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Care and Identification of Historic Family Photographs

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Joan Hostetler, owner of Heritage Photo Services in downtown Indianapolis

If you have old family photos that you would like to preserve and pass on to your children or grandchildren, you’ll want to attend Joan Hostetler’s workshop, “Care and Identification of Historic Family Photographs.” It will be held in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center’s Multipurpose Room on the canal level, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Formerly employed by the Indiana Historical Society's visual collections and exhibitions departments, Hostetler now owns Heritage Photo Services. She regularly consults with historical societies, museums, libraries and archives throughout Indiana and conducts classes, such as this one, for interested individuals.

Hostetler will teach attendees how to date, interpret and preserve their one-of-a-kind family photographs, from daguerreotypes of the 1840s to today’s digital photographs. She will cover the history of photography, give a hands-on identification of processes and formats, and discuss the best ways to preserve your images. Attendees are invited to bring problematic or interesting photographs for a show-and-tell session.

Hostetler received her master of fine arts in imaging arts and museum studies from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the George Eastman House Photographic Preservation and Archives Management Certificate Program. She specializes in photograph preservation and digital imaging.

The workshop is $15 or $12 for IHS members. Make your reservation soon. The class is limited to the first thirty people who register. Register online or call (317) 232-1882.

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1. Norma Gardner says

Oct. 4, 2010 at 11:44 a.m.
Teresa: Thanks for this valuable information. I had tried to get some photos printed at Walgreens and at Target. They were old photos and of course, they could not reproduce a copy that I needed. I have been looking for someone who restores and works from a negative. I wished I had read my e-mail earlier and I would have attended this workshop. Robin Waldron (The Write Source)and I are still giving programs to introduce and encourage people to get their life stories down on paper. It's one of the most important ways of documenting history and valuable to their own families. I look forward to more of your outstanding programs. Thanks again - have a great day. Norma

2. Fred K Paine, Ph D says

Jan. 28, 2011 at 3:59 p.m.
Any assistance available on line for period dating of photos? I have 19th century family photos in frames as well as complete 1880s-era velvet-covered photo album from grandparents (m. 1884) near New Carlisle, IN. and farm there in family 150 years. Glad to share. fkpaine@yahoo.com (Austin, TX)