Providing a glimpse into the process of preserving historical materials, the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum will offer a book restoration workshop Feb. 27. Starting at 10 a.m., the complimentary program will feature a presentation from Mike Grimes of TLC Book Restoration.
“So many of us have old family books, Bibles and more at home that are in need of care,” said Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum. “We get questions at the museum about what can be done to preserve or restore items in people’s homes. One of the Euharlee Historical Society members, Genie Jolly Certain, had a few older books restored by Mr. Grimes and thought that it might be interesting for others to learn about the process. We have found that people often are interested in programs that include a ‘behind the scenes’ element to how history is preserved, and this program fit into that category.“Mr. Grimes has many years of experience restoring and rebinding books. Most recently, he started TLC Book Restoration. During the Feb. 27 program, he will be explaining the book binding and restoration process and providing helpful information to those in the audience. People are welcome to bring their own books for Mr. Grimes to look at as well.”She continued, “We hope that people will come away with a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the work that goes into what museum, archives and restoration/conservation professionals do. Also, we hope our visitors will be able to apply some of that knowledge to preserve their own belongings and family histories in the future.”As Gobbi mentioned, Certain also felt this topic would be of interest to area residents.“I did indeed have a book restored by Mr. Grimes, and it was a two-volume book called ‘Memoirs of [Georgia],’” Certain said. “It was printed around the turn of the century — the late 1800s — and was in need of repair, and I wanted to keep it in good shape. One of my ancestors on the Jolly side of my family is mentioned in this book and thus it is special to me.“Mike Grimes was a great guy to work with, and I thought there might be other people who had books in need of restoration. One of his specialties is family Bibles.”With its relocation to the former Euharlee Presbyterian Church Education Annex in July 2015, the museum now is able to offer programs like the upcoming book restoration workshop. Situated at 33 Covered Bridge Road, Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum is operated by the city of Euharlee and the Euharlee Historical Society.“As we have gotten the word out about our new location, visitors have been excited to see the space and services we now have to offer,” Gobbi said. “We have been able to hold larger events and programs, like film screenings, lectures, group tours and more. We also can offer better ac-cess to our archival and reference resources than before for researchers. We have seen an increase in the number of researchers that have visited the facility.“Our temporary exhibit gallery is a great advantage. We can partner with other institutions and offer our community new exhibits and information that they have yet not seen. Most recently, we partnered with the visual arts department at Woodland Middle School at Euharlee to put on an art show. We had a great response to that exhibition.”Looking forward, Gobbi plans to offer a wide array of programming in hopes of broadening the museum’s visitor base.“This year, our goal is to continue expanding our program offerings and reach a broader audience to better serve our community and visitors,” Gobbi said. “We started quarterly film screenings in December with a holiday classic. We will be showing another film for Black History Month this month and more into the summer.“On April 2, we will open our next temporary exhibit featuring the ‘Women and Garden Clubs of Southwest Bartow County.’ We are working with the Euharlee Garden Club to provide programming throughout the run of the exhibit about the history of these clubs and local gardening. Soon, along with the historical society, we plan to offer some genealogical assistance for our researchers.”For more information about the museum, call 770-607-2017 or visit http://www.euharleehistory.org or https://www.facebook.com/EuharleeHistoryMuseum.