County historical societies and museums have some of the most varied collections you’ll find within the museum field. Preserving those collections takes knowledge of a wide range of materials, along with the best practices for caring for those materials over time.
Museum staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about preserving items in your personal collections. Just give us a call or send an email.
Below are resources related to various museum preservation practices.
Business History Form (Download & print this 1-page pdf form to summarize the history of a business. Please provide a completed copy of the form to MCHS for its collections.)
House History Forms (gather your house history using the forms we’ve developed)
Plastics Identification (pdf document)
Sorting for History: Leaving a Legacy Through Your Possessions – This guide will help you sort and store the possessions you want to pass along as your legacy using techniques suitable for museum collections. A print version is available through the Morrison County Historical Society’s Shop.
What’s Left Out (an examination of what is left out of the historic record)
What’s Worth Saving? (an article about the complexities of preservation)