Fires, floods and earthquakes: Preserve your personal history

Censored pictures of dying books too graphic to show and a powerpoint slide featuring thunder and lighting were among the scare tactics used by Scott Simkins to help drive home the point of his lecture Thursday, April 8, at the Family History Library: "Take the time to preserve your precious histories and treasures before it's too late."

Simkins, the head conservator at the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed the "ings" of preserving personal histories, as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library called "Preserving Your Personal History."

Beware of impending doom and destruction, Simkins joked with the 20 or so in attendance. He titled his presentation "Fires, Floods, and Earthquakes: Ensuring that your personal journal will last through millennial destruction and beyond."

"Hopefully these scare tactics will motivate you to action, to keep journals and precious documents," said Simkins, one of the Mormon church's top authorities on collection dynamics. "Hopefully the things you learn here will inspire you to keep your personal histories so your loved ones can enjoy them too."

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