Northern States Conservation Center

Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.

Collections Caretaker

Collections Caretaker (January 9, 2010)
Providing training, collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services.

NSCC joins Facebook

We have joined the Web 2.0 revolution and, after 24 hours, have 23 Facebook fans. We will post our class news on Facebook, to help everyone keep up with what we are doing.

Become a Facebook fan of, our online training site, and get a 5% discount on one online class. This discount cannot be combined with other discounts.
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January & February Classes: List of classes for the next six weeks.

Case Study - NATHPO: Creative use of online classes to meet the training needs of Native American Museums.

January and February Classes

Starting January 11, 2010:

  • MS217: Museum Cleaning Basics
  • MS104: An Introduction to Collections Preservation
  • MS208: Applying Numbers to Collection Objects: Materials and Methods of Object Numbering

Starting January 18, 2010:

  • MS001: The Problem with Plastics

Starting February 1, 2010:

  • MS107: Introduction to Museum Security
  • MS235: Scripting the Exhibition
  • MS227: Care of Paintings **NEW**
  • MS225: Care of Baskets **NEW**
  • MS303: Found in the Collection: Orphans, Old Loans and Abandoned Property
  • MS213: Museum Artifacts: How they were made and how they deteriorate
  • MS209: Collections Management Policies for Museums and Related Institutions

Check out for the full list of 2010 classes!

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Case Study: NATHPO and NSCC

The New Year brings great news for Native American museums. The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers has received a federal grant to expand its National Native Museum Training Program.

The grant is one of seven awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its 21st Century Museum Professionals program.

NATHPO created the Native Museum Training Program to benefit tribal museums and the people they serve. The program is an outgrowth and response to the IMLS-funded study, Tribal Museums in America.

Tribal museums have the mission of preserving, perpetuating and revitalizing the cultural and historic heritage of Native peoples. The four-year National Native Museum Training Program provides a variety of opportunities for established tribal museum directors and current and future tribal museum personnel. Northern States Conservation Center is aiding this initiative by providing three online courses in 2010 and three more in 2011. They are:

  • NA222: Care of Photographs (Feb 1 - Apr 10, 2010)
  • NA254: Introduction to Tribal Museum Shop Management (Apr 26 - May 21, 2010)
  • NA255: Dangerous Materials: Chemical Poisons in Native American and Ethnographic Artifacts (Oct 4 - Oct 29, 2010)
  • NA214: Collections Management Databases (January 2011)
  • NA107: Introduction to Museum Security (March 2011)
  • NA256: Establishing a Tribal Museum (June 2011)

Students for these online courses must meet NATHPO qualifications. Contact Bambi Kraus at NATHPO for complete program details.

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Featured Products

This month we are offering free products if you sign up for one of two online classes:

Sign up for the March course MS205/6: Disaster Plan Research and Writing and receive a free flashlight with hand generator.Power the flashlight by squeezing a grip to generate electricity. There are no batteries. It guarantees light anywhere at anytime with just a squeeze. It is a good addition to a disaster kit.

Sign up for the March course MS210: Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and Archives and receive a free yellow sticky trap package. Yellow Sticky Traps, known as blunder traps, monitor areas for insect infestations. Put them near insect-susceptible collections and examine them monthly to see if you have small visitors.

March Grant Deadline

The 2010 IMLS 21st Century Museum Professionals grant deadline is March 15, 2010. Northern States Conservation Center will work with regional organizations who would like to write training grants that include online workshops for their constituents.

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