Do you have historical or family artifacts that you'd like to preserve? This event gives you the opportunity to speak with preservation specialists about how to protect these precious items. This only happens every other year, so don't miss your chance on April 7th from 1-4 p.m. The Preservation Emporium is hosted by the University of Illinois Library and Spurlock Museum. Here are the details from the library website:

Organized by the Preservation Working Group of the University of Illinois, this informational event welcomes visitors to meet and talk with preservation specialists whose expertise ranges from antiquities to modern digital media. Have you ever wondered how to preserve that old film of family memories or take care of grandma’s quilt? Bring your small, hand-held items to the Museum or come with images of larger items and have your preservation questions answered by the presenting experts.


Mapping History at the University of Illinois:  Saving memories and making history


Ellen D. Swain, as Archivist for Student Life and Culture, directs the Student Life and Culture (SLC) Archives, a program of the University of Illinois Archives.  The SLC Archives documents the history of national fraternities and sororities and all aspects of student life and culture at the University of Illinois.  Her research focuses on documentary and outreach strategies, oral history, and teaching with primary sources. In 2013, she was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Marci S. Uihlein is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her research focuses around the structural engineering profession: its history, the professional relationship between architects and engineers, and creativity in structural engineering design.  Marci has articles published in the Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, and Construction History. Her article on the history of the early architectural engineering education, “University of Illinois, N. Clifford Ricker, and the Origins of Architectural Engineering Education in the United States” has been published in the Journal of Architectural Engineering.

Joe Porto is a Master of Library and Information Science (LIS) student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. He also received his bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Illinois. He is currently a Graduate Assistant at the Scholarly Commons in the University of Illinois Main Library, where he utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to contribute to library GIS projects, including the Mapping History project. For the past three semesters, he has been guiding undergraduate History students who contribute to the Mapping History project for course credit. Joe is pursuing a career in business research, where he can utilize the GIS and research skills he has gained during his time in the LIS and History programs at the University of Illinois.