-obvious aside, some ways to keep your materials clean is to keep it covered. In shoe boxes with covers, lined with tissue paper works great. If you want something a bit more fancy but inexpensive, purchase manila file folders and interleaf the photographs with archival paper. Handle your goods the way you do with food. Wash your hands before digging in and reminiscing. This keeps the oils and dirt on your hands from soiling photographs, which will then speed up the deterioration process. Food and liquids should always be kept far from your storage space. These attract our crawling friends.

Dark room. Light, from any source, is the worst kind of exposure. The sun of course emits the most damaging rays. (That’s why we wear sunblock.) Keep the lights off as much as possible in your storage area. Or keep your materials covered or in boxes. If you’re displaying a photo of grandma, don’t place it on a wall with direct sunlight. Change out your photos so that they don’t stay in any light for a long period of time.

OK, so you’ve done all this and still want more tips?

Here is one free reference from the NE Document Conservation Center that I recently discovered that has absolutely everything a professional, hobbyist, historian, genealogist, retired person or anyone, should ever need to preserve their archival history.
http://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/overview?fontsize=6

The Minnesota Historical Society of course has some of the best resources.
http://www.mnhs.org/people/mngg/stories/photos.php
http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/conservation/photographs.php

And the Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/photo.html

Hey, and if you want some first hand experience before trying it out on your own, we’re always looking for volunteers!

The photo above is part of our photographic collection of inventory of homes in Richfield in the late 50s.

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Free Music: Backporch at the Bart

Featuring Chase and the Pacers

Settle down for the summer with a final show in our music series of Backporch at the Bart.

Rock with us in this fun show with Chase and the Pacers. Our very own board member, Todd Chase, leads band mates Barb Brynstad, Russ Peterson, Sloppy Joe, and Todd Crouch in a mix of rock, pop, and folk.

Bring a blanket, lawn chair, snack, and laze away the summer evening.

Where
Richfield Historical Society
6901 Lyndale Ave s
Richfield, MN 55423
612-798-6140

When
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7 PM

Who
All ages

FREE

 

 

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