INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the country. You see that in online research and in popular television programs.
24-Hour News 8 Anchor Eric Halvorson has been doing a little research of his own. That led him to discover something new that might help you with things that are very old.
In this case, it started with a piece of rolled up paper, stuck in a cardboard tube. The paper is nearly 100 years old. It’s a panoramic photo of a battalion getting ready for service in World War I.
In the lower right corner of the picture is a soldier named Herman Fisher – Eric’s grandpa.
Eric found the photo in his parents’ basement. Upon realizing how the photo had deteriorated, he contacted the Indiana Historical Society for advice on how to restore the picture.
- PHOTOS | Pictures of the preservation process
The society’s conservators graciously agreed to help. Grandpa Herman provided a perfect opportunity to call attention to Tuesday’s re-opening of the History Lab at the Indiana Historical Society.
The lab is now three times its original size, and, now, guests will have the chance to see how conservators work. In addition to that, they can learn techniques that might be applied to their own mementos at home.
The Herman Fisher photo serves as an unfortunate example of what not to do. For example, someone used a marker on the back of the picture to note Fisher’s position among the troops. That forced Susan Rogers to change her original plan for restoring the photograph.
Rogers prefers that such notes be made on something other than the photo.
“A lot of times, when you write on the back of a photograph, you may not realize it, but, someday, it may bleed through to the front," Rogers said.
If you must write on a photo, Rogers advises using a really soft pencil.
She also suggests, to properly preserve a picture, it’s better to store it flat, in an acid-free portfolio and in a place where the temperature and humidity remain steady – not in an attic or a garage.
The Fisher photo is faded but “kind of par for the course” Rogers said. But she also told us she’s seen worse. “It’s still here, isn’t it?”
The lab opens on Tuesday, September 3.
Police dispatchers around Central Indiana reported a number of vehicle slide-offs occurred Monday morning.
Part of the Monon Trail will be closed Monday morning.
An Avon woman died Sunday evening from injuries she suffered in a three-vehicle crash in Jasper County.