Family Treasures

Sat, Apr 8, 2017 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Heirlooms such as photo albums, trinkets, and marriage certificates can preserve our families' stories for generations to come--but only if they’re carefully preserved.


Join us for our third annual Family Treasures, where you’ll learn how to save, store, and share your family heirlooms, photographs, and digital memories.


Connect with conservators and museum specialists; document family and neighborhood histories; digitize items of historical and cultural significance; and learn how to keep your treasures in tip-top shape. Featuring hands-on workshops, giveaways, preservation tips, and lots of family stories.


Don't forget to stop by our family corner, where we'll have arts and crafts activities for our youngest visitors!


Free with RSVP, please click here for online registration.




美国华人博物馆邀请您参加我们第三年度的传家宝工作坊,您可以从中了解如何保留收藏并分享你的传家宝、相片、和数码文件!与档案保护专家和博物馆专业人员一道,记录家庭和社区历史,并数码化具有重要历史和文化价值的物品。当天特别推出手工作坊、赠品附送、收藏指南、以及许多家庭故事!另外,别忘了到访我们的家庭角, 在那里我们为最年幼的小客人们准备了艺术和手工活动!




Interactive Learning Stations —12-3pm

Visit each of our learning stations to watch conservators in action and try your hand at storing and preserving your valued objects.


Telling Textiles
Examine period dresses from MOCA’s teaching collection and learn how textiles reveal an individual’s past and experiences. Learn proper handling and care of your family textiles, and reflect on their significance.


Picture This! Photo Care for Posterity with the NYC Municipal Archives
Baby pictures, school portraits, vacation snapshots, and other personal photos document vital family and community histories.

Meet a specialist from the NYC Municipal Archives and master how to best store, handle, and display your treasured photos.

Keeping a Paper Trail: Preserving Family Papers with the NYC Municipal Archives
Report cards, newspapers, awards, birth certificates, recipes, and ticket stubs can all tell significant stories about you and your family. With the help of a specialist from the NYC Municipal Archives, discover the intrinsic value of your own family papers and get exposed to the basics of paper preservation and conservation.

Treasures +Troves: Proper Packing and Storage
Are your precious memories sitting boxed up in your apartment or storage unit? Discover new ways to pack and store your items so they endure the test of time. This station contains a variety of sample artifacts and storage materials for hands-on learning.


Fabled Families: Oral Histories with the NYPL & MOCA

Find out how to capture and share your own family stories. Conduct a mini-interview at the New York Public Library's Story Booth; learn about the NYPL's Chinatown Legacy Project; and listen to engaging oral histories from MOCA’s collection. 


MOCA Collection Highlights
Explore highlights from some of MOCA’s most beloved family and neighborhood collections! Then browse our Collections Online to view other artifacts, photographs, books, and documents housed at our Collections at 70 Mulberry St.

Special Events

12-4pm | The Digi Age: Digitization Station 
Keep your family and community memories for posterity! Sign up for a 20-minute timeslot where the MOCA Collections team will scan and digitize a few of your most beloved photos, paper documents, and/or 2-D mementos. Share your objects’ stories and walk away with a CD of your digitized items to show off as you wish! **Two dimensional objects 11” x 17” or smaller preferred.

12:15pm, 12:45-2:15pm | Starting your Search
Digging into your family’s roots and not sure where to begin? Join Amy Chin for a 30-minute workshop on how to go about your search. Amy will talk family stories, research tips, accessing government archives, and piecing together her findings. Learn, through Amy’s examples, how to interpret your own family holdings and mine lesser known public sources for leads in searching for your own family history. Be sure to sign up for a personal 15 minute consultation after the workshop.

Workshop from 12:15pm-12:45pm. Consultations from 12:45pm-2:15pm.


1:45-2:30pm | NYPL Chinatown Memory Circle
Join the New York Public Library for a food-themed memory circle, a recorded group oral history where participants can share their family recipes, dinner table conversations, and recollections about their favorite Chinatown eats.


2:30pm - 3:30pm | NYPL Writing Your Family History Workshop
Join Carmen Nigro, the Coordinator of Research Services for Maps, Local History and Genealogy at the New York Public Library, in exploring different ways to write your family history. Learn tips for creating a cohesive narrative you can share with your family and beyond.

Kids’ Corner—12-4pm

“We are Family” Portraits
Celebrate your family’s unique story by creating a torn paper portrait of yourself and your loved ones. Recreate your favorite photograph or come up with a futuristic design. Hang it somewhere for the whole family to see!


Tiny Treasures
Does your family collect ticket stubs, fortune cookie fortunes, stickers, or other small keepsakes that are tough to keep organized? Make a memory box to store and label your tiny treasures. Decorate your box to personalize it for you and your family!


Culinary Sculptures
Inspired by the ceramics art of Heidi Lau and Lu Zhang in Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy, create your own three-dimensional sculptures to capture some of your favorite foods and flavors. Use cardboard, plastic, paper, foam, and other materials to make representations of the foods that you and your family love to eat.


Rest + Play
A space for parents and caretakers to rest while their children play! Sit back and relax, enjoy our free Wi-Fi while kids enjoy free play with books, activity sheets, and more!

MOCA’s Family Treasures is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, along with the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Wells Fargo, and the National Endowment for the Arts.