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News Release
July 30, 2007

SUBJECT:  "Saving Nebraska's Treasures" Teaches Preservation Techniques

Tucked away in attics, basements and boxes, our family and community heritage is slowly disintegrating. Most of us own treasured items such as photographs, furniture, quilts and knickknacks, but few of us care for them properly.

"Saving Nebraska's Treasures," a co-production of the Nebraska State Historical Society and NET Television offers advice to help owners preserve and protect their heirlooms. The program airs Thursday, July 26, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1 and in high definition on NET-HD. It airs on NET2 Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m. CT; Sunday, July 29, at 4 p.m. CT; and Tuesday, July 31, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT.

Segments taped in specialized laboratories at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha will introduce viewers to the science and art of conservation.

Other program segments from special Heirloom Health Clinics held in Omaha and Lincoln during the summer of 2006 demonstrate how individuals can improve care of their treasures at home.

As conservators make "heirloom house calls" to the Saline County Museum in Dorchester, Neb., and the public library in David City, Neb., viewers see simple steps that can help preserve textiles and photographs. During a visit to Niobrara, Neb., and the powwow grounds of the Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, a conservator examines the tribe's only remaining pipe as well as powwow regalia.

Other treasures featured in the program include an 1872 silver tea set passed through generations of former Nebraska Governor Keith Neville's family and a 1730 copy of Sir Isaac Newton's scientific paper on optics. Conservators also help unravel the mystery of a signature quilt, piece together a broken pot that links a family together and offer advice on storing quilts and polishing silver.

The "Saving Nebraska's Treasures" project also includes a comprehensive Web site and a series of summer workshops. The Web site offers video clips, step-by-step advice and links to other Web sites for those who are interested in preserving their own heirlooms. Visit for more information.

The public is invited to participate in workshops on Aug. 16 (paper, photographs, books and other paper-based objects) and Sept. 11 (care of materials to be digitized for the Nebraska Library Commission's Nebraska Memories Web site). Workshops run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT.

Nebraska State Historical Society experts present the workshops which originate from the NET studios at 1800 North 33rd Street in Lincoln. They are delivered via satellite to Blair, Broken Bow, Chadron, Fairbury, Harrison, Kearney, Lexington, McCook, Neligh, Scottsbluff and Thedford. The workshops are also available as streaming video online. For more information about the workshops, visit or email treasures at

"Saving Nebraska's Treasures" is a cooperative effort of the Nebraska State Historical Society's Ford Conservation Center, the Nebraska Library Commission and NET. It is funded in part by the Partnerships for a Nation of Learners project of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"Saving Nebraska's Treasures" broadcast dates and times have been set:

NET2 Tue, 07/31/2007 11:00:00
NET2 Tue, 07/31/2007 16:00:00
NET3 Tue, 09/04/2007 18:00:00
NET2 Tue, 09/11/2007 16:00:00
NET2 Tue, 09/11/2007 11:00:00
NET3 Thu, 09/13/2007 19:00:00
NET2 Sat,  09/15/2007 09:00:00
NET3 Thu, 09/27/2007 19:00:00

NET1, NET2 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For more information about NET programming, go to

NSHS Contact: Lynne Ireland, 402-471-3270
Program Content: Michele Wolford, 402-472-9333, ext. 514
Release written by: Kim Rogers, 402-472-9333, ext. 512


For general information:

Lynne Ireland
Chief Education and Research Officer
Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501
402.471.4758 (v)
402.471-3100 (f)

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