Originally created 04/12/06

Workshop will teach how to preserve family heirlooms



When researching the care of wooden furniture, Trampas Alderman learned some surprising things.

"What we do traditionally (to care for wood) is sometimes harmful to the wood," said Mr. Alderman, a park interpreter at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site. He will discuss ways of caring for and preserving wooden furniture at the Spring Cleaning for Family Heirlooms program Saturday, April 22.

Pam Johnson, who was hired as curator of the site about 10 months ago, will talk about caring for objects such as photographs, family quilts, wedding dresses and silver baby cups.

The second annual program is a two-hour event with four 30-minute segments covering photographs, silver, wood and textiles.

"(Ms. Johnson) has a lot of really good information," Mr. Alderman said.

Mr. Alderman said workshop participants will receive samples of products that help protect heirlooms.

Redcliffe also will be the site of two more special events in the coming months.

In May, there will be a program about the evolving landscape of the plantation. It will include a walking tour of the property and a discussion of how it has changed. James Henry Hammond, a former governor of South Carolina, built the plantation in 1859.

"There are some wonderful photographs to show how things have changed," Mr. Alderman said.

In July, there will be a program about the site's heirloom garden.

"I'm excited. The garden is going to really produce this year," he said.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

IF YOU GO


WHAT: Spring Cleaning for Family Heirlooms


WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22


WHERE: Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island


COST: $7


PHONE: (803) 827-1473