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Thomas Balch Library Offers Free Seminar on Care and Preservation of Textiles on February 6, 2020

Learn how to store and preserve family heirlooms.

Post Date:01/31/2020 4:33 PM

Handkerchief Linen Baby Dress, Charles A. Johnston Collection (M0098), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VALeesburg, VA (January 31, 2020) – Do you have old family dresses, uniforms, quilts, or baby clothes that you would like to preserve? MC Mairena, Senior Library Associate with the Thomas Balch Library, will present a free seminar on Thursday, February 6, 2020, covering the basic techniques for the care and storing of your family textile heirlooms.

Maria Christina Mairena has her PhD in History from Catholic University, an MA in Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a BA in History from George Mason University. Her career includes working as a civilian employee with the military in museums, collections, and research and as an adjunct instructor at George Mason. Mairena, who has extensive experience with cataloging and preserving military collections, will discuss the care and preservation of military uniforms and flags, as well as more common items such as clothing, shoes, samplers and other textiles.  

The free, two-hour seminar will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in the lower level of the Thomas Balch Library (208 W Market St). For more information, visit or call the Thomas Balch Library at 703-737-7195.

Image: Handkerchief linen baby dress worn by Helen Frances Matthews, Charles A. Johnston Collection (M0098), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

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Betsy Arnett
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