26 March 2014

Jamboree - Heirloom Roadshow Wants You!

Heirloom Roadshow 
is coming to the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and you can be part of it! 

Did you inherit a beautiful antique table or chair from your ancestor? Do you know how to how to preserve the historical and cash value of your treasure?

Have you ever wondered how to care for your great-grandmother’s lace tablecloth? Wondering how to preserve your ancestor’s military medals?

Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, will host an information-packed session with special guest Joseph Baratta, antiques appraiser and auctioneer from Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles on Sunday morning, June 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Registered attendees to the SCGS Jamboree are invited to submit their keepsake preservation challenges for a chance to be featured in this lively presentation. Selected participants will have reserved front-row seating at the event and learn from author Denise Levenick and antiques expert Joe Baratta how to rescue, preserve, and archive their treasures.

The Heirloom Roadshow is looking for family keepsakes of all kinds, from knick-knacks to knock-offs. Tell us why your treasure is important to you, and you’ll learn how to take care of it for the next generation.

To Participate:
Send one email per heirloom with “HEIRLOOM ROADSHOW” in the Subject Line to familycurator (at) gmail (dot) com. Entries are due by May 1, 2014. Please include:

•    your name and contact information
•    1-3 digital photos clearly showing the item
•    a brief description of the item including size and physical description
•    your preservation challenge
•    why it is special to you or your family
Feel free to add:
•    how you came to own it
•    previous owners, where and when they lived
•    any stories or memories you’d like to share

Denise Levenick inherited her first family archive from her grandmother in 2000 and created The Family Curator blog and website in 2007 to record her progress in preserving and digitizing the collection. She is the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes (Family Tree Books, 2012) and a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine. Denise lectures at seminars and conferences on digitizing, preserving, and sharing family treasures, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, SCGS, and the National Genealogical Society.

Joseph Baratta joined Abell Auction Company in 2001 where he is currently Vice President for Client Development and Senior Cataloger. He has coordinated the quarterly Fine Art and Antique Action for over ten years researching over 600 lots in each sale, and providing descriptions for the general sale brochure and directing the sale marketing campaigns. Joe also prepares general appraisals for estates throughout Southern California for trust officers, bankers, and private parties, and participates as auctioneer in the weekly estate auctions. Joe attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and holds a B.A. in Art History from Boston College and certification in Appraisal Studies from New York University.

For questions or more information, contact Denise Levenick familycurator (at) gmail (dot) com.

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