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“Treasures at the Museum”

Documenting personal and community histories as well as preserving treasured documents is important work that should be continued by future generations. In her first children’s book, the National Museum of American History’s chief archivist Deborra Richardson aims to inspire young readers by providing a glimpse at the inner workings of museum archives.

Through the characters of Robbie and his sister, Brittany, readers are given a glimpse at how a museum archives center works. As they travel downtown to the museum, Robbie and Brittany learn about their family history as well as American history. When they arrive at the museum, they explore the exhibits before being taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives center by their Aunt Imani’s friend, Maxi, who works there. Maxi teaches them how to preserve their treasures just like she does at the museum. They learn that they can make history every day through their own preservation efforts.

Richardson presents an easy-reader chapter book that engages children in learning about creating and preserving family, local and regional history. The learning experience is further extended by an activities section at the back of the book that encourages hands on learning. Richardson provides a fun and educational way for children to connect with and become involved in the process of preserving history. The book is ideal for children K- 4 to introduce them to the archives area of museums that they otherwise would not get to see.

About the book:

By Deborra Richardson
Elevator Group Publishing
On Sale: September 2011
Paperback, $5.99
64 pages