Webinar: Caring for Paper Collections

This webinar will give an introduction to best practices in caring for any paper-based collection. Topics covered will include: handling guidelines, assessing storage materials and special needs items, prioritizing for treatment, and understanding preservation and conservation terminology. This program is appropriate for those looking to develop new skills, as well as for individuals wanting to increase their knowledge about best practices in the care of paper-based collections.

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Details:

Date: December 12, 2017

Time: 3pm Eastern/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic

Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact mitchell@aaslh.org for more information.

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About the Instructor:

As Preservation Specialist, Samantha Forsko works with institutions and their collections. She conducts on-site preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation planning. She also develops and presents educational programs and provides technical information to libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.    

Before joining the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Samantha worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a collections manager. She has also worked as a conservation technician for the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Cascadia Art Conservation Center, both in Portland, Oregon. Samantha received her MA in Arts Management with a focus on Archival and Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California.

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Workshop: Collections Management and Practices

Learn about your institution’s responsibility toward its collection, necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management.

Details:

Date: June 5-6, 2017

Location:  Maine Historical Society, Portland, ME

Cost: $280 AASLH members/$405 nonmembers
*Get $40 off registration if you book by May 1, 2017!*

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Workshop Description:

Learn about your institution’s responsibility toward its collection, necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. Through lively group discussions and hands-on activities, you will become familiar with current issues and trends to better understand how collections fit within the context of history organizations. The workshop will also explore the role of collections in exhibition and interpretation, the basic steps of collections management from acquisition to disposal, professional standards and ethics, conservation on a shoe-string budget, and the many resources available for collections preservation.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is targeted to new professionals and dedicated volunteers with responsibility for collections.

About the Faculty:

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Samantha Forsko is a Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.

 

 

 

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Bethany L. Hawkins is the Chief of Operations for the American Association for State and Local History.Prior to her work with AASLH, she was the director of a small historic house museum and oversaw all aspects of collections care from accessioning to cleaning to protecting from the raccoons. She has been at AASLH for ten years.

 

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Online Course: Caring for Museum Collections

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.

This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

Details: 

Format: Online Course

Dates: April 3- May 31, 2017

Cost: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.

Full Online Course Description:

This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Know the major causes of deterioration for museum objects and how to use that information to enhance long-term preservation.
  • Know how to handle objects in the safest way.
  • Know how to examine and document the condition of objects in your collections.
  • Know how to display your collections in a way that prolongs their life.
  • Know how to store and house your collections in the way that best preserves them.
  • Understand the importance of environmental control for the preservation of your collections.
  • Know the best ways to clean your museum.
  • Know how to perform a risk assessment of your museum and use it to write a disaster plan.
This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.

Who should attend:

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with conservation of collections. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.
Small Museum Pro:
Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro certificate from AASLH.
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Samantha Forsko is a Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.

Historic House Call: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses

Historic houses present unique issues in their preservation needs, especially in terms of disaster preparedness. This webinar will explore those needs through a discussion of hazards, risk assessments and evaluations, and mitigation methods – all with a focus on historic houses.

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Details:

Format: Webinar

Date: March 2, 2017

Cost: Free for AASLH members/$40 nonmembers

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About the Speakers: 

Samantha Forsko is the Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), where she primarily works with institutions and their collections. She conducts on-site preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation and emergency planning. She also develops and presents educational programs and provides technical information to libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.  Since starting at the Center in 2015, Samantha has also been the project manager of the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PaCRN), aiming to improve emergency response and preparedness for cultural institutions across the state.

Before joining CCAHA, Samantha worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a collections manager. In addition to providing long-term care for the nearly 200,000 permanent collection objects owned by LACMA, she also served on the Emergency Preparedness Committee, responsible for writing, updating, and training the 300 member staff on the implementation of the institution’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. She has previously worked as a conservation technician for the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Cascadia Art Conservation Center, both in Portland, Oregon, primarily providing preventive maintenance and care for outdoor public art collections. Samantha received her MA in Arts Management with a focus on Archival and Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California, writing her master’s thesis on Emergency Preparedness in Cultural Institutions.

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Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field, and organized by members of AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee, they encourage attendees to join in the discussion.