Archiving Your Family History: Introduction to Archival Basics

Are you overwhelmed with generations of family photos? Do you need help learning to preserve digital photos and documents? Are you struggling to tell your family's story?  This series, Archiving Your Family History, is for you!  Join us as we welcome Rhonda Chadwick of LenaSalina Legacy Preservation to learn how to select and protect the most important aspects of our family histories with a 21st-century approach to archiving. This program is cumulative and it is strongly encouraged that participants register for all four sessions. If you are interested in attending the digital preservation session on November 5th, it is strongly recommended that you attend the October 22nd sessions. 

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. INTRODUCTION TO ARCHIVAL BASICS: Attendees will walk away knowing where to begin, learn the best location within their homes to store documents, receive a presentation on archival enclosures, and get tips on organizing materials. This lecture acts as an introduction to the other sessions.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. ORGANIZING YOUR MATERIALS: Genealogists and family historians quickly get overwhelmed with the number of family memorabilia they amass. Learning about the best storage enclosures, environmental controls, and file formats, but if all that material isn't stored properly, access can still be unmanageable or impossible. Using the tried and tested principles archivists use to organize and retrieve massive amounts of information patrons will learn how to create a true archive for their family collections.

This series is generously funded by the Scituate Education Foundation and the Friends of the Scituate Town Library. 

Rhonda Chadwick has master's degrees in both History and Library Science. She has worked at a number of institutions including the Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, and the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA. When she was going through grad school she couldn’t help but think that individuals and families would benefit from the knowledge of properly archiving their personal items. Her new mission is to teach people how to use best practices in storing their photographs, documents, and artifacts.  She hopes to inspire people to preserve their documents, create a family legacy and tell their stories and the stories of those who have gone before them.

To learn more about Rhonda Chadwick and LenaSalina Legacy Preservation, visit

Saturday Oct 22, 2022
10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Ann Lattinville    7815458727
Community Room
There are 61 spaces available.