Workshop: Collections Camp: Textiles

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.


Date: April 24-25, 2017

Cost: $300 AASLH members/$425 nonmembers
*Get $40 off registration if you book by March 22, 2017!*

Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN


Who should attend:

This workshop, scheduled for April 24-25, is intended for experienced staff and volunteers with responsibility for costume and textile collections.

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.


About the Faculty:

Karen DePauw is the Coordinator with Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society.


Travel by Stagecoach

Travel by Stagecoach     

As the cold settles in this winter season, I find myself looking back over the years of stagecoach travel and considering the forces of nature those travelers were faced with. Imagine being a traveler moving from the West coast to the East coast. Having to cross over the Rocky Mountains during some of the coldest of days, with no heat to assure your warmth!

Stagecoach travelers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries faced tough decisions when it came to packing for their adventure west. Sometimes, a stagecoach carried as many as 18 people, 9 inside and 9 outside. There were no windows, heat, or air conditioning. Everyone, especially those riding outside, had to consider the weather. Stagecoach drivers or passengers riding atop the coach needed more protection from the weather. Heavy furs and wool clothing could protect them from the harsh winter weather in the Rocky Mountains, but what would they wear in the summer? Passengers were allowed to carry only about 20 pounds of luggage (20 pounds weighs about as much as two gallons of water). They had to decide what items were necessary-- like clothing, food, toothbrush—and what items had to be left behind.


Courtesy of Wells Fargo Archives
Courtesy of Wells Fargo Archives

Imagine you are traveling by stagecoach. What would you bring, and what would you leave behind?