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Subject: Online course on museum artifacts

Online course on museum artifacts

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2007
MS213: Museum Artifacts: How they were made and how they deteriorate
Instructor: Helen Alten
Dates: October 29 through December 7, 2007
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

Description: Every museum object is unique, but items made of
similar materials share characteristics. Museum Artifacts gives
participants an understanding of the materials and processes used to
make objects  knowledge that better prepares them to decide how to
care for their collections. Participants study two objects that
represent all materials found in our museums. Through an in-depth
analysis of their components, participants explore all possible
objects found in any museum.

Course Outline

    Organic Object:  Aleut Hunting Regalia
    Plant Materials
    Animal Materials
    Modified Organics
    Inorganic Object: Art Deco Fireplace
    Mixed Media

Logistics: Participants in Museum Artifacts work through 12 sections
on their own. Instructor Helen Alten is available for scheduled
email support. Materials and resources include online literature,
slide lectures and dialog between students and online chats led by
the instructor. The course is limited to 20 participants.

Museum Artifacts runs six weeks. Please enroll at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten
<helen [at] collectioncare__org>.

Text Book: Demeroukas, Marie, ed. Basic Condition Reporting:  A
Handbook. Southeastern Registrars Association, 1998. Available for
purchase from Northern States Conservation Center at

The Instructor: Helen Alten is an objects conservator and owner of
Northern States Conservation Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. She has
been an educator, conservator and trainer since 1986. Ms. Alten
received her master's degree in archaeological conservation and
materials science at the Institute of Archaeology, University of
London in 1986. She began working with small, rural, and tribal
museums as conservator for Montana and Alaska.

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Received on Tuesday, 16 October, 2007

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