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Free Workshops Help Storm Survivors Salvage Family Treasures

Release date: 
March 14, 2019
Release Number: 
R4-DR-4399-FL NR 100

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Floridians can learn how to preserve family heirlooms and salvage keepsakes damaged by Hurricane Michael. Specialists from the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative will discuss preservation options and demonstrate how to handle, dry, and clean damaged objects at two free workshops—the first in Panama City and the second in Port St. Joe. The experts also will offer tips to ensure personal safety, set priorities and prepare for the next disaster.


After each workshop, attendees may participate in a question-and-answer session and later meet one-on-one with the experts. Locations and hours follow:


  • Panama City6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 19 at the Bay County Public Library, Youth Services Program Room, 898 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL 32401.
  • Port St. Joe—10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 21 at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library, Program Room, 110 Library Dr., Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
    Due to safety concerns, please do not bring your damaged objects to the workshop. Feel free to bring photographs to share with the preservation experts if you have specific questions.
    For library program information, call 850-522-2120 or email Or email the Heritage Emergency National Task Force at
    The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a public-private partnership led by the Smithsonian Institution and FEMA, presents these free and public workshops.
    FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.
    For a list of resources available to individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Michael, visit

For more Hurricane Michael recovery information, visit

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Last Updated: 
March 14, 2019 - 08:43