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Workshop: Collections Camp: Textiles

April 27 - April 28

$300 – $425
Text over block color reads AASLH Onsite Workshop Collections Camp Textiles. The block of green blocks most of the background image, but on the top and bottom of the block are sunlit straw and other natural fiber.

Workshop Description

Do you have costumes and/or textiles in your museum collection? This two day workshop will focus on the care and conservation of textiles in museum collections.  Spend time working with an expert to learn how to be a better steward of your textile collection.


FORMAT: On-site group workshop

LENGTH: Two days 

DATE: April 27-28, 2020

LOCATION: San Diego History Center, San Diego, CA

MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

COST: $300 AASLH Members/$425 Nonmembers

OPEN REGISTRATION: November 19, 2019 – April 20, 2020; 35 participant limit

** Save $40 when you register by March 9, 2020 and use promo code EARLYBIRD20 at checkout! **


Participant Outcomes

As a result of this workshop, participants should:

  • Have a general knowledge of the basic types of costumes and textiles common in American museum collections.
  • Have a general knowledge of the particular needs of costume and textile collections including proper identification, handling, and basic conservation.
  • Be familiar with some of the current issues and trends in the preservation of costume and textile collections.
  • Explore the variety of issues related to exhibiting and storing costume and textile collections.
  • Be familiar with simple conservation procedures that are safe to perform on their costume and textile collections.
  • Be aware of when they should call a professional conservator for problems with their costume and textile collections.

Who Should Attend This Workshop

This workshop is intended for experienced staff and volunteers with responsibility for costume and textile collections.


AASLH Workshop Scholarships

Our annual workshop scholarship program provides free registration to an onsite Continuing Education workshop and one-year AASLH membership for four applicants. Two scholarships are reserved for new professionals (fewer than three years in the field), and two for applicants broadening the racial and ethnic diversity of our field. Applications are due January 15, 2020. Read more and apply. 

About the Faculty

As the coordinator of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society, Karen DePauw works with small museums and heritage organizations throughout the state.  She serves as a coach for Heritage Support Grant applicants, administers the traveling exhibits program, and offers consultations and workshops on various topics regarding collections care.  Karen earned a BA in history and an MS in historic costumes and textile conservation, knowledge she has drawn upon for two publications: The Care and Display of Historic Clothing in 2017 with Rowman and Littlefield Publishers and The House of Worth: Fashion Sketches 1916-1918 in 2015 with Dover Publications.  Karen currently serves on the board of the Association of Indiana Museums and as a member of the American Association for State and Local History Field Services Alliance, and an active member of the Costume Society of America. She previously worked with the costume and textile collection at the Connecticut Historical Society and has served as a costume consultant and dresser for the Litchfield Historical Society.


April 27
April 28
$300 – $425
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San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite #3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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