March 04, 2023

"Preserving Family Photographs" by Gary D. Saretzky, March 4th, 2023 at 2PM

On Saturday, March 4th, 2023 at 2PM, the Museum cordially invites the general public to Preserving Family Photographs:  A Virtual ZOOM Workshop by Gary D. Saretzky.

Since the introduction of photographic portrait studios in 1840, photographs have been among the most treasured of family records but, while most are long-lasting when stored optimally in archives, in the home environment, they are all too often prone to fading and discoloration.  In this slide lecture, Gary Saretzky will provide guidance on how the life of family photographs can be extended so that hey can be passed down to future generations.  The lecture includes examples of how old photographs can be enhanced or restored in the computer after digitization.

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist and photographer, worked as an archivist for more than fifty years at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Educational Testing Service, and he Monmouth County Archives, where he was County Archivist from 1994 to 2019.  A member of the Photographic Materials Group of the American Institute for Conservation, Saretzky taught the history of photography at Mercer County Community College, 1977-2012.  He has published more than 100 articles and reviews on the history of photography, photographic conservation, and other topics, including one on a Paterson photographer, "New Jersey Photographers of the Civil War and Postwar Era:  John P. Doremus," New Jersey Studies:  An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Winter 2022).

This virtual program will be hosted by the Museum via ZOOM.  Individuals interested in joining the free program are asked to call the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or email labormuseum@gmail.com to request the ZOOM link.