1999 Courses

Exhibition, Storage and Handling of Collections #C99-05 (Melvin Wachowiak)
February 1-4, 1999 $350.00
This is primarily a presentation of collections management for furniture collections, including environmental interaction and control, and collections care.  Additional discussion will focus on exhibition concerns, designing and constructing storage facilities and exhibition cases, handling, disaster preparation and mitigation, and collection surveys.

Preservation of Paper-based Collections: Collaborative Case Studies from Around the Mall #C99-06 (Dianne van der Reyden, Fei-wen Tsai)
March 24, 1999 No tuition fee
This half-day of presentations marks the kickoff for the 7th Annual RELACT Lecture Series, sponsored by SCMRE's Research, Libraries and Archives Collections Conservation Task Force.   Staff from the SI's National Museum of Natural History and National Air & Space Museum will present projects which can serve as models for maximizing minimum resources for the preservation of paper-based collections including drawings, watercolors, etc.

Introduction to Applied Optical Microscopy #C99-09 (Harry Alden)
April 12-16, 1999 $500.00
This course provides the foundation for advanced optical microscopy applications and for further training through the SCMRE Optical Microscopy Series.  Subjects addressed will include a thorough treatment of principles of geometric optics, imaging and illuminating optics, image formation, wave optics and diffraction, numerical aperture and resolution.  Types of microscopy covered include polarizing light microscopy, phase contrast and differential interference contrast, as well as Kohler, darkfield, brightfield and ultraviolet illumination.  In addition, students will receive introductions to: microscope specifications; imaging and photomicrography; specialized techniques and limits of material identification; documentation and analysis; and specialized applications, e.g. ceramics, ethnographic materials, coating materials (paints and varnish layers), natural fibers, metals, pigments, wood, charcoal and paper fibers.  Attendees will be selected from the applicants in concert with the faculty.  Do not send payment with your registration.

Conservation Administration #C99-08 (Donald C. Williams, Francine Lewis)
April 26-30, 1999 $400.00
This course provides the practical background of administrative procedures in both institutional and private conservation practices, with particular emphasis on strategic planning for museums and preservation-related small businesses.  It includes museum philosophy, organization and administration, small business management and law, marketing, grants, insurance, and laboratory administration and design.

Mountmaking for Museum Objects #C99-03 (Carol Grissom)
May 24-28, 1999 $500.00
Targeting a mix of museum preparators, mountmakers, designers, and conservators, this course will address mountmaking issues for three-dimensional objects during lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions making actual mounts.  The course is limited to twelve attendees, who will be selected from applicants in concert with the visiting faculty, David La Touche and Shelly Uhlir of Benchmark.  Do not send payment with your registration.

Preservation Principles for Paper-based Collections: Fundamentals and Future Directions in a Digital World #C99-10 (Dianne van der Reyden)
June 28-August 6, 1999
SCMRE is hosting and co-organizing the well-established and highly respected course sponsored by the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).  The course topics reflect the theory and practice necessary to develop strategic plans addressing core preservation responsibilities that encompass management, duplication, environmental control, collections maintenance, and conservation treatment, research and training.  For further information, contact ICCROM at: Via di San Michele 13, 00153 Rome, Italy; or e-mail iccrom@iccrom.org

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Annual Meeting #C99-11 (David Von Endt)
June 27-July 2, 1999
SCMRE is the co-sponsor (with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History) of the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution.

Technology and Preservation of Furniture, Paintings and Paper-based Artifacts #C99-12 (Donald C. Williams, Francine Lewis)
July 12-16, 1999
Offered through George Washington University, this course is a five-afternoon survey of the materials, fabrication, deterioration and preservation of paintings, furniture, and paper.  The course will include lectures and demonstrations by SCMRE staff, and is intended to inform prospective caretakers and appraisers on the nature of these artifacts.   To register contact: GWU Appraisal Studies Program (202) 973-1175.

Technology and Preservation of Glass, Ceramics, Pottery, and Metals #C99-13 (Donald C. Williams, Carol Grissom)
July 19-23, 1999
Offered through the George Washington University, this course is a five-afternoon survey of the materials, fabrication, deterioration and preservation of glass, ceramics, pottery, and metals.  The course will include lectures and demonstrations by SCMRE staff, and is intended to inform prospective caretakers and appraisers on the nature of these artifacts.  To register contact: GWU Appraisal Studies Program (202) 973-1175.

Wood Anatomy and Identification #C99-14 (Harry Alden)
August 9-13, 1999 $500.00
This course provides an introduction to wood anatomy of temperate and tropical species and to their macroscopic and microscopic identification.  Emphasis is placed on real-life applications of analysis of samples from wooden artifacts from museum and archaeological contexts (including charcoal).  Areas covered include sampling, microtechniques, character identification and identification of unknowns using reference sets, dichotomous keys and computer applications.  Students are welcome to bring an object for analysis.

AAAS Sesquicentennial on the Mall (Donald C. Williams, Francine Lewis)
September 12-18, 1999  CANCELLED
Founded by the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, The American Academy for the Advancement of Science is celebrating its 150th year.  As part of the joint celebration, SCMRE will be hosting a Pavilion on the Mall, showcasing its programming.   The event is free and open to the public.

Show Time! Exhibition of Document Collections #C99-16 (Dianne van der Reyden, Fei-wen Tsai)
October 14-15, 1999 $50.00 for lectures, $200.00 for lectures and hands-on workshop
This course, the third and final in RELACT's Time Series, is intended for individuals interested in the best and newest developments in innovative, preservation-quality materials and designs for exhibition of a wide range of paper-based materials.  The course will consist of lectures open to a large audience (followed by workshops open to a limited number of participants meeting selection criteria. For information about workshop eligibility, contact Francine Lewis.)

Technology of Furniture Making I - Structure #C00-01 (Donald C. Williams, Francine Lewis)
October 18-22, 1999
Offered through the George Washington University, this five-afternoon course will be a demonstration-based presentation of furniture fabrication emphasizing the materials and techniques employed in the harvesting and preparation of lumber, and the cutting and assembly of the components.  Particular emphasis will be on the differences in pre-mechanized and post-mechanized processes.  To register contact: GWU Appraisal Studies Program (202) 973-1175.

Technology of Furniture Making II - Decoration #C00-02 (Donald C. Williams, Francine Lewis)
November 1-5, 1999
Offered through the George Washington University, this five-afternoon course will be a demonstration-based presentation of furniture fabrication emphasizing the techniques of surface decoration: carving, marquetry, painted and transparent finishes, metal leaf.   To register contact: GWU Appraisal Studies Program (202) 973-1175.

Polarized Light Microscopy - Fundamentals and Applications for Conservators and Archaeologists #C99-07 (Harry Alden)
November 8-12, 1999 $500.00
This course furnishes an in-depth look at the fundamentals of polarized light microscopy and applications for those in museum and/or archaeological fields.  It includes principles (wave nature of light, isotropy, anisotropy and optical activity), mechanics and use of polarizing microscopes, sample preparation, orthoscopy and special methods.   Emphasis will be on pigments, particles and fibers.  Attendees will be selected from the applicants in concert with the faculty.  Do not send payment with your registration.

Plant Anatomy and Morphology for Objects Conservators and Archaeologists #C00-03 (Harry Alden)
November 15-19, 1999 $500.00
This course provides an introduction to and appreciation of plant anatomy and morphology for those dealing with ethnographic objects made from or containing plant materials.  Emphasis is on herbaceous characters of leaves, stems, roots and bark.   Wood anatomy and identification is covered in a separate course.  The information provided will form the basis for construction of reference material sets, recognition of anatomical characters and comparative analysis of unknown samples.   Areas covered include anatomical characters, sampling, microtechniques, and data accumulation from both reference and unknown materials.  Students are welcome to bring an object for analysis.  Attendees will be selected from the applicants in concert with the faculty.  Do not send payment with your registration.

Other topics or courses will be incorporated as the SCMRE Education programming evolves.

For further information on these or other SCMRE Education programming, contact:

SCMRE Education Program
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746

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