Saturday, June 20, 2009

National Native Museum Training Program: Caring for Our History: Museum Conservation Basics

National Native Museum Training Program Update

NATHPO announces that applications are being accepted for the next workshop in the National Native Museum Training Program series. The Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut will host the workshop, "Caring for Our History: Museum Conservation Basics."

Instructor: Helen Alten

Dates of Seminar: July 12-17, 2009

Seminar Description: Caring for the art, culture and archaeological materials of our past and present is not as simple as putting materials on a shelf in a secure room. Aging is the result of nine agents of deterioration acting on all materials to make them fall apart. Caretakers can reduce and eliminate aging by understanding how each of these agents operates and how to stop them. Students will have hands on experience with museum monitoring equipment and techniques. Students will then examine specific materials - buckskin, beadwork, rawhide, basketry, ceramics, stone and metal are some - and learn about how they are affected by the agents and how damage can be mitigated. Lab time includes practice in examination and cleaning.
Students learn how to determine what they can do and what requires a professional conservator. Class lectures will be supplemented with lots of lab and hands-on opportunities.

For more information, including participant and scholarship applications, go to NATHPO website: Link for workshop information:
(You may have to cut/paste this URL into your browser.)

Thanks to The Getty Foundation, scholarships are available (applications will be reviewed on a first come-first serve basis so we urge you to apply early).
Link for Getty Scholarship information:

Questions? Please contact Bambi Kraus, NATHPO

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