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Online course on environment

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Friday, October 17, 2008
Many museums are considering expansions, retrofitting historic
structures, or new construction. Staff needs a clear understanding
of how relative humidity and temperature are controlled, what
problems occur in buildings when they are not well-understood, and
what works in each type of building structure.  Northern  States
Conservation Center is proud to host Ernest Conrad's comprehensive
course on Preservation Environments this November.  Anyone
responsible for a museum, library or archives structure should have
this core knowledge.

MS211: Preservation Environments
Dates: Nov 3 -Nov 28, 2008
Price: $425
Instructor: Ernest A. Conrad

    Preservation Environments is essential for any institution
    considering a new building - and any institution planning to
    expand or rebuild an existing one. Participants learn the
    advantages and disadvantages of numerous methods of temperature
    and humidity control. Preservation Environments does not try to
    turn museum professionals into engineers. Rather, it arms them
    with the knowledge they need to work with engineers and
    maintenance professionals.

Course Outline:

    Climate Control Basics
    Monitoring and Psychrometrics
    Water - The Enemy
    Preservation Today and Tomorrow

Logistics: Participants in Preservation Environments work at their
own pace through six sections and interact through online chats.
Instructor Ernest Conrad is available at scheduled times for email
support. Preservation Environments includes online literature, slide
lectures and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The course is
limited to 20 participants.

To reserve a place in the course, please pay at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble, please contact Helen Alten <helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org>

The Instructor:

    Ernest A. Conrad For over 20 years, Mr. Conrad has focused on
    environmental issues. He is president of Landmark Facilities
    Group, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in environmental
    systems for museums, libraries, archives and historic
    facilities. A licensed mechanical engineer in several states,
    Mr. Conrad holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a
    master's in environmental engineering from Drexel University,
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    A well-respected and honored member of many professional
    organizations, his greatest contribution to the preservation
    field was the development of environmental guidelines for
    engineers who work on museums, libraries and archives. The
    American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning
    Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) publishes standards in the areas of
    HVAC and refrigeration. Mr. Conrad recently co-authored the
    ASHRAE Applications Handbook "Chapter 20: Museums, Libraries and
    Archives." For the first time, there are guidelines specific to
    our needs in the engineering literature. Mr. Conrad has studied
    environments and designed special climate control systems
    throughout the United States for clients as well-known as the
    National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, The Frick
    Collection, Getty Conservation Institute, The Pierpont Morgan
    Library, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and National
    Park Service. He has a special interest in house museums and how
    climate affects structures and collections housed within those

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