The importance of caring for family heirlooms and preserving Oklahoma's culture and heritage is the focus of an exhibit that will travel throughout the state in 2013 and 2014. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust and hosted by local museums and libraries, the free exhibit offers tips on providing the best possible care for family heirlooms.

The exhibit consists of 12 panels with best practices on how to care for items including textiles, recordings such as cassettes and family videos, jewelry, clocks and watches, photographs, paintings and paper items such as letters, certificates and maps. Natural materials such as fur, feathers, wood and leather, as well as decorative metals such as silver, brass and copper are covered. The exhibit offers helpful hints on the proper display, storage and handling of items, as well as expert advice on things not to do.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust provides helpful online resources for individuals regarding the proper care of family heirlooms as well as the full traveling exhibit schedule at

"The traveling exhibit is a wonderful resource for individuals to learn more about caring for their personal heirlooms," said Brenda Granger, co-project director of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. "We are excited to assist families in preserving their treasured items to ensure they will be able to be passed down to generations to come."

The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is an alliance between the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma

Museums Association and many additional supporting partners. The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is dedicated to working together with Oklahoma's collections-based archives, libraries and museums to improve support for collections care through training and public awareness. Activities are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency. For more information visit or call 405-522-3515.