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In 2008 eFIL was awarded a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to conduct workshops on preserving family collections. The intent of these workshop has been to encourage individuals to consider their personal and family records, photographs, documents and other memorabilia as potentially vital in the writing of community histories of Hawaii. Because the experiences of Hawaii's ethnic minorities have rarely been included in mainstream historical accounts, their stories and the significance of their experiences has yet to be assessed or appreciated by the larger community. This situation is especially critical for documenting the Filipino community because of their numbers in Hawaii and the constant influx of new immigrants from the Philippines.

By encouraging individual Filipinos to properly preserve and organize their family collections, eFIL hopes to bring some of these resources to the wider public through the internet.

Workshops took place on the following dates:

January 12, 2013 - Hawaii's Plantation Village (Waipahu, Oahu) - Content and materials of original workshop have been tailored for the preservation of community organizational records and memorabilia. A new Manual for organizations is available below

October 20, 2009 - UH Kauai Community College (Lihue, Kauai)

February 14, 2009 - Lanai Public Library (Lanai City, Hawaii)

July 19, 2008 - FilCom Center Conference Room (Waipahu, Oahu)

June 17, 2008 - North Hawaii Education and Research Center (Honokaa, Hawaii)

June 16, 2008 - Hawaii Community College OLLI Center (Hilo, Hawaii)

May 30, 2008 - FilCom Center Conference Room (Waipahu, Hawaii)

The following documents are available to download. Check back for new additions.

Preserving Organization Collections Workshop Manual [download]
Preserving Family Collections Workshop Manual [download]
Notes on Archiving Photographs (brief) [download]
Risk Chart for Collectibles [download]

Planning and Prioritizing [download]
Preserving Photographs (detailed) [download]
Conservation of Books and Paper Artifacts [download]

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