Wednesday, July 9, 2008

From the Preservation Lab

This week in the lab 1960's documents from the Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency are being repaired. These bulletins were sent out to local civil defense directors to alert them to hazardous conditions and instruct the directors in emergency preparedness. The topic of the bulletin pictured above is hurricane safety precautions, a topic on which Massachusetts is still educating today.

This summer the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is publishing a series of articles on preparedness for the hurricane season. These articles can be found on the main page of the MEMA website. With this week's naming of Bertha as the first hurricane of the 2008 season, the MEMA series is a timely read.

All bulletins in this 1960's series will have the staples removed, be cleaned of dust, bound with linen thread and a custom acid-free enclosure will be created to house and protect the items.

-Lacy Crews, Preservation Assistant