Today marks the beginning of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in San Antonio. I am excited to be back in my home state and to visit San Antonio, where I lived during 2005-2010.
This morning kicks off with a business plan strategy workshop for genealogical societies, sponsored by FamilySearch.org. This is an important topic because genealogical societies are volunteer organizations that are the heart of much activity in the genealogy industry. In fact, when I bid farewell to Texas and drove north to Colorado in 2010, the first people I met in my new home town were genealogists from various societies in the Denver-metro area. Some of the genealogists that I met at these societies are among my closest friends today.
I am looking forward to connecting with many of my genealogy friends from across the nation at the conference this week. There is such an energy when family historians who are passionate about their research get together to share with each other.
I am also excited about perusing the expo hall for new vendors, tools and technologies. Being able to network with leaders from Ancestry.com and FindMyPast at breakfasts and focus groups is also a rewarding experience. The spirit of collaboration and mutual sharing runs strong at these events and leaves me reinvigorated.
Last, I hope to have some free time to visit some of the historical sites around the Riverwalk, which I never seemed to have enough time to do when I lived here.
Learn How to Protect Photos Before a Disaster Strikes One Year after the 2013 Flood, Colorado Save Your Photo Alliance Members Host Save Your Photos Day – Saturday, September 27th
For immediate release August 19, 2014
Now that it is summer and the sun is shining, most people are not thinking about planning for the next disaster in Colorado. However, almost a year after the 1,000-Year Flood, it is a great time to consider how you can protect one of your most treasured assets: your photos, photo albums and other memorabilia.
In honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Colorado flood, the same organizations that came together to rescue more than 20,000 flood-damaged photos and over 240 videos & films, are now co-sponsoring Save Your Photos Day. We’re planning to help hundreds of thousands of people save their photos in one day! This international event is organized by the Save Your Photo Alliance, and will promote Save Your Photos Day events happening all over the world. Events will include presentations and hands-on workshops on collecting, organizing, and safeguarding photos, documents, videos, and other memorabilia for current enjoyment, as well as for generations that follow. Presentations will also provide information on how to prepare for, and hopefully prevent, an unexpected loss from large and small accidents, fire, wind, and water.
Colorado members of the Save Your Photos Alliance will be hosting two events on Saturday, September 27th, one in Boulder and one in Lone Tree. The events will include free, educational workshops in morning and afternoon sessions shown below. FREE photo scanning (up to 25 loose prints per participant) is being offered on-site, 10:00 to 4:00 at both locations.
Each of the host organizations – Couragent, maker of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, Memories to Digital, DigiDeena Consulting and Picture This Organized – has extensive experience working with photos. Additionally, Gordon Nuttall, CEO of Couragent, Memories to Digital owner Gwen Scherer, and Deena Coutant of DigiDeena Consulting have experience with rescuing photos and other media in a disaster situation. The three business leaders worked together to organize a 6 location, 80+ volunteer photo rescue effort during the 2013 Colorado flood. Nuttall was also instrumental in helping rescue photos damaged in Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
“The most important thing is to get the word out so people can take action to prepare their memories today before a disaster strikes,” says Gwen Scherer. “Many of these priceless items can be preserved with a little work in advance, and we’re here to help.” Deena Coutant adds, “The planning and organizing that goes into these preservation activities actually allows people to enjoy their photos and other memorabilia in the process of preparing the preservation plan—it’s a win-win.”
The two host locations of the Denver-area Save Your Photos Day events are:
Memories to Digital – Boulder: 2525 Arapahoe Ave in the Village Shopping Center near McGuckin Hardware
Memories to Digital – Lone Tree: 8481 S. Yosemite in the Home Depot shopping center
Both locations will offer the same, free presentations and workshops, with both morning and afternoon sessions:
10:30a and 1:30p Why Save Your Photos? (Save Your Photos Day intro)
10:45a and 1:45p Organizing Photos for Digitization
11:00a and 2:00p Storing & Preserving Photos
11:15a and 2:15p Scanning Options and Best Practices
11:30a and 2:30p Backing-Up and Cloud Storage Options
11:45a and 2:45p Emergency Readiness
12:00p and 3:00p Organizing Digital Images
FREE Scanning Offer:
FREE scanning of up to 25 loose prints per participant will be offered on-site at both locations on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the Save Your Photos Alliance
The Save Your Photos Alliance’s goal is to prevent the unforeseen loss of valued family photo treasures by educating people on what to do BEFORE a disaster strikes. The Save Your Photos Alliance is committed to being the world’s premier organization for the SAFEGUARDING, RECOVERING, RESTORING, and REUNITING of photos and treasured memorabilia before and after disasters occur. It strives to accomplish this through a unique blending of individual professional service providers, associations, government and not-for-profit organizations whose common pursuit is to educate, reach out and serve. http://www.saveyourphotos.org/
About Couragent and the Flip-Pal mobile scanner
Couragent is a Colorado corporation based in Fort Collins, and maker of The Flip-Pal mobile scanner. The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is the world’s original color flatbed scanner for photos, cherished memorabilia, and documents that does not require a computer to operate. The patented flip-and-scan technology allows scanning photos in place without removing them from an album or frame. The included EasyStitch software quickly and automatically reassembles multiple scans into their larger original. For more information, visit www.flip-pal.com/save-your-photos-day.
About Memories to Digital
Memories to Digital is a local, Colorado company dedicated to helping people enjoy, share and preserve their photo, video, film and audio memories in a digital format. Started in 2003, Memories to Digital has stores in Boulder and Lone Tree with a full-range of services to digitize photo, film, video & audio media or create custom-edited productions from the digital memories. Visit www.mtdigital.com or find Memories to Digital on Facebook.
About DigiDeena Consulting
Deena Coutant is a professional genealogist who uses modern technology to facilitate successful search, storage and sharing strategies for family historians in the digital age. Her company, DigiDeena Consulting, educates the community through group training sessions and individual coaching, conducts client research and review, and also offers services related to photo organization and digitization. www.digideena.com
About Picture This Organized
Picture This Organized is a Denver Metro based business uniquely qualified to help families manage their photo collections. Photos, memorabilia and home media are viewed as a cherished glimpse into each family’s history. Picture This Organized offers premium services for organizing & digitizing print and digital media, backup and photo sharing solutions, and custom designed photo books and slideshows. Owner and founder, Julie Kessler, is a certified member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers and a board member of the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. For more information, visit www.picturethisorganized.com or look for us on Facebook.
The Save Your Photos Alliance Member contacts for these events are: