The free workshops, designed to provide guidance on preserving books, papers and photographs, will be held Thursday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, 120 N. Main St., Hannibal.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has announced the location and dates of three workshops intended to outline preservation best practices for both the public and the state’s records community. The free workshops, designed to provide guidance on preserving books, papers and photographs, will be held Thursday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, 120 N. Main St., Hannibal. 

All workshops are free of charge for attendees and will be five to six hours in duration, with a one-hour lunch break. Missouri State Archives staff will offer pragmatic guidance on how best to preserve book, paper and photographic records. Discussions will include the proper storage of archival collections, how to assess “archival materials” vendors, appropriate methods for the use of archival materials, as well as reformatting options and administrative issues. 

 The workshops are made possible through a State Board Programming Grant awarded to the Records Services Division of Ashcroft’s office. 

For further information on the workshops, or to register, contact the Missouri State Archives’ liaison to the MHRAB, Brian Rogers, at 573-526-1981 or brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov.