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Subject: Online workshop on establishing a conservation practice

Online workshop on establishing a conservation practice

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
MS256: Establishing a Museum
Instructor: Claudia Nicholson
May 6-31, 2013
Location: Online at <URL:>

Description: Establishing a museum? or even just expanding or
enhancing one? can be quite daunting. It is a job that demands a
clear community vision and an organized approach, which make a
tremendous difference for the museum?s future. Establishing a Museum
will provide the facts and comprehensive advice you need to
undertake this endeavor. This includes considering how your museum
can get the community and financial support it needs. The course
walks students through specific steps and considerations to clarify
the process of establishing and maintaining a successful museum.
These steps include writing a mission statement, understanding
community expectations, and establishing a collections policy.
Students will explore the potential role of the museum within their
community and key considerations when establishing a museum. Topics
include collections care, community expectations and benefit,
registration, the role of traditional culture and language within
the museum setting, exhibitions, conservation, staffing and
financial management.

Logistics: Participants in Establishing a Museum work through
sections on their own. Materials and resources include online
literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and the
instructor through online forums. The course is limited to 20

Establishing a Museum runs four weeks. To learn more about the
course, please go to
<URL:> If you have trouble
please contact Helen Alten at helen<-at->collectioncare<.>org

The Instructor:

    Claudia Nicholson is Executive Director of the North Star Museum
    of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in North St. Paul, MN. Claudia
    began her career in museums at the National Archives in
    Washington, DC. After earning her Masters Degree in History
    Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, she became
    Curator of Collections for the South Dakota State Historical
    Society in Pierre. While there, she worked with a Native
    American advisory committee to create a groundbreaking exhibit
    on Sioux life in South Dakota. After seven years, she moved to
    St. Paul to become a curator at the Minnesota Historical
    Society. She has 32 years experience in museums and historical

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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