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#myww2stuff- Submit your preservation conundrums!

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What WWII stuff do you have in your attic?

What WWII stuff do you have in your attic? Pictured: Field jacket & dog tags from the collection of The National WWII Museum

With the holiday season upon us, it only means that 2015 is right around the corner. With a new year, comes new resolutions, and you might find yourself cleaning out spaces usually ignored during the rest of the year, such as back recesses of closets and attics. You might come across some keepsakes of your relatives, including mementos, letters, uniforms, and photographs from WWII. With 16 million men and women in uniform in WWII, and millions more doing their part on the Home Front, inheriting important  wartime pieces of our parents and grandparents lives is a common occurrence. Not sure how to preserve these items for future family members and generations? Well the Education and Collections staff at the Museum are here to help!

Here’s what you can do to ensure you’re taking proper care of these fragile materials, now 70 years old or older:

1. Submit a picture or conservation question about your wartime keepsake with a post on the Museum’s Facebook Wall or tag @WWIIMuseum on Twitter or Instagram pages using the hashtag #myww2stuff. 

2. Tune into our Adult Learning Webinar, Caring for Your Own WWII Collection  on January 14th. Museum Registrar and Assistant Director of Collections and Exhibits Toni Kiser  will share common preservation techniques and answer your specific submitted questions. Can’t watch the live program? All registrants will receive a recording to view at their own convenience.

Register today and don’t forget to send questions and pictures our way with the hashtag #myww2stuff!

Post by Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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