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Helen Alten, is the Director of Northern States Conservation Center and its chief Objects Conservator. For nearly 30 years she has been involved in objects conservation, starting as a pre-program intern at the Oriental Institute in Chicago and the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a degree in Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London in England. She has built and run conservation laboratories in Bulgaria, Montana, Greece, Alaska and Minnesota. She has a broad understanding of three-dimensional materials and their deterioration, wrote and edited the quarterly Collections Caretaker, maintains the popular www.collectioncare.org web site, lectures throughout the United States on collection care topics, was instrumental in developing a state-wide protocol for disaster response in small Minnesota museums, has written, received and reviewed grants for NEH and IMLS, worked with local foundations funding one of her pilot programs, and is always in search of the perfect museum mannequin. She has published chapters on conservation and deterioration of archeological glass with the Materials Research Society and the York Archaeological Trust, four chapters on different mannequin construction techniques in Museum Mannequins: A Guide for Creating the Perfect Fit (2002), preservation planning, policies, forms and procedures needed for a small museum in The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' Collection Initiative Manual, and is co-editor of the penultimate book on numbering museum collections (still in process) by the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma. Helen Alten has been a Field Education Director, Conservator, and staff trainer. She began working with people from small, rural, and tribal museums while as the state conservator for Montana and Alaska. Helen currently conducts conservation treatments and operates a conservation center in Charleston, WV and St. Paul, MN.

 

MS001: The Problem with Plastics (short course)
              Course Description & Info    Instructor: Diana Komejan
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              Apr 14 - 18, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Oct 20 - 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS004: When Collection Numbering Goes Bad (short course)
              Course Description & Info    Instructor: Helen Alten
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              (Dates TBD)     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS008: Buy-In: Getting All of the Staff to Support Preservation (short course)
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Helen Alten
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              Feb 10 - 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS010: Condition Assessments(short course)
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Helen Alten
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              Mar 10 - 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Sep 15 - 19, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS104: An Introduction to Collections Preservation
              Course Description & Info     Instructors: Gretchen Anderson & Helen Alten
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              Jan 6 - Jan 31, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Apr 7 - May 2, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Jul 7 - Aug 1, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS213: Museum Artifacts: How they were made
and how they deteriorate

              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Helen Alten
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              Feb 3 - Mar 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS224: Care of Leather and Skin Materials
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Helen Alten
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              Mar 3 - Apr 11, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS243: Making Museum Quality Mannequins
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Helen Alten
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              Sep 1 - Oct 10, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS253: Disaster Preparation & Recovery **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructors: Helen Alten & Susan Duhl
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Nov 3 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS302: Introduction to Grant Writing and Fundraising
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Helen Alten
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              May 6 - May 31, 2013     [Add to Cart]   

 

Objects conservator Gretchen Anderson learned her craft at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian's Conservation Analytical Lab, the Canadian Conservation Institute, Getty Conservation Lab, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Minnesota Historical Society. She established the conservation department at the Science Museum of Minnesota in 1989. She is the co-author of A Holistic Approach to Museum Pest Management, a technical leaflet for the American Association for State and Local History and established a rigorous IPM program for the Science Museum. She was a key member in the planning team that designed and built a new facility for the Science Museum of Minnesota. This endeavor resulted in not only a state of the art exhibition and storage facility, but also a major publication about the experience of building a new museum and creating the correct environments: Moving the Mountain. In 2009 she accepted the position of conservator and head of the conservation section at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. Ms. Anderson is a member of the American Institute for Conservation and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. She lectures and presents workshops on preventive conservation, IPM, cleaning in museums, and practical methods and materials for storage of collections. 



 

MS104: An Introduction to Collections Preservation
              Course Description & Info     Instructors: Gretchen Anderson & Helen Alten
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Jan 6 - Jan 31, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Apr 7 - May 2, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Jul 7 - Aug 1, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS204: Materials for Storage and Display
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Gretchen Anderson
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              Nov 4 - Nov 29, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              Sep 1 - Sep 26, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS210: Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and Archives
              Course Description & Info    Instructor Gretchen Anderson
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              Oct 6 - Nov 14, 2014    [Add to Cart]   

 

MS217: Museum Cleaning Basics 
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Gretchen Anderson
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              Apr 7 - May 16, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Tom Bennett, Museum Manager at the Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo in Anchorage, Alaska, has worked as a professional museum mount maker for 25 years. He attended the University of Victoria British Columbia, Heritage Preservation Program's basic mountmaking course and learned the rest of his skills on the job. His mounts appear in the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska State Museum, the Museum of the Aleutians, the Washington Historical Society, the Monterey Historical Society, the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the Port of Seattle (Seattle-Tacoma Airport), and National Park Service and US Forest Service visitor centers. He has worked for five different museum exhibit design and fabrication firms as well as being the former director of the Alaska Museum of Natural History. Tom Bennett works in a variety of materials, including Plexiglas, brass, wood, and polyethylene foam.

 

MS238: Design and Construction of Exhibit Mounts
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Tom Bennett
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              Feb 3 - Mar 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Oct 6 - Nov 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Lori Benson is an independent museum professional based in Maine. Ms. Benson has a B.A. in biology and a Masters of Library and Informational Science specializing in rare books and archives. She started working at the Minnesota Historical Society in 1990, finishing a grant funded position as the Preservation Outreach Representative. After a series of project positions at the Historical Society, including Assistant Moving Coordinator, she was hired by the Science Museum of Minnesota as their first Collections Manager in 1994. She was Project Director in the Research and Collections Division for the new facility planning and move. The project was published as Moving the Mountain, the Science Museum of Minnesota Guide to Moving Collections. In addition to her position at the Science Museum, Ms. Benson was adjunct faculty at Dominican University/College of St. Catherine Department of Library Science teaching Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials and Archives Administration in 2000-2001. In 2003, she was hired by Texas Natural Science Center, University of Texas at Austin (formerly Texas Memorial Museum) to de-accession their entire cultural collection. She continues to be a University of Texas Affiliate. She has taught museum studies to undergraduates and given many talks and lectures on preservation, deaccessioning, project planning and moving. She is a member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the American Aliance of Museums. In her second life, she is a handweaver.

 

MS201: Storage for Infinity: An Overview of Museum Storage Principles (Only once in 2013)
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Lori Benson
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              Mar 4 - Mar 29, 2013      [Add to Cart]   

 

MS202: Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Lori Benson
              Student Login    Price: $475
              May 5 - May 30, 2014      [Add to Cart]   

 

MS262: Moving Collections
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Lori Benson
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              Jul 7 - Aug 1, 2014      [Add to Cart]   

 

Sarah S. Brophy, LEED-AP, is consultant for museums, historic sites, zoos and gardens pursuing environmental sustainability in their buildings, operations and programming. She works with the Detroit Zoo, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and Green Energy Design. She also teaches The Green Museum at The George Washington University Museum Studies Graduate Program. Currently she is a co-chair of the American Association of Museum’s Professional Interest Committee on Environmental Sustainability. Sarah is the co-author of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Sustainability, and author of Is Your Museum Grant-Ready? She authored or co-authored chapters in four other textbooks including The Manual of Museum Planning, Third Edition, and Sustainable Museums: Strategies for the 21st Century. Her articles have appeared in the American Association of Museum’s Museum News and Museum magazines, The American Association of State and Local History’s History News, and The American Public Garden Association’s Public Garden. Sarah is bent on demonstrating that museums, zoos, gardens and aquariums should be leaders in modeling and promoting sustainable living and learning. Sarah Brophy runs bMuse a consultancy for museums that believes that the defining feature of museums is experiential learning – the pleasure, power and opportunity of it. Her work focuses on helping museums become sustainable through strategic grants development, cost-saving green buildings and behavior, and in mainstreaming actions that strengthen relevance and responsiveness to the audiences they serve.

 

MS265: The Green Museum: Introduction to Environmental Sustainability in Museums **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Sarah S. Brophy
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              TBD     [Add to Cart]   

 

Ernest A. Conrad's greatest contribution to the preservation field was the development of environmental guidelines for engineers who work on museums, libraries and archives. For over 20 years, Mr. Conrad has focused on environmental issues. He is president of Conrad Engineers and Past Founder of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in environmental systems for museums, libraries, archives and historic facilities. A licensed mechanical engineer in several states, Mr. Conrad holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's in environmental engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information visit his web site Landmark Facilities Group, Inc.



The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) publishes standards in the areas of HVAC and refrigeration. Mr. Conrad recently co-authored the ASHRAE Applications Handbook "Chapter 20: Museums, Libraries and Archives." For the first time, there are guidelines specific to our needs in the engineering literature. Mr. Conrad has studied environments and designed special climate control systems throughout the United States for clients as well-known as the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, The Frick Collection, Getty Conservation Institute, The Pierpont Morgan Library, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and National Park Service. He has a special interest in house museums and how climate affects structures and collections housed within those structures.

 

MS211: Preservation Environments
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Ernest A. Conrad
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              Nov 4 - Dec 6, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              July 7 - Aug 8, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Nov 3 - Dec 5, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Ann Coppinger runs the conservation department and teaches conservation at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has a master's in museum studies specializing in costume and textile conservation from FIT. She is a former NEA master apprentice at the Textile Conservation Workshop. Ms. Coppinger previously worked for 22 years in fashion in New York City. She has degrees in both fashion design and pattern making from FIT. 

 

MS212: Care of Textiles
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Ann Coppinger
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              Nov 4 - Nov 29, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              May 5 - May 30, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Nov 3 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Laura Elliff Cruz has worked in the museum field since 2004. She is currently the Collections Manager at the Denver Art Museum and directs the department for the principle care, maintenance, and housing for 80,000 art and ethnographic objects. Additionally, she is passionate about keeping collections safe by implementing proper procedures for disaster preparedness, working with contaminated collections, and collaboration to properly document and rehouse cultural sensitive collections. Laura has planned and managed several move projects of collections both off-site and on-site for renovation or IMLS grant projects for new storage areas, with experience in natural history, historic and art collections. Previously, she worked at the Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research and at the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College. She has an MA in American Studies, a graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care, and a BA in Anthropology. Laura also serves as a collections consultant for smaller museums and is passionate about mentoring emerging museum professionals into the collections care field.

 

Sherry Doyal is head of the organic artefacts conservation section at the British Museum. She now specializes in conservation of botanic materials. Sherry has previous experience of private practice conservation serving regional historic houses, scientific botany collections (herbaria) and small museums. Her employment history also includes large museums (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and Victoria and Albert Museum, London). Sherry received a conservation and restoration studies certificate with distinction from Lincoln College of Art in 1980 and a post graduate certificate in upholstery conservation from the Textile Conservation Centre, Hampton Court Palace in 1984. Sherry received a further and adult education teachers’ certificate from Exeter College in 1998 and a diploma in design and craft (constructed textiles) in the context of basketry from City Literacy College, London in 2008. In her spare time she is a maker and exhibitor of contemporary basketry works.

 

MS225: Care of Baskets
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Sherry Doyal
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              May 5 - Jun 13, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Susan Duhl is an Art Conservator in private practice specializing in art on paper and archival collections. She provides workshops, preservation consultations and conservation treatment to institutions and private individuals throughout the world. Susan treats works on paper, including prints, watercolors, drawings, wallpaper, documents, and 3-dimensional paper objects. Her work includes disaster response and recovery, consultations and collection surveys to determine condition, treatment and long-term care recommendations, and helping clients prioritize treatment needs. Her recent clients include the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, The Woodmere Art Museum, and LaSalle and Lehigh University Art Museums. Susan completed her Master of Art degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the State University College at Buffalo Art Conservation Program. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) and founding member of the Art Conservator Alliance, www.ArtConservatorsAlliance.com

 

MS228: Care of Paper Artifacts
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Susan Duhl
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              Jan 6 - Jan 31, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Aug 4 - Aug 29, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS233: Matting and Framing
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Susan Duhl
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              Nov 4 - Nov 29, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              May 5 - May 30, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Nov 3 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS234: Archives Management
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Susan Duhl
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              Mar 3 - Mar 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS253: Disaster Preparation & Recovery **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructors: Helen Alten & Susan Duhl
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              Nov 3 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Teresa Geremia-Chart has spent her professional career (27 years) working with nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes visioning, leading, developing, and managing organizations. She has served executive, fund development, and program development functions for nonprofits of various sizes and missions from leading a trade organization of winegrowers in Napa Valley to mentoring children in Helena. Teresa has also served as the Organizational Development Director for the Montana Nonprofit Association where she created Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Montana and designed a variety of professional organizational development and capacity building programs, tools, and resources to help nonprofits become more efficient, effective, and sustainable. She now serves as a nonprofit consultant with Sage Solutions Nonprofit Consulting and employs a pragmatic approach in her work with nonprofits throughout Montana on board development, fundraising, strategic planning, organizational assessment and feasibility studies, executive coaching and policy development. 

 

MS250: Building and Maintaining an Engaged Nonprofit Board of Directors **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructors: Teresa Geremia Chart
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              June 2 - June 27, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Fiona Graham is an accredited professional conservator (CAPC) offering bilingual (English & French) services in preventive conservation and heritage restoration to the museum and heritage field. Her areas of expertise include; preventive conservation in facility design and operations, specifications and project management for conservation projects, metals conservation, pest management, condition surveys, emergency planning, and policies and procedures. She is currently a Conservator at Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects, a Tutor at Athabasca University and the Course Director for the Ontario Museum Association.

 

MS219: Opening and Closing Seasonal Museums **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Fiona Graham
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              Jan 6 - Jan 31, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS223: Care of Metals
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Fiona Graham
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              Nov 4 - Dec 13, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              Sep 1 - Oct 10, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Karl Hoerig is director of Nohwike' Bágowa (House of Our Footprints), the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center and Museum, in Fort Apache, Arizona. The position requires multifaceted involvement in the community, a mix of museum tasks, heritage promotion, cultural heritage resource protection and management, capacity building, economic development and enhancing sovereignty. Karl Hoerig has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

 

MS254: Retail Store Management for Small Museums
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karl Hoerig
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              Apr 7 - May 2, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Karin Hostetter has over thirty years experience with museum education. With a career that includes natural history museums, cultural history museums (including first person interpretation), nature centers, and zoos, Ms. Hostetter is experienced in interpretive writing, program and curriculum development, and staff and volunteer training. As a museum educator, she was Curator of Education for the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary (McKinney, TX). Among her award-winning education curricula are several programs she developed for the education departments during her five years at the Heard Museum and her twelve years on staff at the Denver Zoo. As an interpretive writer, Ms. Hostetter has written text for exhibits, wayside exhibits, visitor brochures, and professional magazines. Her skill is in making technical information understandable and meaningful to visitors. 



Karin has worked with volunteers throughout her career, becoming the first paid volunteer coordinator at the Denver Zoo. Ms. Hostetter taught the National Association for Interpretation's two-day volunteer management course for volunteer coordinators and served on their panel about volunteer programs. She authored a series of articles for the National Association for Interpretation's Legacy magazine, providing guidelines for developing and maintaining a volunteer organization. Ms. Hostetter now consults with organizations on structuring and improving volunteer programs. 



Over the years, Ms. Hostetter has been responsible for small animal exhibits and animal care at both the Heard Museum and the Denver Zoo. She worked with wild animal rehabilitation and public education animals, work that included training volunteer animal handlers. Karin co-founded the Zoos, Wildlife Parks, and Aquaria special interest section of the National Association for Interpretation. 



Karin Hostetter is owner of Interpret This, a consulting company specializing in interpretive writing, program and curriculum development, and volunteer program management. When she is not consulting with other museums, she likes to volunteer and contract teach at them with a special love for preschool and family programs.

 

MS011: Gallery Guides (short course)
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              May 12 - May 16, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS012: Keeping Small Animals on Exhibit
(Care and Feeding of Small Animal Exhibits)(short course)

              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              Taught on request (contact us if you are interested)     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS014: Education Collections **NEW** (short course)
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              Oct 13 - 17, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS108: Fundamentals of Museum Volunteer Programs
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              Mar 3 - Mar 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS235: Scripting the Exhibition
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              Jan 6 - Jan 31, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Jul 7 - Aug 1, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS236: Education in Museums
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              Feb 3 - Feb 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Aug 4 - Aug 29, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS237: Formative Evaluation for Exhibits and Public Programs **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              Apr 7 - May 2, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS259: The Volunteer Handbook **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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              Nov 4 - Dec 13, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              Nov 3 - Dec 12, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Diana Komejan graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming Colleges Art Conservation Techniques program in 1980. She has worked for Parks Canada; Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan; Heritage Branch Yukon Territorial Government; National Gallery of Canada; Canadian Museum of Nature; Yukon Archives and the Antarctic Heritage Trust and is currently teaching Conservation Techniques in the Applied Museum Studies Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. In 1995 she was accredited in Mixes Collection with The Canadian Association of Professional Conservators. Her work as a conservator has been quite broad in scope, having worked with historic sites, archaeological excavations and museums. In addition to lab treatments, Diana has broad archaeological experience, including the excavation of mammoths and dinosaur tracks.

 

MS001: The Problem with Plastics (short course)
              Course Description & Info    Instructor: Diana Komejan
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              Apr 14 - 18, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Oct 20 - 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS215: Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Diana Komejan
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              Mar 3 - Mar 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS226: Care of Furniture and Wood Artifacts
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Diana Komejan
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              June 2 - June 27, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Stevan P. Layne is the principal consultant and chief executive of Layne Consultants International, a leading provider of cultural property protection advice. Steve is a former police chief, public safety director and museum security director. He is the author of The Cultural Property Protection Manual, and the Business Survival Guide. Steve regularly presents to professional associations and has consulted with more than 400 museums and other institutions. Steve is the founding director of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection and responsible for the professional training and certification of more than 1,000 museum professionals. For more information visit his web site Layne Consultants International

 

MS107: Introduction to Museum Security
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Stevan P. Layne
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              Aug 4 - Aug 29, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

NA107: Introduction to Museum Security
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Stevan P. Layne
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              Feb 4 - Mar 1, 2013     Sign up at www.nathpo.org
              
Students must be staff at a tribal institution and meet NATHPO qualifications. This course is subsidized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant awarded to NATHPO. 

 
MS304: Security I - Certified Institutional Protection Specialist
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Stevan P. Layne
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              Available any time (contact us if interested)     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS305: Security II - Certified Institutional Protection Manager
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Stevan P. Layne
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Sofia Galarza Liu is the collection manager and database project co-manager at the Spencer Museum of Art of the University of Kansas. Ms. Liu is also an implementation consultant and educator for Zetcom Information Systems, Inc.; she provides database administrator and user training for United States MuseumPlus clients. Ms. Liu's accomplishments include completing a two-year IMLS grant funded project to digitize the Spencer Museum of Art's collections and attending Museum Leaders: the Next Generation training at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, California. She has a B.F.A in the History of Art and a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas. 

 

MS214: Collection Management Databases
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Sofia Galarza Liu and John Simmons
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              Sep 1 - Sep 26, 2014    [Add to Cart]   

 

Susan Near is the Development & Marketing Officer at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Prior positions at the Historical Society include director of museum services (1989-2007), curator of collections (1984-1989), and registrar (1982-1984). She also worked as collections research specialist at the Valley Forge Historical Society in Pennsylvania. She has been curator for more than 20 major exhibitions ranging from western art to decorative arts, and has conducted material culture research covering a broad range of collections. Near co-authored Montana's State Capitol:The People's House, Montana Historical Society Press, 2002. Near has extensive administrative experience especially in grant-writing, heritage tourism, educational outreach, public relations, marketing, planning for new museum construction, and project and event management. She is an accreditation visiting committee member for the American Association of Museums, has conducted peer reviews for the Museums Assessment Program, and has reviewed and served on grants panels for the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Near is a graduate of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware and the Getty's Museum Management Institute.

 

MS109: Museum Management
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Sue Near
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              May 5 - Jun 13, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Oct 6 - Nov 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Rebecca Newberry, is conservator at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Rebecca Newberry has been working in the Collections Services Department since June 1994. She attended workshops held at SPNHC and AIC, as well as a workshop on Integrated Pest Management sponsored by the Upper Midwest Conservation Association in 1999. Ms. Newberry has been responsible for monitoring for the Integrated Pest Management program and the museum's environmental systems and she aids in developing exhibition, storage, and shipping mounts for the Museum's diverse collections. Her conservation interests include Integrated Pest Management, preventive conservation techniques, and ethnographic conservation, focusing on culturally appropriate storage and preservation.

 

MS203: Museum Storage Techniques **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Rebecca Newberry
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              Nov 3 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Lin Nelson-Mayson, with over 25 years of museum experience at small and large institutions, is director of the University of Minnesota's Goldstein Museum of Design. Prior to that, she was the director of ExhibitsUSA, a nonprofit exhibition touring organization that annually tours over 30 art and humanities exhibitions across the country. For five years, she was a coordinator or judge for the American Association of Museums' Excellence in Exhibitions Competition. She currently serves on the exhibition committee for the National Sculpture Society. Ms. Nelson-Mayson has extensive experience with the planning, preparation, research and installation of exhibitions. Ms Nelson-Mayson's experience includes teaching museum studies and museology courses. Her particular interest is the needs of small museums. 





Her credentials include the following;

  • An MFA from The Ohio State University in sculpture and critical writing
  • A BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in painting.
  • Work as a curator for the Ross County Historic Society (Chillicothe, Ohio), the Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi), the Columbia Museum of Art (South Carolina), and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.



 

MS106: Exhibit Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson
              Student Login    Price: $495
              Apr 7 - May 16, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Oct 6 - Nov 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS244: Traveling Exhibitions
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson
              Student Login    Price: $475.00
              Nov 4 - Nov 29, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              Nov 4 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS303: Found in the Collection: Orphans, Old 
Loans and Abandoned Property

              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson
              Student Login    Price: $495
              Mar 3 - Mar 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Claudia Nicholson is Executive Director of the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in North St. Paul, MN. Claudia began her career in museums at the National Archives in Washington, DC. After earning her Masters Degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, she became Curator of Collections for the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. While there, she worked with a Native American advisory committee to create a groundbreaking exhibit on Sioux life in South Dakota. After seven years, she moved to St. Paul to become a curator at the Minnesota Historical Society. She has 32 years experience in museums and historical organizations.

 

MS256: Establishing a Museum ** NEW **
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Claudia Nicholson
              Student Login    Price: $475.00
              May 6 - 31, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              

 

Dr. Nancy Odegaard is the Conservator and Head of the Preservation Division for Arizona State Museum. She is also a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Nancy manages and supervises staff and programs in the conservation lab, advises on museum environmental issues, and seeks to promote the preservation of collections through improved exhibition and storage conditions. Nancy holds a Ph.D. in Applied Science through the Conservation and Cultural Heritage Science Studies Department of the University of Canberra, Australia. She earned her M.A. in Museum Studies/Anthropology at the George Washington University with a Certificate in Ethnographic and Archaeological Conservation from the Smithsonian Institution. Nancy specializes in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects including the examination, analysis, and study of materials and pre-industrial technologies used to fabricate artifacts. She is the author of the 2005 publication Old Poisons, New Problems about pesticides on Native museum objects.

 

MS255: Dangerous Materials: Chemical Poisons in Collections
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Nancy Odegaard
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Apr 1 - Apr 26, 2013     [Add to Cart]   

 

Victoria Montana Ryan Victoria Montana Ryan is a former Assistant Professor for the Conservation of Paintings at Queen's University Kingston, Ontario and former adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver where she was conservator of paintings at the Rocky Mountain Conservation Center for over a decade. Victoria Montana Ryan received her Master of Art Conservation from Queen's University and a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Art Education/Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Ryan has authored papers on the care of paintings, integrated pest management, and the importance of working with appraisers; she has also appeared on the Discovery Channel to discuss care of personal treasures. A Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, Ms. Ryan is also a member of the Western Association for Art Conservation and the Canadian Association for Conservation. She resides in Colorado Springs, CO where she operates her private conservation practice, Art Care Services, to serve the conservation needs of museums, historical societies, public and private collectors, institutions, corporations, and municipalities, focusing on the care and preservation of works of art. For more information visit her web site Art Care Services

 

MS227: Care of Paintings
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Victoria Montana Ryan
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              Feb 3 - Mar 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Sep 1 - Oct 10, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Peggy Schaller, founded Collections Research for Museums in 1991 to provide cataloging, collection-management training and services. She has worked with a large variety of museums and collections for more than 20 years. Peggy, who lives in Denver, Colorado, has a bachelor's degree in anthropology with minors in art history and geology from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has a master's degree in anthropology with a minor in museum studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder and is a Certified Institutional Protection Manager II. She provides workshops and project services to museums and historical societies all across the country. The mission of Collections Research for Museums is to inspire museums to improve their professional standards, collections stewardship and service to their constituency through training in, and assistance with, documenting, preserving, protecting and managing their collections. For more information visit her web site Collections Research for Museums

 

MS007: The Mission Statement: Is it really that important? (short course)
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Peggy Schaller
              Student Login    Price: $99
              Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS103: The Basics of Museum Registration
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Peggy Schaller
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Jan 6 - Jan 31, 2014      [Add to Cart]   

 

MS207: Collections Management: Cataloging Your Collection
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Peggy Schaller
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Jul 7 - Aug 1, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS218: Collection Inventories
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Peggy Schaller
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              Nov 4 - Nov 29, 2013     [Add to Cart]   
              Nov 3 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Terri Schindel, graduated from the Courtauld Art Institute, University of London with a concentration in textile conservation. Since 1988 she has taught collections care and preventive conservation to museum staff. She has assisted museums in writing disaster plans for more than a decade and helped develop national standards for disaster-preparedness materials. Ms. Schindel specializes in collection care and preventive conservation and works regularly with small, rural and tribal museums. She is familiar with the many challenges and lack of resources facing these institutions. Ms. Schindel is committed to maintaining the uniqueness of each museum while ensuring that they serve as a resource for future generations. 

 

MS002: Collection Protection - Are you Prepared? (short course)
              Course Description & Info    Instructor: Terri Schindel
              Student Login     Price: $99
              Feb 10 - 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Aug 11 - 15, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS205/6: Disaster Plan Research and Writing
              Course Description & Info    Instructor: Terri Schindel
              Student Login    Price: $495
              Mar 3 - Apr 25, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Sep 1 - Oct 24, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Jerry Shiner has been providing consultant services for environmental control of museum display and storage applications for almost twenty years. Mr. Shiner has extensive expertise in both active and passive methods of mitigating and controlling humidity, temperature, pollution, and oxygen levels for display and storage enclosures. His experience includes working with architects, engineers, and conservators to design both local and central systems for large museums. As founder of Keepsafe Microclimate Systems he has provided hundreds of active and passive solutions for low oxygen treatment and storage (anoxia), and showcase humidity and temperature control. Mr. Shiner is author of numerous articles on microclimate storage and display. His clients include museums in the US and Europe. When not working on microclimates, Mr. Shiner can bang out a passable version of "Lady of Spain" on the accordion. For more in formation visit his web siteKEEPSAFE

 

MS242: Museum Microclimates
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Jerry Shiner
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Jan 6 - Jan 31, 2014     [Add to Cart]   
              Jul 7 - Aug 1, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

John E. Simmons runs Museologica, an independent consulting company, and serves as Adjunct Curator of Collections at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery at Pennsylvania State University. He has a B.S. in Systematics and Ecology and a Master's degree in Historical Administration and Museum Studies. Simmons began his professional career as a zoo keeper, then worked as collections manager at the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas, where he also served as Director of the Museum Studies Program until 2007. He received 2011 Carolyn L. Rose Award for outstanding commitment to Natural History Collections Care and Management from the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, the Superior Voluntary Service Award from the American Association of Museums and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Graduate Students from the University of Kansas. Simmons' publications include three books, Herpetological Collecting and Collections Management (2002), Cuidado, Manejo y Conservación de las Colecciones Biológicas (2005, with Yaneth Muñoz-Saba), and Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies (2006). He consults, teaches, and does field work in the US, Latin America and Asia. For more information visit his web site MUSEOLOGICA

 

MS101: Introduction to Museums
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: John Simmons
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Mar 3 - Mar 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS209: Collections Management Policies for 
Museums and Related Institutions

              Course Description & Info     Instructor: John Simmons
              Student Login    Price: $495
              Oct 6 - Nov 14, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS214: Collection Management Databases
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Sofia Galarza Liu and John Simmons
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Sep 1 - Sep 26, 2014    [Add to Cart]   

 

MS266: Legal Issues in Collection Management
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: John Simmons
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Feb 3 - Feb 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

MS267: Ethics in Museums and Related Institutions **NEW**
              Course Description & Info     Instructors: John Simmons
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Nov 3 - Nov 28, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Gawain Weaver teaches international workshops on photograph conservation and preservation. He earned his master's degree in art history and conservation from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and was a fellow at the George Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute for two years. His interest in photograph conservation included studying at Library and Archives Canada, the Amon Carter Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Northeast Document Conservation Center. For more information visit his web site Conservation and Consulting Services in the Care of Historic and Fine Art Photographs

 

MS222: Care of Photographs
              Course Description & Info     Instructor: Gawain Weaver
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              June 23 - Aug 15, 2014     [Add to Cart]   

 

Brad Bredehoft is the webmaster for Northern States Conservation Center (NSCC), administrator of museumclasses.org and also runs NSCC's product business. Brad has been with NSCC since 2005. Prior to working at NSCC Brad worked with the Science Musem of Minnesota in a number of roles including as the museum's webmaster, an exhibit developer and a consultant in the museum's move to a new facility where he was trained by and worked closely with museumclasses.org instructor Gretchen Anderson. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a Masters in Business from Southern Methodist University.









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