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Workshop on recovery of wet materials

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot<-a>
Date: Monday, March 7, 2005
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works in partnership with the National Park Service presents a
"Current Topics" Workshop

Recovery of Wet Materials following a Disaster
May 9 - 13, 2005
National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 5pm
Friday 9 am - 1 pm

    Mary Jo (MJ) Davis and Barbara Moore
    Monona Rossol, guest speaker
    Coordinated by Nancy Purinton

Registration fee: $500 AIC members; $650 non-members
Enrollment Limit: 15
Registration Deadline: April 9, 2005.
(Participants are responsible for their own travel, housing, and
meals. Participants are strongly urged to stay on site--private
rooms with bath and three meals per day are available at
approximately $111 per night)

Selection of participants will be based on the order of receipt of
registration. The number of registrants accepted from a single
organization may be limited. Early registration is advised.

About the Workshop: In a combination of lecture and hands-on
laboratory sessions, this five-day, team-taught course will focus
specifically on the handling and care of wet objects of various
materials affected by disasters, from book, paper, and photographic
items to textiles, furniture, ethnographic objects, and electronic
media.  The course is intended for conservators working with museum
and historic house collections as well as those of libraries and

Participants will learn techniques to:

    *   prioritize, handle, pack, freeze, thaw, and dry a variety of
        wet materials that might be found in

           Ethnographic and archaeological collections
           Decorative and fine art collections
           Historic houses
           Natural history collections
           Library collections
           Photographic collections
           Office records (such as magnetic media)

    *   organize a salvage operation

    *   take health and safety precautions to avoid exposure to mold
        and other hazards

    *   locate local, regional, and national resources to assist in
        disaster recovery

    *   select and manage contracts for recovery services, including
        freeze-drying materials

Documentation of sample artifacts used in the course is planned so
participants can see how wet materials react to various handling,
packing, freezing, and drying processes.

About the Instructors:

    Mary Jo Davis and Barbara Moore were among the ten trainers
    chosen for AIC's "Train the Trainers" project on Emergency
    Response for cultural institutions, and have taught a number of
    workshops on emergency planning, response and salvage.  They are
    both AIC Professional Associate members and serve on AIC's
    Emergency Planning, Response, and Recovery Committee.

    Mary Jo (MJ) Davis is a conservator in private practice in
    Vermont, specializing in the treatment of paper.  She is a
    graduate of the Art Conservation program at State University
    College of Buffalo and has a Certificate in Advanced Study in
    Art Conservation from the Straus Center for Conservation at
    Harvard University.  Ms. Davis has presented a variety of
    workshops for the Vermont Collections Care Program for the past
    eight years, and recently collaborated on a FAIC-funded Regional
    Angels project carried out at the Norwich Historical Society
    located in Norwich, Vermont.  She is one of the conservators
    working on the Vermont Hand-Painted Theater Curtain project
    funded through Save America's Treasures.

    Barbara Moore has been a conservator at several institutions,
    including the Arizona State Museum, Peabody Museum of Natural
    History, and the Strong Museum, and is now in private practice
    in Rochester, NY.  She has a Graduate Diploma in Conservation
    from the University of London.  She has taught workshops on
    preventive conservation and emergency preparedness, response,
    and salvage, and has authored and overseen many successful
    grants for assessment, rehousing, and conservation projects

Additional guest speakers will take part in the program to address
special topics such as care of wet photographic and electronic
materials and health and safety issues.

Housing and Transportation: The National Conservation Training
Center (NCTC) is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with
support from the National Park Service.  It is located less than 2
hours west of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  Shuttle service is
available from Dulles International Airport.  On-site day-care is
available by advance reservation.  On-site lodging, which includes
three meals per day, is strongly recommended.  Projected rates
(subject to change) are $111.00 per day.   For directions, photos,
and latest information on NCTC, see their website at:

This program is funded by a Preservation and Access, Education and
Training Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and
by the FAIC Endowment for Professional Development, which is
supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by contributions
from members of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
and Artistic Works.

For more information, contact:

    Eric Pourchot
    Program Officer for Professional Development
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    1717 K Street, NW  Suite 200
    Washington, DC   20006
    202-452-9545, ext. 12
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot<-a t->aic-faic< . >org

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:42
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Received on Monday, 7 March, 2005

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