January Meeting–Three Ring Circus

Posted on Dec 11, 2014

RipleyCtrPlease join us Thursday, January 8, 2015 for our Annual “3-ring Circus”: Three concurrent sessions preceded by a reception and exhibitors’ showcase. The meeting will be held at: The S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, D.C. 5:30 p.m. reception with exhibitors ▪ 6:30 p.m. presentations.

Ring 1 – Theory and Practice

• Sharon Norquest, Conservator, and Amelia Kile, Museum Specialist, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and David Peters, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Safety Health and Environment Management, Smithsonian Institution: “Working with a Collection of Radioactive Aircraft Instruments”

• Dylan Smith, Robert H. Smith Research Conservator, National Gallery of Art: “Portable XRF Analysis of Copper Alloy Objects: Recent Discoveries and Current Research”

• Eileen Blankenbaker, Senior Objects Conservator, United States Holocaust Museum, “The Barracks Come and Go and Who Let Murphy in the Museum?”

Ring 2 – Advocacy and Outreach

• Scott Nolley, Fine Art Conservation of Virginia: “Simply Showing Up”

• Fran Ritchie, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation, National Museum of the American Indian: “Mutual Outreach: Collaborative Study and Preservation of Coastal Alaskan Native Material Culture with Museum Staff, Alutiiq Scholars and Artists, University Students and the Visiting Public.” Ms. Ritchie is the presenter of a paper authored by T. Rose Holdcraft, Sven Haakanson, Ellen Promise, Judy Jungels, Fran Ritchie, Patricia Capone.

• John Greenwalt Lee, Materials Conservator: “Building Educated Clients”

Ring 3 – Nautical Related – Arggh!

• Lisa Hall Isbell, Senior Conservator, National Archives and Records Administration: “Up from the Deep: Treating Records from a World War II Shipwreck”

• Stephanie Hulman, Assistant Objects Conservator, Walters Art Museum: “Smart Storage on the High Seas: the Examination and Treatment of a 19th Century Seas Chest”

• Gary McGowan, Principal Objects Conservator from Cultural Preservation & Restoration: “Preserving Maritime History”

We are holding a “Visit our Vendors” raffle. Be sure to visit each of our vendors during the reception, prizes to be won courtesy of the National Museum of African Art.

The following exhibitors will be present: Aurora, CSOS, Hollinger/Metal Edge, Spacesaver, Variguard, Tru-Vue, Leica, and University Products

Transportation: The closest Metro stop is Smithsonian (Mall exit) on the Orange and Blue lines. Limited street parking is available. Enter the copper domed kiosk on Jefferson Drive (on the south side of the Mall) between the “Castle” and the Freer Gallery of Art.  Take the elevator or stairs down to the third level to find the reception and meeting rooms.

This event is free to WCG members, $5 for guests & non-members.

Sponsorship for this meeting is provided by:

Logo: Aurora


Gaylord corporate logo

Logo: Hollinger Metal Edge

Hirox company logo

Leica logo


Logo: Spacesaver Systems

TruVue Logo

University Products Logo

Logo: Variguard: The Best Protection for Your Light-Sensitive Artifacts