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Who Will Preserve Your Personal and Family Historical Collections?
Feb. 27 Workshop Explains Donor-Repository Partnerships

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Who will preserve your valuable books, documents, paintings and photographs? You can learn how to select a secure and permanent home for your valuable personal and family historical collections at a special workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 27, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The workshop – “Personal and Family Historical Collections: Assuring Their Future” – will take place on Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1391 South Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076.

Two local experts will provide private collectors, historical groups, overseers/owners of family historical materials and the general public with answers to questions about choosing an appropriate repository for valuable historical collections. Plainfield Public Library Director Joseph DaRold and retired librarian Barbara Polk Riley, who recently donated 1,881 books from the Polk Family African American Book Collections to the Plainfield Library, will discuss the intricacies of the donor-repository partnership.

Pre-registration is required by Feb. 22. The registration fee is $10.00. To register or to request a workshop brochure, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550; Relay Users call 1-800-852-7899; or E-mail:

This public history workshop is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Community Renewal. The program is funded in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.