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Workshop on disasters

From: Susan Blakney <susan<-a>
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2005
Recovery of Wet Materials Following a Disaster
December 5-8, 2005
16-20 hands on participants and auditors are welcome.

This course is designed for conservators, museum and library
personnel working with mixed collections. The focus of this course
is the management, handling and care of objects that have become wet
because of disaster. Participants will learn techniques to
prioritize, handle, pack, freeze, thaw and dry a variety of wet
organic and inorganic artifact material; how to organize a salvage
operation; what safety precautions are necessary to avoid exposure
to mold and other inherent health risks; how to locate local,
regional, and national resources for disaster recovery; necessary
documentation procedures and how artifact materials react to
differing recovery techniques (i.e., handling, packing, freezing and
drying); and how to manage third party contracts (e.g.,
freeze-drying) in disaster recovery situations.

First hand knowledge of the current Hurricane Recovery will be also
presented by the instructors and host, who recently participated in
the History Emergency Assistance Recovery Team (HEART) Phase I
Recovery, coordinated by the American Association of State and Local
History (AASLH)  and Southeastern Museum Conference (SECM) with

This program is substantially funded by the generosity of an
anonymous Foundation.


    Barbara Moore has been a conservator at several institutions,
    including the Arizona State Museum, Peabody Museum of Natural
    History, the Strong Museum and is now in private practice in
    Rochester.  She has a graduate diploma in Conservation from the
    University of London. She has taught workshops on preventive
    conservation and emergency preparedness, and response and
    salvage.  She has also authored and overseen many successful
    grants for assessment, re-housing and conservation projects.
    Barbara has been an expert consultant on the AASLH- HEART and
    served on team #3 in Mississippi.

    Mary Jo Davis (M.J.) 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 the 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 project
    funded through Save America's Treasures. MJ has also been an
    expert consultant on the AASLH- HEART and served on team #3 in

Location: Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center Conference Center,
Skaneateles, NY, in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The Stella Maris,
is Latin for Star of the Sea, and appropriate for a spiritual center
located on beautiful Skaneateles Lake. The mansion that is now the
Retreat Center was designed by Stanford White and built for
Frederick Roosevelt in 1879. The Sisters of St. Francis have owner
and operated this property for over fifty years.  A dedicated staff
and volunteers maintain the house and grounds, which can accommodate
groups as large as 100 people. The gracious grounds with park like
setting extend to the lake.

Lodging: Individual overnight accommodation, including 3 meals @ $65
a day is reserved for course attendees. Daily auditors are charged
$23 for one meal and $7 for a second, which includes use of the
conference facility. See <URL:>

Skaneateles, NY has been a tourist destination since the 19th
century due to its colonial charm, pristine lake, summer homes and
excellent restaurants. The downtown is a historic district and an
easy walk from Stella Maris.

Stella Maris Reservations: Secure lodging reservations by phone or
Fax: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri

    Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center
    130 East Genesee Street
    Skaneateles, NY 13152 USA
    Fax: 315-685-7008,

Travel: Syracuse NY, USA Airport is a 45-60 minutes drive and rental
cars are available there. The Syracuse train station is 35 minutes
drive. West Lake Conservators will endeavor to help participants
arriving Monday morning and departing Thursday after noon to share

Schedule: The course will begin at 1pm Monday December 5, 2005, run
daily until 5 pm and conclude at noon on December 8, 2005.  Lunch
will be available at noon either upon arrival or departure when you
book your accommodations. West Lake Conservators will host an open
house, welcome cheese and wine party one evening. We will also have
a TV with video, slide projector and power point projector available
for show and tell in off course times.

Course Fee of $125 ($576-$460 actual cost dependant upon 16-20
attendees) is subsidized by the generosity of an anonymous
Foundation and includes handouts and working materials. Auditing Fee
of $25 (no hands on participation), plus handouts at cost if wanted
($20). Note: Daily auditors are charged $23 for one meal and $7 for
a second, by Stella Maris, which includes use of the conference
facility. [We ask participants to bring additional disposable
objects to recover if at all possible, including, photography,
books, art, documents, basketry, textiles etc.]


    Susan Blakney, Chief Conservator is a fellow of AIC and IIC. She
    was a board member of Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP),
    an AIC sub group for 6 years. Susan has attended several
    disaster recovery workshops over the years and was recently a
    member of the 4th Mississippi, AASLH- HEART.

    West Lake Conservators Ltd. is a mixed specialty preservation
    firm, established in 1975, providing comprehensive preservation
    services to paintings, frames, murals, paper, photographs and
    textiles.  WLC has hosted numerous workshops in the past,
    international, national and regional to conservators and museum
    personnel. West Lake's Staff of 9 will manage registration,
    serve as local liaison and provide hospitality.

Registration: Return the completed registration form found on page 2
and requested background information, to

    West Lake Conservators
    PO Box 45
    Skaneateles, NY 13152
    Fax: 315-685-0027

with advance payment as soon as possible, to insure participation.
Due to the limited advance scheduling time please to confirm a
booking and relate your method of payment.    This description and
form may be also found at


315-685-8534 with questions.

    **** Moderator's comments: The above URL has been wrapped for
    email. There should be no newline.

    Disaster Recovery of Wet Materials Workshop
    December 5th - 8th, 2005
    Registration Form
    Please Print
    Telephone (day):
    Years in field:

Public transportation to and around Skaneateles is very limited.
Attempts will be made for participants to share rides from the
Syracuse airport (45 minute-1 hr. drive) and Syracuse train / bus
station (30 min.).

Lunch is served at 12 noon and the workshop begins at 1PM Monday
December 5, 2005.

    I am arriving and departing by car:
    I am arriving by air, train or bus:
    I will rent a car:
    I am willing to share :
    I wish to pool a ride:
    I am traveling wit:
        who is also attending as a participant:
        or auditor:
    Transportation Carrier:
    Flight #:
    Scheduled Arrival Time:
    Flight #:
    Scheduled Departure Time:

Workshop Registration Fee of  $125. is generously subsidized an
anonymous  Foundation. Payment in full secures your attendance. This
workshop is planned for a minimum of 16, to a maximum of 20,
conservators and museum personnel  as hands on participants.

Auditors / companions, are welcome at $30 a day plus handouts at

Daily food and center use to Stella Maris is $23 for the first meal
and $7 for the second.

Complete this Registration Form, Fax: to 315-685-0027 and mail a
copy, or email us<-a t->westlakeconservators< . >com ASAP.

Make checks payable to West Lake Conservators and mail to WLC, Box
45, Skaneateles, NY 13152, or Credit card will be accepted at WLC by
phone, 315-685-8534 during business hours.

Your Signature:
and date:

acknowledges your intention to attend the scheduled workshop and
agreement to the conditions below.

Cancellation refunds will be subject to a $50 charge for loss of
attendee and processing.

You are responsible for booking your own accommodations at the
workshop site, Stella Maris  Retreat and Renewal Center,
315-685-6836, 9am-5pm, M-F.
<URL:>. I believe they take credit

Please describe on a second page any former disaster recovery
training you have had in the past, any disaster and or recovery real
life experience, what your specialty is and how you hope to use this
course in the future.  Bring slides, power point images and, or
photos of your disaster experiences to share.  Evenings at the
conference center will allow time for relaxed show and tell.


    Susan Blakney and
    Staff at West Lake Conservators
    315 685 8534 (business hours)

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