Over the extended Thanksgiving weekend, I did a little preservation for my grandparents on family heirlooms. Most were from Peter Pike, a Civil War veteran and my great great great grandfather. The items included clippings documenting his regiment's movement, his marriage certificate, a promotional certificate (to sergeant), an army-issued death certificate (long after the war), three tintypes, and regiment pins. The best piece was his Great Army of the Republic hat. Also included in the items were a photo of my grandmother's father before he was shipped out to fight in World War I, and my grandfather's father's dog tags from World War I.
I de-framed one photo and certificate, bought Bookkeeper spray and de-acidified all of the paper documents, re-housed the tintypes and photos in four-flap, non-buffered envelopes, and then in a box, and placed the pins and dog tags in archival boxes with clear lids for viewing. I also stuffed the hat with acid-free tissue, separating the leather band that had fallen out of the hat from the wool of the hat.
It was fun to watch my family members gathered around me, watching me work with my white gloves on, engrossed and impressed in my work.