Preserve Your Old Films, Videos, and Photos!


Old media, like this set of 16mm Birch family home movies, are inaccessible in their current form.

Digitization is an amazing way of sharing historical resources, but did you know that it also serves as a means of preservation? Old photographs and newspapers deteriorate every year just from exposure to light, acids in the atmosphere, and handling. Audio-visual materials, like old 16mm film and videotapes are even more fragile and in some cases are unusable if you don’t have the proper playback equipment.

The Mahwah Museum is hosting an event on June 10, from 10am to 12 noon and invites you to bring your personal collection of photographs, 8mm and 16mm films, slides, videotapes and any other media that you may have. Consultants from Digital Memory Media will evaluate them and provide price quotes for digitizing them.  Details on the process can be found at



A screen shot from one of the Birch family films, ca. 1920.

For a sample of what Digital Memory Media can do, we had them digitize some 16mm films made by the Birch family around 1920. These films are in rough shape, they have a vinegary smell and we did not even know if the film could be played. We also asked them to digitize a 16mm film from a 1961 Mahwah-Ramsey high school football film which had been kept in tin cases. The results were impressive! The 90-year old Birch films show family vacations and tantalizing images of bygone days. The 56-year old football films show the high school marching band and extremely clear game footage. Imagine what they can do with your baby videos from the 1990s, or photographic slide collections from your childhood.  You can view the digitized films at

A screen shot from the 1961 Mahwah-Ramsey football game.

There are no reservations needed for this event and there is no commitment. If you do decide to have your family history materials digitized, Digital Memory Media will be taking orders at the event, and can take your films, photos and videos to their specialized facility in East Brunswick and deliver them back to  you by courier.

For more information about this event please click here.

Digital Memory Media will donate 20% of all orders made at the event to the Mahwah Museum.