January Meeting Summary—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

January Meeting Summary—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

Mar 15, 2015

The focus of Fran Ritchie’s (Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation, National Museum of the American Indian) talk was her participation in a collaborative treatment project between The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak, Alaska and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA, funded by a grant from Save America’s Treasures.

January Meeting Summary—Building Educated Clients

January Meeting Summary—Building Educated Clients

Mar 15, 2015

In his talk, John Greenwalt Lee (Materials Conservator, The John Greenwalt Lee Company) focused on the importance of context and clear, effective communication in architectural preservation projects. Architectural preservation is a highly collaborative process involving multiple teams and stakeholders each having specific goals.

January Meeting Summary—Advocacy in Conservation: Just Showing Up

January Meeting Summary—Advocacy in Conservation: Just Showing Up

Mar 15, 2015

Scott Nolley (Fine Art Conservation of Virginia) began his talk by addressing the idea of advocacy in its broadest forms.  Though the word advocacy is frequently used in modern contexts as a buzzword for progress (much like diversity or sustainability in other arenas) Nolley defined it specifically as “speaking and acting on behalf of oneself and others.”

February Meeting Summary – “I Gave Gold for Iron”: Nineteenth-Century Cast Iron Jewelry at the Harvard Art Museums

February Meeting Summary – “I Gave Gold for Iron”: Nineteenth-Century Cast Iron Jewelry at the Harvard Art Museums

Mar 12, 2015

Diana Galante, Objects conservator at the National Museum of American History, presented her research on cast iron jewelry conducted at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums (H/AM).

November Meeting Summary: Preserving the Nimrud Ivories in Iraq

Dec 20, 2013

Summarized by Natasha Trenear, Conservation Fellow, Anthropology Conservation Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution

The Challenges of Preserving the Nimrud Ivories in Iraq