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How to protect and preserve those historic newspapers

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President Obama's inauguration has compelled many people to go out and buy newspapers. For many, it is a reminder of being an eyewitness to this historic moment. And there's a simple way to preserve it. Thirty-four year old Kendra Bennett went to the Star News to purchase two newspapers and two collective front page metal plates of President Barack Obama's historic win. “I thought that I would never see this day. I thought I was actually going to be a grandmother before I thought I would see this day, and to share it with my children. I just feel very proud,” said Bennett. If you also bought a paper, there's a way to preserve it. Joseph Sheppard is a historian for the New Hanover County library. He collects newspapers that feature historic events or people, including Wednesday's headline featuring President Obama. “It's valuable to us, because this is history being made right in front of us, so we save it,” said Sheppard. He said the simple way to preserve your paper is to store it in a cool, dry drawer away from light. Sheppard said it will last up to 20 years that way. You can also put the paper in a regular storage box or a fancy frame. “You can easily go to framing stores here in town that will archive and frame these for you. They place it behind UV glass, they make it look beautiful and help you pick out the frame for it and then $900 later, you have a beautiful newspaper print to put on your wall at home.” He said you can also put your newspaper in protective sleeves for archiving. Those can be found at most department stores and online at www.archivalmethods.com. Sheppard said do not use plastic bags or saran wrap because that can cause the paper to deteriorate. “The more money you spend on it the more valuable that item becomes.” A well preserved paper could be worth thousands of dollars. For Kendra Bennett her newspaper collection is about more than money. “I'm just glad that I can share this with my children as young as they are,” she said. For a limited time the Star News is still selling President Obama's inauguration newspaper, as well as, a special collector's edition from his big win in November too. They don't know yet how many papers from Tuesday they've sold. The Washington Post estimates they've sold 95% of the 1.55 million copies they produced.

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