News from the Reference Desk Category: History

Preservation Week 2021

vintage and antique photos and docuomentsAn initiative of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures which is a division of the American Library Association, Preservation Week (April 25-May 1, 2021) highlights what libraries and individuals can do to preserve our personal and shared collections. The American Library Association webpage for this event guidelines for how to preserve items in personal collections (photographs, audio recordings, films, textiles) and webinars which give additional information about preservation issues. The University of Illinois Library also has information and webinar links on its Preservation webpage.

The Mount Prospect Public Library has several books in its collection which can help individuals care for their own treasures. Two of these are An Ounce of Preservation by Craig A. Tuttle and Windows on the Past: Identifying, Dating and Preserving Photographs by Diane V. Gagel.

If you would like to contact a professional conservator for advice about an item in your personal collection, check out the Find a Conservator Portal offered by the American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works.

Pandemic Moments 2020 Project Update

2020 Pandemic Moments in Mount ProspectA few months ago the Mount Prospect Historical Society along with the Mount Prospect Public Library launched a community history project focused on the experiences of residents during this pandemic.  To see what kinds of things can be included check out two of the submissions.  One is from a furloughed soccer player while the other explores the experiences of a college student. Please do not hesitate to share your own stories; each one adds a unique touch to the history of our community. You might even receive a gift certificate for Capannari Ice Cream! For more information about how to contribute to the project, please go to the Pandemic 2020 Moments page of the Mount Prospect Historical Society website.

2020 Pandemic Moments History Project

2020 Pandemic Moments in Mount Prospect

The Mount Prospect Historical Society in partnership with the Mount Prospect Public Library has launched a new community project. Residents and others affiliated with Mount Prospect are asked to share photos and videos and to write essays, impressions and even poems to help others among us put this experience into a larger context and provide those who come after us with a snapshot of what life has been like in Mount Prospect during this COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about this project and how to share your experiences, please see this page on the Mount Prospect Historical Society web site.

National Geographic History

national geographic magazine coverNational Geographic History magazine is coming to our subscription of the National Geographic Virtual Library which contains every page of every issue ever of National Geographic & National Geographic Travel. As of the time of publishing this blog post, History is not yet part of the browse function but will show up in search results. National Geographic Travel magazine will cease to publish at the end of this year but the issues we have already will not vanish from the Virtual Library.

Free Photo Colorization from MyHeritage

Would you like see your family’s black and white photographs in a new light? You may want to look into a service offered by the genealogy online resource MyHeritage. The company revolutionized the world of online genealogy web sites recently when the company announced that anyone could upload black-and-white photographs to MyHeritage.com and then the web site would AUTOMATICALLY convert each photo to a color image.  This service was only available to people who had a full MyHeritage subscription.  Now EVERYONE can obtain FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, 2020. Ordinarily only 10  photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.  A free online access subscription is required if you would like MyHeritage to add the photos to their extensive photograph collection.

To get started, go to http://www.myheritage.com/incolor.