Ongoing preservation of historical society’s archival collections

CHESTERTOWN — As is customary, the museum and shop in the Bordley History Center at 301 High St. — the Historical Society of Kent County’s headquarters in downtown Chestertown — are closed for the post-holiday winter season.

This year, the historical society’s professional archivist is making the most of the pause by using the space as a staging area for safely evaluating the items in the organization’s archival collections and taking necessary steps to protect and preserve them.

According to a news release, Lana Faber will perform treatments as needed, including mold removal for some items, and humidification to restore flexibility to documents that have become brittle over time.

“These steps are part of the larger project of cataloging and digitizing all the documents and objects in the Historical Society’s archival and special collections,” the news release states.

“In the foreseeable future, these collections and the information they hold about Kent County will be permanently and securely saved in accordance with modern archival standards and practice,” the news release states.

They will be entered in a searchable digital archive so in the foreseeable future it will be easier for researchers and historians — and the community at large — to view and study the historical society’s archived treasures.

Anyone who would like to view an item in the collection may contact the Bordley History Center to make an archives research request by calling 410-778-3499 or emailing director@kentcountyhistory.org.

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