The 2011 Preservation Fair Hosted by
October 22, 2011, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania… Acquiring and displaying precious objects and family heirlooms is a passion for many people. Preserving personal treasures such as books, photographs, paintings, letters, and textiles, and caring for them over time is the hard part. On October 22, 2011, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Natural History hosts the 2011 Preservation Fair: Preserving Family Treasures. More than 30 conservators and vendors of conservation supplies and services will be on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations, and share information about preservation and conservation. No appraisals or valuations will be provided. The 2011 Preservation Fair is free with museum admission and is a collaborative project of Carnegie Museum of Natural History and University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences.
Informal talks are scheduled throughout the day. Among the featured speakers is Rick Sebak, an award-winning producer for WQED Multimedia whose documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the charms of Pittsburgh. Family activities include paper- and printmaking. Be sure to stop by the book dunk demonstration (see schedule below) to learn how to salvage water-damaged materials.
Visitors to the fair are encouraged to bring one small item to show the conservators. Basic advice on storage and handling are provided on the spot. Visitors with more complex conservation challenges may connect with an array of conservators who can explore projects in more detail later and help determine courses of action.
Noon, Let’s Just Save Everything
12:30 p.m., Basic Home Movie Care & Preservation
2:30 p.m., Preservation and Digitization: Trends, Techniques, and Reality
3 p.m., Book Conservation: Treatment of Special Books and the Care of Your Collection
10:30, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m., Book Dunk Demonstrations
11 a.m., Paintings & Prints: Preservation Tips
11:30 a.m., Carpet Restoration
1 p.m., Hand-made Papermaking
1:30 p.m., Boxes & Wrappers You Can Make at Home
2 p.m., Storing an Antique Wedding Dress
Mounting Plant Specimens
Cleaning and Mending Maps
Agents of Deterioration
Agents of Destruction
Preserving Paper Artifacts
Agents of Deterioration
Book and Paper Conservation
Frames and Framing, Gold Leaf Conservation
Natural History Materials
Salvage of Water-Damaged Materials
Storage and Storage Supports
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country and is redefining what it means to be a 21st-century natural history museum. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Through five new Centers, Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.
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