The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums is pleased to offer three opportunities for emergency preparedness training this Fall, at no cost to you. For Minnesota’s local history community, this is important to protect employees, patrons, buildings, and collections from damage.
The training, led by Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC), will equip individuals with the skills and resources to conduct salvage of museum collections damaged by water and host abbreviated wet salvage workshops with their own staff, volunteers, and other regional collection caretakers. In addition, each participant will update or create an emergency plan for their organization in 2024.
ABOUT TWO-DAY WET SALVAGE WORKSHOP
Workshops will be on the topic of Wet Salvage and will cover the fundamentals of emergency preparedness providing in-person, hands-on experience. Wet salvage training involves teaching participants what happens to artifacts of different mediums when they get wet, such as paper, metal, wood, and glass. The training teaches how to stabilize and later dry the materials so they don’t sustain further damage from handling, decomposition, or mold growth. The workshop imparts skills in emergency preparedness and builds confidence for collections caretakers. Each Wet Salvage workshop will be two days in length, and will include the same curriculum but be offered in three different locations throughout the state.
ABOUT EMERGENCY PLAN WRITING
The final component of this training is a virtual workshop, Write Your Emergency Plan, in January or February 2024. This two-session online course will explain the essential components of an Emergency Plan and walk participants through the steps to develop a plan for their own organizations. Provisions for both major and minor emergencies will be discussed. Participants will work with an emergency plan template and customize it. They will be encouraged to complete a risk assessment questionnaire and work on the plan between sessions. They will conclude with a draft of their new Emergency Plan to share with their institution and board.
The wet salvage training includes a “train-the-trainer” component. Regional supply kits will be provided that, together with instructions from the Wet Salvage workshop, will allow workshop participants to conduct a small-scale version of the training with their own staff, volunteers, and other regional collection caretakers. The kits contain all the supplies the participants need to conduct small scale wet salvage workshops.
ABOUT MACC PRESENTERS
Nicole Grabow, Director of Preventative Conservation
Nicole joined MACC in 2006, coming from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. Prior to that, she was a Mellon Fellow at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of the American Indian, located on the Washington DC Mall, and an intern at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She holds a Master of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in Objects Conservation, and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Nicole has particular interest in working with Native American communities and on public art projects. She was a MACC Senior Objects Conservator and Preventive Conservator prior to becoming the Director of Preventive Conservation. She is a Certified CAP Assessor and a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation.
Melissa Amundsen, Assistant Preventative Conservator
Melissa joined MACC after her graduate Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York. She has completed internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota, MACC, and various private practices. She has special interest disaster response and preparedness, public art, and sustainability in conservation. Melissa holds a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation specializing in Paintings from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation.
TRAINING DATE & LOCATION OPTIONS
- Thursday, September 14 - Friday, September 15
at History Center of Olmsted County
- Wednesday, October 11 - Thursday, October 12
at Kandiyohi County Historical Society *FULL*
- Monday, October 16 - Tuesday, October 17
at Beltrami County Historical Society
INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION
- Two-Day Wet Salvage Workshop (SCHEDULE)
- One Night Lodging and Mileage Contribution
(based on registration choice and proximity)
- Lunch and Dinner Day 1,
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Day 2
- Virtual Emergency Plan Writing Workshop (early 2024)
Space is limited at each location. Participant selections will be made by MALHM Mutual Assistance team leads and notified on a rolling basis until spots are filled. Priority is to have participants from all of Minnesota’s regional history groups, followed by the most organizations represented. Multiple people from the same organization will be accepted only if space allows.
This project was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.