The Memory Preservation Coalition is reaching out to aid the victims of the floods in Colorado. Read the official press release here. (Press contacts see media center.)
On this page you will find the following resources:
- Downloadable e-Guide on Rescuing Water-Damaged Photos
- Webinar on rebuilding your family history after a natural disaster
- Do It Yourself Photo Recovery Techniques
Additional resources can be found on the Resources page
If you find photos or other memorabilia, please bring them to one of the Rescue Centers and we will make every effort to connect them with their families.
Please fill out this form to volunteer, or to send us a comment or question.
Download of Rescuing Water-Damaged Photos e-Guide
This e-Guide was developed after Flip-Pal Cares reached out to the photo restoration project in New Jersey in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Volunteers recovered over 30,000 water-damaged photos.
“Photographs that were collected from local beaches, wetlands and devastated homes have been cleaned, scanned and posted on Facebook.” According to personal historian Mary Danielsen, “Over 100 families have already identified pictures that they thought were gone forever. We’ve been able to catalog the original pictures in binders, and in many cases, cluster photos of persons found in more than one location.”
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many local residents were left waiting for FEMA to process the claims on their condemned homes and emotionally piece together the destruction of their way of life. The discovery of past mementos – like baby and graduation pictures, scrapbooks and wedding albums – was a treasured gift.
Despite the hardships from a natural disaster, others have recovered their family memorabilia. This recorded webinar, hosted by Mary Danielsen, owner of Documented Legacy and a lead for the Superstorm Sandy photo recovery project in Union Beach, N.J., discusses the many resources you have available.
The Memory Preservation Coalition is reaching out to aid the victims of the floods in Colorado. Bring your wet or damaged photos, videos and memorabilia to these Rescue Centers to learn how to digitally rescue them.
Each rescue center provides the following services, free of charge:
- Washing and drying stations for wet or muddy photos, videos or memorabilia
- Scanning stations with Flip-Pal mobile scanners (bring an SD card to save your scans)
- Printed guides on how to recover your water-damaged photos
- Recommendations and referrals for other services you may need to complete the recovery process
Download the instruction sheet 10 Steps to Wet Photo/Video Restoration at a Rescue Center to prepare for your visit.
It is highly recommended that you call first so staff and volunteers can plan for your arrival and provide you information about gathering your damaged items in the safest way possible. The phone consultation can also provide important information to prevent further damage to your items if you will be delayed in getting the items to a Rescue Center.
Click the rescue center icons below to visit their websites.
Memory Preservation Coalition
The Memory Preservation Coalition (MPC) is comprised of individuals, businesses, societies, and nonprofit organizations whose mission is:
- To educate the public about the importance of preserving memories
- To encourage high standards of memory preservation and archiving
- To facilitate this mission through an alliance of companies, small businesses and non-profit organizations whose products and services facilitate the mission
- To reach out to those affected by natural disasters and help recover their memories
Our members share the importance of capturing our history and memories before it’s too late. Whether this is through video storytelling, photo and document preservation, creation of keepsakes, or any of the other important services and products our members provide, we believe that by collaborating and working together we can accomplish our shared vision better than by working in isolation.
The Memory Preservation Coalition is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Colorado.
Please fill out this form if you are interested in becoming a member organization of the Memory Preservation Coalition.
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