Tue Mar 17, 9:00 AM - Fri Mar 20, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

The vast majority of cultural heritage collections are located in storage spaces of all types and sizes making the method these objects are housed one of the most important factors for their long-term preservation. This hands-on workshop is designed for those responsible for the care and use of museum objects with a strong focus on creating practical storage mounts and supports that can be reasonably constructed by museum staff. The course will provide information and tools so that emerging and existing professionals at institutions of all types, sizes, and resource levels can learn how to strategize and construct safe and appropriate collection storage solutions.

Dates: Mar. 17, 18, 19, 20
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tue Mar 17, 9:00 AM - Fri Mar 20, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building T, Room 130, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

The focus of this course is to teach participants how to safely plan and execute moves of heavy and/or fragile museum artifacts weighing up to 5000lbs. Techniques taught will include equipment readily available to the heritage professional as well as equipment used by professional riggers. This course includes a brief history of rigging practices and technologies; how rigging crews and boxes are organized; mitigating the negative effects of rigging on surrounding structures and substrates using crates, pallets, and dunnage; using a forklift; common rigging problems and solutions; and specifications of and ordering cranes. There will be demonstrations and hands-on experience with rigging equipment.

Dates: Mar. 17, 18, 19, 20
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wed Apr 1, 9:00 AM - Fri Apr 3, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This course is designed to teach you how to write (or revise) a comprehensive set of policies to better collections in museums and related cultural institutions. The topics covered include a comparison of policies, procedures, and plans; what should be covered in collections management policies; methods for developing and preparing policy statements; and the relevance of standards and best practices to policy development. Policies considered include acquisition and accession of objects, deaccession and disposal, loans, collection access and use, intellectual property rights related to collection objects, risk management, documentation, and codes of ethics. Course material will be presented in the form of lectures, readings, and in-class hands-on activities.

Dates: Apr. 1, 2, 3
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon Apr 6, 9:00 AM - Wed Apr 8, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This course will focus on examining the changing female silhouette from the periods of 1830-1970, and how it affects the way a costume appears on exhibit; appropriate archival materials to use with museum costumes; and proper methods for exhibiting hats and other headgear. Participants learn the process of carving polypropylene foam to create custom forms, and will make a form they can take back to their institutions. Participants may bring costume pieces from their collection, and be prepared to transport your forms back home.

Dates: Apr. 6, 7, 8
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu Apr 16, 9:00 AM - Sat Apr 18, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

Although the field of historic preservation seems to be dominated by spasmodic restorations of buildings, the hard work consists of the regular, routine maintenance of these resources. This course has been developed to address those needs both in the short-term and in the long-term cycles. It is intended both for those actively engaged in maintenance and for those responsible for the management of the resources. The instructor, David Arbogast, is an architectural conservator with over thirty years of experience in the field. He brings to the course a wealth of experience and knowledge both from the professional and from the occupational maintenance of historic resources.

Dates: Apr. 16, 17, 18
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu Apr 16, 9:00 AM - Sat Apr 18, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 208, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

The focus of this course is on the preventative care of historical and contemporary photographs. Topics to be covered include the history and evolution of photography, agents of photographic deterioration, the stability and deterioration of each type of photograph, examination and identification of different photographic processes, and guidelines and standards for storage, exhibition, and use of photographic collections. The course will discuss all major photographic processes, positive and negative, used throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These will include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, collodion prints, carbon prints, platinum prints, gelatin prints, glass plate negatives, and film-based negatives. Participants are encouraged to bring items for discussion and examination.

Dates: April 16, 17, 18
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon Apr 20, 9:00 AM - Wed Apr 22, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 208, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This course will focus on the importance of conservation assessments as a preservation tool for photograph collections. Participants will visit a nearby institution to examine photographs and access preservation needs. In preparation for this assessment, it will be necessary to review applicable material from Care of Photographs I, such as the identification of photographic processes, their deterioration, and their preservation. During the assessment participants will access storage and environmental conditions, examine how the collection is used, and them set conservation priorities. The course will also address several related conservation issues: surface cleaning of photographs in preparation for exhibition, the proper mounting of photographs for exhibition, and the history, identification, and deterioration of color photographs.

Dates: Apr. 20, 21, 22
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon Apr 20, 9:00 AM - Thu Apr 23, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

Rare is the architect or firm that does not encounter a project in historic preservation and rare is the architect or firm that has the experience and expertise to understand the intricacies of these projects and their clientele. David Arbogast, an architectural conservator with over thirty years of experience in the field, will walk you through the common aspects of these projects ranging from the governmental agencies and regulations which frequently determine the outcome of the project to typical clientele to working with various preservation consultants.

Dates: Apr. 20, 21, 22, 23
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu Apr 23, 9:00 AM - Sat Apr 25, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 208, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

How does one recover wet photographs? This course begins with a “hands-on” wet experience. Photographs will be retrieved from a wet and muddy situation. Some will be air-dried and some frozen. The frozen images will be subsequently thawed for treatment. All images will be surface cleaned, washed, and flattened, where such operations are feasible. In tandem with the real-life experience, there will be lectures and experiments outlining proper techniques and potential dangers. Also, participants will continue to sharpen their photographic identification skills, relating the various processes to the proper procedures necessary for their safe recovery.

Dates: Apr. 23, 24, 25
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon Apr 27, 9:00 AM - Fri May 1, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This course is an introduction to book and paper conservation designed for conservation technicians and others who wish to have a theoretical preservation framework and basic hands-on treatment experience. Topics covered include a review of paper making, techniques of media application, degradation patterns, and preventative preservation care. Conservation treatments covered will include surface cleaning, humidification and flattening, various mending methods, non-aqueous deacidification, currently accepted materials for housings and treatments, and treatment documentation. Mending of rare flat paper and books using Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste will be emphasized. The class has been extended to a new 5-day format to allow additional time for paper production and media discussion, a demonstration of aqueous washing and deacidification, and more student treatment projects. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of specific problems for examination and possible treatment.

Dates: April 27, 28, 29, 30, May 1
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu May 7, 9:00 AM - Sat May 9, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This three day beginner-level course is designed for those with little or no prior museum experience and includes both lecture material and practical, hands-on lab work. This course is designed to introduce you to the preservation, documentation, and maintenance of the physical integrity of museum collections. This course begins with agents that deteriorate and how to mitigate their damage to collections. You will be introduced to physical properties of inorganic, organic, composite, and textile materials. The course then turns to the study of collections packing, shipping, and storage methods as well as collections hazards, safety and emergency planning. While intended as a general introduction to those without any museum experience, the course does include hands-on labs and exercises in addition to lecture content.

Dates: May 7, 8, 9
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon May 18, 9:00 AM - Wed May 20, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This 3-day course will cover the steps involved in creating a design package including scale model making and drawing using traditional and electronic tools. The use of exhibit design software Vectorworks and SketchUp along with graphics software Photoshop and InDesign will help students generate their designs. Students are encouraged to bring images and plans of their exhibit spaces and be prepared to discuss problems their museum is facing in terms of exhibit presentation and design. The instructor will furnish electronic design templates to help students get started. Materials and tools for building models will be provided.

Date: May 18, 19, 20
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu May 21, 9:00 AM - Fri May 22, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This 2-day course will help participants to further develop their exhibit designs. It will cover space design concepts, exhibit circulation, and choosing appropriate paint colors and finishes. This course will also introduce conservation concerns and materials in the design of cases, the design and layout of text panels, and best practices for gallery accessibility. We will add maquettes and 3-D furniture to your scale models to help you visualize your exhibit ideas. Design of simple and inexpensive interactive stations and their upkeep will be covered.

Dates: May 21, 22
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu May 28, 9:00 AM - Fri May 29, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This course offering is a combination of lecture and hands-on workshop for those responsible for the care, maintenance, and repair of historic scrapbook collections. This class will present the history of scrapbooks and their use as well as an overview of common formats, common types of materials preserved in scrapbooks, and most frequent preservation challenges. Tools and methodologies to assist collection managers in making preservation decisions regarding scrapbooks will also be presented. Hands-on repair approaches for scrapbook preservation will include stabilization with mylar sleeves while allowing for access to booklets and multi-page documents, removing artifacts from various scrapbook page formats, and stabilizing artifacts in-situ, as well as repair of various binding structures and support pages.

Dates: May 28, 29
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wed Jul 8, 9:00 AM - Sat Jul 11, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This class is a hands-on workshop for those responsible for the care, maintenance, and repair of circulating book collections. The class is of particular relevance to those professionals seeking an in-house option to outsourcing some repair treatments to a commercial bindery. Topics covered in this course will include the criteria used in decision making concerning the triage and treatment of damaged books, an overview of the necessary equipment and materials used in the treatment of damaged books, and an introduction to the conservation ethics applicable to circulating collections. Repair treatments covered in this course will include hinge tightening, flat paper mending, tip-ins, spine replacement, re-casing, and new casing. Participants are encouraged to bring books for analysis, treatment, and discussion.

Dates: July 8, 9, 10, 11
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon Jul 27, 9:00 AM - Wed Jul 29, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This course focuses specifically on collections management, facilities, and storage. The first section will cover risk assessment, staff training, inventory control, handling, and equipment. The second section addresses security and fire systems, environmental monitoring equipment, facility selection and design, and off-site storage. The third section discusses storage types, designs, material and construction; “custom-made” vs. “off-the-self” units; special housings; and how to build a custom objects storage unit. Participants are encouraged to bring up to six slides illustrating problems with their collections storage facility for discussion and analysis.

Dates: July 27, 28, 29
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tue Aug 4, 9:00 AM - Fri Aug 7, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

Participants will learn fiber microscopy and the visual, physical and technical properties that make up the many fabrics that are found in private and institutional collections. Readings and PowerPoint presentations will focus on environmental, storage, and exhibition standards for textiles and costumes. Examination and condition reporting will be introduced to evaluate a textile or costume. Participants will learn basic stitches to stabilize textiles and costumes. Participants should bring at least one textile or costume for examination and analysis.

Dates: Aug. 4, 5, 6, 7
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fri Aug 7, 9:00 AM - Sat Aug 8, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building T, Room 159, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

Good label-writing starts with good planning. This course begins with the basics, showing through examples and exercises how to shape goals and aim for the best visitor experience. Then students will practice writing and editing labels, including testing them for effectiveness. Bring samples of your own work for discussion.

Dates: Aug. 7, 8
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon Aug 10, 9:00 AM - Thu Aug 13, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This hands-on course is designed to give participants an opportunity for guided treatments of textiles and costumes. Participants may pursue wet cleaning, traditional reweaving, stabilizing using needle and thread, and/or consolidating using archival adhesive. Participants should bring their stitch sampler and at least one textile or costume for examination and treatment.

Dates: Aug. 10, 11, 12, 13
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mon Aug 17, 9:00 AM - Thu Aug 20, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

During this workshop participants will practice conservation techniques for mending structures of original and early bindings. Methods for identifying structures, assessing deterioration and choosing repair techniques will be discussed. Problems that can arise from the repair of original structures and materials will be examined. Participants should bring cloth and leather books needing repair, preferably no later than early 20th century.

Dates: Aug. 17, 18, 19, 20
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tue Aug 25, 9:00 AM - Fri Aug 28, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

The best first step to Preservation of books and paper materials is to house them in an archival storage container. Proper enclosures can protect them from the environment, including temperature and relative humidity swings and the effects of UV light. This workshop will cover boxes and enclosures for books and paper items from the simple to the complex, including the cloth covered clamshell box, phase box, self-closing wrapper, tuxedo box, corrugated clamshell box, the Folger Phase Box with Mylar Spine, enclosures for small items, and a four flap enclosure in a hard case. Class discussions will include the best material choices for presentation and preservation, best practices for measuring and cutting materials, and choosing materials for the best archival qualities.

Dates: Aug. 25, 26, 27, 28
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tue Sep 1, 9:00 AM - Fri Sep 4, 5:00 PM (CDT)

Highland Community College, Building H, Room 117, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL

This course will cover the methods and materials used on book manufacture over time. Students will make book models to be used as reference when approaching rare books for conservation. Variations in sewing structure and board attachment will be covered. Book structures covered will include Medieval Gothic binding, laced cased binding, 18th century laced boards, and 19th-century case binding. Models will be break away or partially complete to allow future reference to the structures of the models.

Dates: Sept. 1, 2, 3, 4
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm