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Course on museum artifacts

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008
MS213: Museum Artifacts: How they were made and how they deteriorate
Instructor: Helen Alten
Dates:  February 4-March 14, 2008
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

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 at
helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org.

Text Books:

    Gilroy, David and Godfrey, Ian, eds.  A Practical Guide to the
    Conservation and Care of Collections.  Western Australia Museum.
    1998 (out of print)

    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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