UAF Film Curator Describes Preserving Alaska's Historical Films

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KXDF) - Film curator at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Leonard Kamerling gave a presentation titled "Worth a Thousand Words: Preserving Alaska's Visual History" at the museum auditorium.

His talk was the final event of the spring 2017 Museum Discovery Series.
Kamerling showed several video clips from Alaska native history archives.
He described how film curators like he is can carefully preserve footage so it won't be lost for good.

The archival footage he showed dated back to the 1930s, with some even older.

Kamerling says all media can be preserved if done correctly.

"Not just in archives, but exist in people's homes, and their albums, and their boxes of prints, and the video tapes that they have, are all part of our collective history, our collective visual history. And that history is in danger of being lost because all of these materials are perishable and deteriorating with age. It's something that we need to pay attention to, to keep them alive and retain that resource," said Kamerling.